The Beans were present and their numbers have significantly increased. Counting them in an undulating field was very difficult and I came up with a minimum of 134. Reading rings was difficult but I had three new birds.
A short stop in Maridalen on my way home turned up 3 singing Skylarks despite there hardly being any bare ground, a flyover Grey Wagtail and the Great Grey Shrike still going strong.
|After leaving the river the geese split into 2 groups. This flock of 58 on the snow was easy to see and I read a number of rings all of which are shown below|
|The black ring on left leg shows this to be 07 whose GPS transmitter has stopped working. The solar panel is visible here|
|6S which I saw for the first time this year and was one of the original birds I saw here in March 2012|
|6Y with a ringed but non-collared bird. The birds seemed to be paired and is likely to be 3X whose collar has dropped off|
|6Y again and 6U|
|6Z and 6X who are a pair and blue right (06) with an old GPS transmitter|
|6Z and 6X again plus yellow left (04) and blue right (06) again|
|7V whose is paired to 3Y|
|the rest of the flock was feeding at greater range in this adjoining field where they could disappear in deep depresions|
|This was my only raptor of the day, a perched Common Buzzard (musvåk)|
|Maridalen's Great Grey Shrike (varsler)|
|Maridalen's first Skylark (sanglerke) of the year was singing from this perch|
|can you make out Grey Wagtail (vintererle) and Skylark?|
|the fields at Kirkeby, Maridalen where the Skylarks were. Note the ski tracks still visible in the snow|