I chose Østensjøvannet because with sunny, warm weather I thought there might be insects to attract early hirundines or maybe my first Willow Warbler of the year. I also hoped to refind the Med Gull that hasn’t been seen again since Saturday. Well, none of those hopes became reality but I did have a very early singing Wryneck which showed well as it sang strongly from high up in a tree. On the water there was little of interest except for a female Smew (I had hoped for some interesting dabbling ducks but there is still very little green weed in the water so it may well be a few weeks before anything interesting is found here).
Maridalen was very quiet. Two Ring Ouzels were on the fields at sky scanning did reveal a Merlin, 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk but otherwise the fields were nearly empty of birds and there was little song with all the Bramblings already have moved on. The possible European Long-tailed Tit is still present and paired to a normal bird, I had my first Peacock butterfly of the year and the frog pond is now heaving with spawn.
|my initial view of the Wryneck (vendehals)|
|which then came closer|
|and showed very well|
In this video you can hear it's version of song
|a Black Woodpecker (svartspett) in Maridalen|
|loads of frog spawn!|
|Great Crested Grebes (toppdykker) seem to have a liking for perch (abbor) which must be the most difficult fish to handle|
|the intergrade Long-tailed Tit|
|my first Peacock butterfly (dagpåfugløye) of the year|
|a Redwing (rødvingetrost)|
|and the distant Smew (lappfiskand) at Østensjøvannet here showing its diminutive size compared to a Goldeneye|