Rustic Bunting on the other hand is found in water logged forest, often as a result of beaver activity, and extensive survey work has this year located just 5 territories. After failing to see a bird at the site I have visited in the last 2 years it was therefore a great surprise when I found a singing male at a new site and an additional bird to those found in the survey work. This male sang continuously and was clearly unpaired. In addition its slightly drab plumage pointed to it being a 2cy male. The birds I have seen the last two years have been paired and ultra-secretive with only a brief snatch of song heard. It was therefore a magical experience to hear this bird sing continuously and come close to it.
|male Ortolan (hortulan)|
|male Rustic Bunting (vierspurv)|
|in full song|
And some other birds:
|male Smew (lappfiskand)|
|male Common Rosefinch (rosenfink)|
|Willow Warbler (løvsanger)|
|pair of Wigeon (brunnakke)|
|Wood Sandpiper (grønnstilk)|
I am not finished with Hedmark this year and look forward to searching again for the large owls. Although Great Grey Owls are not breeding and require pure luck to find I did not have time to check out Ural or Eagle Owls which are less dependent on rodents. I also need to get into the mountains to experience lekking Ruffs plus Red-necked Phalaropes and hopefully Broad-billed Sandpipers.