Not all insect eating species seem to have had a bad season though. Swifts (tårnseiler) and Swallows (låvsevale) seem to be abundant as are White Wagtails. Red-backed Shrikes also, and surprisingly, seem to have had a good season and in addition to the 3 young birds still in Maridalen I had three youngsters at Fornebu. Two Redstarts and a Pied Flycatcher were unusual autumn migrants to find at Fornebu and maybe these species have also had a god year.
In Maridalen I glimpsed a Honey Buzzard and heard a Redshank which is an unusual autumn record here.
|one of the Red-backed Shrikes (tornskate) at Fornebu|
|Redstart (rødstjert) at Fornebu|
|can you see the 3 wader species in this shot from Storøykilen, Fornebu?|
|Lesser Whitethroat (møller) and Whitethroat (tornsanger) from Fornebu|
|this newly fledged Blackbird (svarttrost) was still being fed by mum. It is quite a late date but the mum had a very easy job collecting food. They were sat in a berry tree and she just collected berries and dropped them in juniors open mouth|
|I'm not sure which species this caterpillar will grow up to be but is I assume a moth rather than butterfly. A google search of "caterpillar red spike tail" suggests it is a Bedstraw Hawk Moth (hyles gallii) (mauresvermer)|