Summer migrants were suddenly more noticeable. I had a Willow Warbler singing outside the house and two in Maridalen. Three Tree Pipits flew over, a couple of Blackcaps sang and there was a single Swallow. Observations from others later in the day included both House and Sand Martins.
Raptors were limited to Osprey, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
An afternoon family trip to Fornebu revealed a singing Wryneck which has been there a while plus more Willow Warblers and a Greenshank.
|if there can be any doubt about the quality of Maridalen here is the 2016 league table from ArtsObservasjoner. Maridalen currently is the 11th best birding location in Norway and ahead of Utsira!!! Of the 115 species observed I have seen 109|
|here are the 10 Common Scoter (svartand) on Maridalsvannet with the 5 Eider behind them|
|The Eiders were at 3km range but this picture almost counts as a record shot. The female is the dark sopt on the left|
|various wildfowl and Black-throated Diver on the completely calm lake|
|Cranes (trane) are still migrating - these three flew over Fornebu|
|his mate has pale legs and was presumably a "Polish Swan" as a youngter although is not the same as the bird (27E) I observed on Fornebu on 22 March although I would expect them to have the same parents. Y368 is a year older than 27E|
|the male was very aggressive towards Greylags|
|yet again lots of Rouzels (ringtrost) in Maridalen|
|this Rouzel had a white tail feather|
|I had my Tree Pipit (trepiplerke) of the year today|
|singing Wryneck (vendehals) Forneb|