It is grim, damp, cold and dark October weather at the moment although the Norwegian birding scene was enlivened by the country getting in on this year’s North Russian Dunnock bonanza with a bird pulled from a net on the west coast. I’ll have to find one in the field soon…..
I limited myself to a very short trip to Maridalen where a Common Snipe had replaced the Jack and the Great Grey Shrike showed itself but I didn’t even hear or see a Southern Scandinavian Accentor let alone its Northern Russian cousin.
The Whooper Swan family put on a nice show. With these seven young the pair has now brought a minimum of 16 young to fledging since they first bred in 2010 with possibly as many as 21:
2016: 7 young fledged (7/7)
2015: 4 young fledged (4/4)
2014: no nest ever seen and a non-breeding pair on lake in May and June but a pair with 4 young in October could have been from Maridalen but may also have come from Triungsvann (0/4). In 2015 & 2016 the pair bred in a new (and not previously visited location) to that in 2013 so could well have been here also in 2014.
2013: pair were sitting on nest in May but no young seen. Breeding failed (0/0)
2012: 6 young hatched, 4 fledged (4/4)
|An impressive sight and achievement from these Whooper Swan (sangsvane) parents to succesfully raise 7 youngsters|
|A study in black and white - Great Grey Shrike (varsler)|