Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Oslo in a nutshell

I took in quite a few of Oslo’s best localities today in chilly temperatures but without the rain that was forecast and with few new birds,

Maridalen had 3 Lapwings in the morning but 6 by the afternoon which were stood on the ice – hopefully these (and more to come) will breed in the Dale. A pair of Sparrowhawks were displaying and showing off the size difference between the sexes. The Great Grey Shrike was still present and 6 Mistle Thrushes were feeding together with a flock of 9 Long-tailed Tits close by.

At Østensjøvannet lots of Black-headed Gulls were back although I couldn’t find any Med Gulls among them but hope one or more will turn up later in the spring. I did have my first Moorhen of the year which was a bird ringed in Stavanger plus a couple of Great Crested Grebes.
Bygdøy held a flock of 90 Starlings but little else of note.

Fornebu had Ringed Plover, Water Rail, Shelduck, Redwing and Hawfinch.

Temperatures tonight are supposed to gown below zero with rain forecast tomorrow – expect it will be warm and sunny then.

this pair of geese on Bygdøy is perhaps the source of many of the hybrids around Oslo 
my first Oslo Great Crested Grebe (toppdykker) of the year at Østensjøvannet

Østensjøvannets two most characteristic breeding species 

Ringed Moorhen (sivhøne) at Østensjøvannet - this first time this ring has been read away from Stavanger 
Østensjøvannets wintering female Pintail (stjertand) is still present

Ringed Plover (sandlo) at Fornebu
displaying Sparrowhawks (spurvehauk). The smaller male is easy to see

still only a small area of open water at Østensjøvannet but lots of birds
Lapwings (vipe) on the ice in Maridalen

calling Long-tailed Tit (stjertmeis)

it looks like this bird has got stuck on a twig but I don't think that was the case

And a series of pictures of twigs with birds spoiling the background

Stock Dove (skogdue) 
Hawfinch (kjernebiter)

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