Today was yet again not the day that I would find an Oslo Yellow-browed Warbler but with a few Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs then it felt like there was a good chance and twice I did think I heard a distant Yellow-browed but think that my mind was playing tricks on me. The fjord was very quiet today with nothing exciting and no migrant sea ducks at all.
Maridalen had soe sea duck though with a sleeping group of 6 Common Scoters. Highlight of the day though was seeing that the Whooper Swan family had made it to the main lake. I would love to know how they did it. I am sure that they would have not managed to walk there so would have had to make a very hazardous first flight. The youngters did seem to be very pleased with themselves and were flapping wings amd preening as though they couldn’t wait for their next flight!
I started feeidng in the garden yesterday and already today could note 8 species including a smart male Brambling. There is an elder bush in the garden which usually attracts multiple Blackcaps each autumn. This autumn I have not seen a single bird and there is no evidence that any of the berries (and there are many) have been eaten – further proof, as if it was needed, that 2015 has been a terrible breeding year for warblers.
|a male House Sparrow (gråspurv). Interestingly the two islands with cabins (Nakholemen and Lindøya) had House Sparrows whereas uninhabited Gressholmen had Tree Sparrows (pilfink)|
|todays Goldcrests also responded to pishing|