There was not a lot of birdlife to note unfortunately. I came across no flocks of Redpolls to grill (I still need Arctic in Oslo) and small gulls were very scarce (only a couple of years ago I could find a couple of hundred Common Gulls but today managed just 13). A large flock (ca.500) of Goldeneyes feeding on spilt grain at Vippetangen contained at least 5 Tufteds but the sun was low and behind the flock so I was unable to grill it for anything else. The lighting though allowed some atmospheric pictures.
Herring Gulls were common with over 600 birds noted and amongst them I had Leif the leucistic bird and for once managed good pictures including flights shots. He really is a messed up bird with non-symmetric colouring. He also has some dark feathers in the wing so is possibly not an adult bird as I had previously assumed.
The Botanical gardens held at least 20 Hawfinches and unseasonal 4 Bramblings and 3 Chaffinches.
Despite nothing of particular note the sunny weather resulted in a lot of pictures so I’ll stop writing and let the pictures talk.
|sunrise today was very dramatic with high levels of air pollution no doubt adding to the firieness. Picture taken at 0921.|
|the sun was still dramatic at 10:06|
|the cold caused a mist to form over the water presumably as a result of the warmth being sucked out|
|lots of life in the Botanical Gardens. Here 4 Bramblings (bjørkefink) alongside Siskins (grønnsisik), Greenfinch (grønnfink), Repoll (gråsisik), Blackbird (svarttrost), House Sparrow (gråspurv), Great Tit (kjøttmeis) and Blue Tit (blåmeis)|
|male Brambling. A 1st winter I believe as the greater covert bar has two different colours|
|a mal Brambling looking very smart in flight|
|another male Brambling this one an adult I think. It had some sort of disease and had lost all the feathers on its cheek. Also a Tree Sparrow (pilfink)|
|female Brambling with male Chaffinch (bokfink) - also this one probably a 1st einter|
|not many Fieldfares left (and no Waxwings) but these three were searching for fallen berries. Can you see the two Bramblings?|
|some of the Goldeneye (kvinand) flock amongst the icy mist|
|here with a male Tufted Duck (toppand)|
|very atmospheric. Looks more like the picture is taken by a thermal spring in Iceland|
|this Guillemot (lomvi) looked like it was trying to play hide-and-seek|
|smart male Hawfinch (kjernebiter)|
|a drabber female Hawfinch towers over the other finches|
|The leucistic Herring Gull (gråmåke)|
|here it looks to me to be an adult and has a red eye ring|
|note though there are black feathers in the wing. This long with the remnant dark markings on the bill are a sign of immaturity and make the bird probably a 4th winter. The bird only used one leg and I never saw the other leg. When I saw him on 27 November he had and was using both legs. After initial posting this I have seen that this same gull was ringed today on the right foot see here so it clearly has two legs!|
|the leucism is not symmetrical. the righ hand wing has normal black outer primaries but these are white on the left wing|
|here one can see that the right leg is seemingly missing|
|in Frognerparken there were only two female Teal left. This is the tame ringed individual. Note the green speculum versus the blue of the female Mallard (stokkand)|
|female Siskin (grønnsisik)|
There were a handful of Redpolls in the Botanical Gardens and all looked different. I believe all are Common/Mealy Redpolls (gråsisik) but a couple may be Lesser (brunsisk) although not classic individuals and one was approaching Arctic. But given that it is all clinal then lets just call them Redpolls
|looks like a Common|
|small billed and buffy wing bars make this look like a Lesser but I ain't so sure|
|an adult male Common - white wing bars an lack of buffy tones around face|
|another adult male. Maybe a Lesser? Buffy(ish) wingbar and warmer tones around head|
|Common Redpoll - white wingbars and a lot of white in the rump|
|a very pale and small billed Common Redpoll that is approaching Arctic Redpoll and indeed may be one - the streaking on the undertail coverts probably not too extreme for Arctic but the rump could be larger and whiter ba|