One of the shrikes allowed me to approach it closely and I even managed a picture of it with a bumblebee. It was however nothing like as good as this picture taken by young birder Bjørn Penk.Up in Maridalen I didn’t even last 2 hours in the heat but raptors were less obvious than yesterday. The first raptor was a Honey Buzzard which I picked up on call. After having heard a bird calling on Monday I felt that the call I heard was from a Honey Buzzard but I needed to see the bird to confirm it and it took a while to pick it out against the blue sky. It was a bird I saw yesterday that is lacking primaries in both wings and I later also saw the bird that is lacking a primary in its left wing showing that the at least some of the birds I am seeing are local birds. I also had a group of 3 distant raptors that I was unable to ID but were also most likely Honies. I only had singles of Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk today plus a distant Hobby.
|Red-backed Shrike (tornskate) with bumblebee which seem to be common this summer unlike wasps|
|swallowing the bumblebee|
|note the long hairs by the bill. I'm not sure of the purpose of these|