Friday, 5 February 2016


Today I was back to my good old routine of Maridalen, Bygdøy and Fornebu in nice conditions with no wind and sunny spells. Maridalen held no bird surprises but I saw three Moose which were my first sighting of the real deal so far this winter (just tracks and droppings until now). One was right by the road and in the end crossed the road in front of cars whilst I sat in mine and watched – with the size of these beasts you would definitely not want to ever hit one in a car.

Bygdøy was also quiet with a couple of close Razorbills and four flyby Common Scoters the only birds of any slight interest although a total of 38 Guillemots out on the fjord was a very high count.

Fornebu only revealed the usual suspects but this time I saw some of the Beardies. The much photographed group of three females and a male showed high but distantly in the reeds whilst at least two more birds called 100 metres away. I also managed slightly better views and photos of Water Rail and saw there were two birds using the same ditch.
Moose (elg) crossing the road in Maridalen

a drive by shot
Male Bearded Tit (skjeggmeis)
all four of the Beardies that I saw - as you can see not exactly close range
the flock of 4 1st winter Common Scoters (svartand) that seem to be the only ones of their kind wintering in the inner Oslo Fjord this year
female Great Spotted Woodpecker (flaggspett) in Maridalen

the male Teal (krikkand) at Fornebu

could have been a great shot

Water Rail (vannrikse)

Willow Tit (granmeis) Maridalen
eating pork....

a possible arty shot - Treecreeper (trekryper)

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