Surprisingly there was not a single gull in Frognerpark and by the station in Majorstua there were only a few gulls with two adult Black-headed and 15 each of Common and Herring. It is my feeling that the numbers of gulls and especially smaller gulls that winter in Oslo has declined sharply the last few years but unfortunately the data set available is not as good as it could be due to the refusal of some to record their observations.
I also checked out Akersevla at Vaterland. Here there were 80 odd Herring Gulls but as usual no other gull species here. A young Cormorant of the subspecies sinensis was incredibly tame and would probably have shaken hands with me if it could. There are plenty of fish in the river and I don’t think the bird was sick but has just got very used to people (has been here a while).
|uncropped iPhone photo of the juv sinensis Cormorant (mellomskarv)|
|the Mallards went crazy when I threw out bread|
|but the Teals (krikkender) didn't even raise raise their heads.|
A thin covering of snow and a cloudy sky had completely changed the landscape in Maridalen today.