Monday, 19 October 2015

Too nice weather

The exceptional autumn weather continues with overnight frosts and windless, cloudless days with blue skies and autumn colours making it look beautiful wherever you look. This type of weather is not conducive to exciting birding though and many birds are clearly using the good weather to migrate and there are fewer and fewer birds for every day that passes but with little in the way of new birds arriving although I did have my first Waxwing (sidensvans) of the autumn on Saturday and it would be great if we had a large influx of these special birds.

I chose Fornebu again today with the vague hope of unearthing a Pallas’s Warbler (fuglekongesanger). That predictably was just wishful thinking and a single Chiffchaff was the only warbler remaining. In what was a very quiet morning I only noted 7 Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark and 3 Lapwings alongside small numbers of finches and thrushes. Definitely nothing rare of scarce although Water Rails were making themselves known and  even had one bird calling in flight over the reedbed which I have never noted before and was I assume due to it having been scared up but something.
Meadow Pipit (heipiplerke) in the warm autumn sunshine

Mute Swan (knoppsvane)

this one was smoking!

a very majestic Roe Deer buck

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