Pink-footed Geese were also moving today with 180 over Maridalen and 220 over the house.
I paid a visit to Østensjøvannet where Smew and Pochard have been seen recently. Despite there still being over 50% ice it was surprisingly hard work finding things and I was the only one of 4 observers who have reported on ArtsObs to see the Smew today whereas one other observer managed to see the Pochard. Two Chiffchaffs in waterside sallows were my first of the year.
I managed a quick stop at Fornebu. There was no sign of the Bearded Tits although I didn’t give it long enough to be sure they aren’t there but Chiffchaffs were also here and the biggest surprise was a flyover Rock Pipit. This species is a scarce spring migrant in inland areas but has been almost abundant this spring.
|female Smew (lappfiskand) Østensjøvannet|
|Mistle Thursh (duetrost) Maridalen|
|Mistle Thrush and first Redwings (rødvingetrost) of the year|
|first Song Thrush (måltrost) of the year|
|migrating Stock Dove (skogdue) with Wood Pigeons (ringdue)|
|first White Wagtail (linerle) of the year|
|the picture doesn't quite capture the intense pink flush on this Black-headed Gull (hettemåke)|
|and my first Chiffchaff (gransanger)|
|three male Goosanders (laksand)|
|a 2cy Goshawk (hønsehauk)|
|when I first saw this bird I initially thought it was a male Goshawk but soon saw it was a large female Sparrowhawk|
|the 2cy male (it sings) Great Grey Shrike (varsler) is now attaining adult plumage|
|it went down on the floor a couple of times and may have captured small insects|
|Pink-footed Geese (kortnebbgås) over Maridalen|
|and over the house|