Pretty much the first bird I saw was a Wryneck which was sunning itself in the dead bush normally favoured by a Red-backed Shrike and later in the morning the Wryneck had been substituted and a shrike was in the same place. Tw of my all-time favourite birds in the same bush means the birding day has been a success. In the same small area were 3 Redstarts, 4 Spotted Flycatchers and 4 species of warblers so it felt very good and spurred me to check the rest of Fornebu with high hopes only to find out that the small area held nearly all the birds there were to find!
On the water in Storøykilen I saw the Little Grebe that has been present for a week or so and in the reeds I heard the Water Rails calling so tried to see them. I settled down in a good place and waited. I had two birds (possibly three) calling very close by but only managed to see one bird. It was actually quite close but the encounter was so brief that I just managed a blurred photo.
A short stop in Maridalen gave me just a single raptor but it was a new one for the autumn namely a Kestrel.
|Wryneck (vendehals) with a curious Willow Warbler (løvsanger)|
|Red-backed Shrike (tornskate)|
|Reed Warbler (rørsanger). note long primary projection and weak supercilium compared to the Blyth's Reed from Maridalen|
|a blurred Water Rail (vannrikse)|
|very distant Little Grebe (dvergdykker)|
|Three Greenshanks (gluttsnipe)|
|yet another caterpillar of Bedstraw Hawk Moth (hyles gallii) (mauresvermer). Note the ant hitching a lift|
|My first Kestrel of the autumn in Maridalen with three Swallows mobbing it|
|a load of bull in Storøykilen|