Yesterday's outing was also noticeable for good numbers of raptors and Red-backed Shrikes. After Årnestangen I continued to Hellesjøvannet and had shrikes at 5 locations showing that post breeding dispersal is well underway and also suggesting a good breeding season which is nice to see after I had very few spring observations.
Hellesjøvannet was fantastic for raptors with 8 species seen from one spot. I had a minimum of 4 Honey Buzzards (plus a couple on the drive), 14 Common Buzzards (incl 8 in one thermal), 3 Hobby, 2 Osprey, 3 Marsh Harriers (2 fledged young begging for food which dad provided), Sparrowhawk, Goshawk and an adult White-tailed Eagle (also saw one at Årnestangen) The one surprising species I did not record during the day was Kestrel but one revealed itself today.
At Årnestangen the Common Terns that had their first breeding attempt ruined by flooding have successfully re-laid a d at least 15 young were close to fledging and being fed by their parents. I also had Marsh Warblers at two locations including one young bird that continually gave the sylvia (and Blyth's) like chacking call so this would appear to be a common call for Marsh despite it being hardly mentioned in the literature. Maybe it is used by young just for a short period of time after fledging?
Today I popped into Maridalen on the way home and had to sit out a biblical like (and very local) deluge. Right after this I had close views of a Honey Buzzard circling up with some food in its talon and then gaining great height before drifting off to the east. This bird was as a male but not the same as the bird on Wednesday.
|Bar-tailed Godwits (lappspove) yesterday at Årnestangen|
|Grey Plovers (tundralo) and Barwits in flight yesterday|
|and on the deck|
|Grey Plovers with a single Knot (polarsnipe)|
|Curlew Sandpipers (tundrasnipe). Photo taken today but also seen yesterday|
|adult Sanderling (sandløper) and Dunlin (myrsnipe) today|
|Male Honey Buzzard (vepsevåk) yesterday on the way to Hellesjøvannet. In the field I had though this was a female due to it being so brown and dark but the grey head shows it is a male|
|Honey Buzzard at Hellesjøvannet - one of at least 4. This seems to be a female due to barring in secondaries and a brown (?) head|
|the bird that wing-clapped over my head. Note also how the colouring changes depending on exposure|
|1cy Marsh Warbler (myrsanger) which gave a chacking call|
|one of 2 Ospreys (fiskeørn) at Hellesjøvannet yesterday|
|a 1cy Red-backed Shrike (tornskate) yesterday|
|adult male Red-backed Shrike today in Maridalen|
|Two young moose (elg) by the road yesterday|
|mum was looking on|