On Bygdøy there were now three Lapwings, over 200 Greylag, I heard a fly over Snow Bunting and there were 3-5 Stock Doves with two of them singing.
A visit to Østensjøvannet revealed no increase in the area of open water but there were a lot of birds with Goldeneyes and Tufted Ducks now back. Four Goldeneyes were also on the one small area of open water on Maridalsvannet.
|male Goldeneye (kvinand) with Mallards|
|here we can see the inner eye lid which is like a windscreen wiper|
|three Lapwings on Bygdøy. The left hand bird is a female and the other two males|
|a so-called "inter-sex" Mallard most likely a female with a lot of male hormones|
|the male Wigeon x Mallard hybrid|
|here the hybrid and the intersex Mallard. These intersex bird can often be suspected of being hybrids and the similarity in head pattern can be seen here|
|I normally don't spend time with plastic wildfowl but in the snow the Ruddy Shelduck made a nice subject|
|Wood Pigeons (ringdue) are nearly even better looking though|
|the Goshawk (hønsehauk) as perched up in the same tree in Maridalen where it was having good preen. Note the huge talons|