Unlike a visit a week ago when there was hardly a thing to see there was now loads and it was one of those days when you don’t know where to look because you are afraid of missing something or just when you get to grips with a wader flock a raptor puts them up and you have to start again.
Highlights were a single Broad-billed Sandpiper, 16 Curlew Sands, 35 Little Stints, 2 Knot, 2 Turnstone, 2 Little Gulls, 1 Shoveler, 51 Pochard, 4+ Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrine and 2 White-tailed Eagles. Compared to end July/beginning of August there are far fewer waders species (although total numbers are high) and I only had 12 species with a single Wood Sandpiper the only tringa and juveniles are now dominant.
|the best crop I managed|
|Three Curlew Sands and a Dunlin (myrsnipe)|
|a calidris collection. Mountain Marsh Runner, Dunlin, Little Stint and Curlew Sand|
|Little Gull (dvergmåke)|
|I saw three juvenile Marsh Harriers (sivhauk) together but there may have been more. This one showed well from the observation platform|
|this is an older female Marsh Harrier (maybe a 2cy) and was being chased off by a Little Gull|
|a large 1cy female Peregrine (vandrefalk) being chased off by Common Terns (makrellterne)|
|Two Peregrines together. The large 1cy female and a noticeably smaller male. The Light was bad (as you see) and it was difficult to see plumage tones but I think it was an adult male (dad) with his daughter|
|Lots of Teal (krikkand) but a single Shoveler (skjeand) was the only scarce duck I could find|
Yesterday on a strictly no birding trip in Maridalen with the girls I was very surprised (shocked) to see, whilst trying to get close to some horses) that the Whooper Swan pair which I hadn’t seen since 17 April and had assumed had moved off had actually bred and had 7 large young! They were in the same place as I saw them in April (and where they bred last year) but had clearly not bred on the small (and visible) pool they used last year but in the adjoining flooded woodland where they quickly disappeared. Isn’t it amazing that such a large and obvious species can hide away - what else don’t I see?
|some swans amongst the trees|
|can just make out one of the juveniles|
|this is where they have been hiding since April - amazing!|
|this Red-backed Shrike (tornskate) didn't mind the girls getting close|
|a Camberwell Beauty (sørgekåpe)|