Moving towards the fjord it suddenly felt more like spring with the snow having melted on some of the fields at Bygdøy. Here there were over 100 Greylag Geese on the fields plus my first Lapwing of the year and a flyover Stock Dove. Still no Skylarks or Snow Buntings though. At Huk there were now 49 Oystercatchers whose calls definitely gave a feeling of spring.
Fornebu was also able to add to the spring feeling with my first Starlings and Common Snipe of the year and a calling flock of 11 Whooper Swans heading north east.
Some new snow in the afternoon though showed that winter is not letting go that easily!
|Not exactly a normal backdrop for a photo of Common Crossbill (grankorsnebb)|
|you can see the tongue of the left hand bird as though he is trying to lick the brick|
|note the tongue of the left hnd bird|
|a wing barred Common Crossbill|
|the usual adult (male?) Goshawk (hønsehauk) showing well|
|Great Grey Shrike (varsler) still present in Maridalen|
|lots of Greylags back now|
|a definite sign of spring is seeing the first flowering Coltsfoot (hestehov)|
|Oslo and Akershus' first Lapwing (vipe) of the year|
|with such long tufts it must be a male|
|los of Oystercatchers (tjeld)|
|but still very much winter for this Red Squirrel in Maridalen|
|my first Starlings (stær) of 2016|
|and a migrating flock of Whooper Swans (sangsvane)|