My search for the Three-toe was in vain. I chased up every tapping sound I heard but found only Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Nuthatches. The mixed woodland here is full of rotting trees and has a very high density of birds with many tits and finches. After giving it an hour and half I set off back towards Oslo. I followed the same route that had given me three Great GreyShrikes four weeks ago and this time had only one but this was the bird which I didn’t manage to photograph last time and this time I did get a photo.
I twitched a Little Grebe at Drøbak which showed well alongside Mallards and had a stop at Østensjøvannet when I got back to Oslo. Here the birds are managing to keep two tiny area of water ice free and all the usual suspects were still present.
|looking south over the Oslofjord from Jeløy 10:44|
|Arctic Redpoll (polarsisik) on the left and inset along with Common Redpolls (gråsisik). Note the white unstreaked flanks, tiny bill, straw coloured head and breast with greyer back.|
|in flight the extensive white rump is obvious|
|this bird is possibly a different individual but is also an Arctic. Note the seemingly complete white undertail coverts|
|Great Grey Shrike (varsler). The black bill, solid lore and clean underparts show this to be an adult|
|Little Grebe (dvergdykker) with Mallard|
|the larger area of open water at Østensjøvannet (the other area is under a road bridge).|
|the deformed young Coot is amazingly still alive. It is still a long way from acquiring adult plumage (will it ever?) and its plumage is in such a poor state that water freezes on it. It must be a born survivor|
|a yellowy legged Herring Gull (gråmåke) with a normal pink legged bird|
|the female Pintail looked to be in good form today with no shivering of the wings|
|another shot with the wrong camera settings although I could claim this was an intentional attempt at art...|