An hour and a half around noon in Maridalen revealed quite a few raptors. A Merlin and a Kestrel flew very purposefully south and at least 7 Sparrowhawks were thermalling or hunting around the valley and were probably local birds which was confirmed for one at least as a photo I took showed it to have been ringed in the nest in the Oslo area this summer. Of larger raptors I had 2 Honey Buzzards, a single Buzzard and an Osprey that flew north into the forest with a fish which may mean that it still has young in the nest.
|1cy Sparrowhawk (spurvehauk) with colour ring. Another bird ringed in the nest this summer in Oslo has already made it to the west coast of Norway|
|the days Merlin (dvergfalk)|
|a resting Grey Heron. All the blacks spots in the picture are midges and not my mucky lens|
|juvenile male Redstart (rødstjert)|
|Spotted Flycatcher (gråfluesnapper)|
|juvenile Starling (stær) coming into adult winter plumage|