I had a hope that Østensjøvannet would be heaving with hirundines, Black Terns and Little Gulls but the rain had not been heavy enough so I had to be content with Swallows, Swifts and a single Sand Martin. Passerines were well represented though and in a small area I had a singing Red-backed Shrike, Wheatear, Whinchat, Yellow Wag, Reed Warbler Garden Warbler and Whitethroat. Two newly fledged Grey Wagtails being fed by their parents were unexpectedly early.
In Maridalen I was hoping for Common Rosefinch. I heard the song straightaway but this came from a mimicking Whinchat. I soon heard the song again from another area and this time without any interludes of more typical Whinchat song and eventually got my eyes on a fine red Rosefinch! I had two red males in total and also 3 males and a female Whinchat.
|singing male Common Rosefinch (rosenfink) in Maridalen - the second bird|
|the first bird eating a seed|
|note the 2 ticks (flått) under the bill|
|male Red-backed Shrike (tornskate) Østensjøvannet|
|Whinchats (buskskvett) from Maridalen - a female on the left|
|Common Whitethroat (tornsanger)|
|Garden Warbler (hagesanger)|