My ability to predict good birds but just get the date wrong came with 2 Little Gulls being seen at Østensjøvannet on Saturday (after I had visited on Friday). One was still present today but was a scruffy 2cy instead of the very smart 3cy that had also been seen. Surprisingly with all the rain there were no hirundines at Østensjøvannet - there was presumably too much rain.
Up in Maridalen I had a male and female Kestrel who clearly thought there was too much rain and were seeking shelter under the eaves of a house and on the church ruins. This is a late date for Kestrels in Maridalen and will be interesting to see if they hang around and are thinking of breeding. All the rain had caused large pools to form on some fields which attracted all three sandpipers but nothing else. A late evening visit in the rain but with no wind produced the now rarely heard song of a Cuckoo plus Woodcocks but no other nocturnal birds although Marsh Warblers should turn up soon and hopefully also Corncrakes.
|a male Kestrel (tårnfalk) sheltering from the rain in Maridalen|
|close up - this bird was soaked through|
|and a female|
|the male also chose to rest on the sheltered side of the church ruins|
|2cy Little Gull (dvergmåke) at Østensjøvannet|
|6 of the 8 migrating Ringed Plovers (sandlo) at Gressholmen|
|the view from the boat stop at Gressholmen|