Today though did not disappoint. We had good views of a number of species including Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Wryneck, Teal, Red-throated Diver, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit and Skylark. An Oystercatcher on the lake was a real patch rarity and there were also Greenshank, Green Sand and Snipe. A very enjoyable morning.
After guiding I headed off for a quick walk around Fornebu and had a lot more species than I expected. A Brent Goose that has been around a couple of days was easy to find with the local Barnacle Geese but I didn't expect to see (or hear) Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Whimbrel and Common Redstart. The Redstart was a male and in exactly the same spot as the female Black Redstart I had a couple of weeks ago - clearly a good start point!
My only raptor of the day was an unusual Common Buzzard over Fornebu and I was very disappointed it wasn't something rarer.
Here are some pictures from today in no particular order. Most are from Fornebu where I had the camera out whereas when guiding in Maridalen photography was not a priority.
|male Blackcap (munk)|
|Barnacle Geese (hvitkinngås) with a Brent Goose (ringgås) in the background|
|The Brent Goose|
|the white edges to one of the coverts show this to be a 2cy bird and is most likely the same bird seen around Oslo earlier in the spring|
|the days only raptor - this Common Buzzard (musvåk) was escorted away from Fornebu by the local crows|
|Lesser Whitethroat (møller)|
|first Pied Fly (svarthvit 'snapper) of the year|
|a pair of Red-throated Divers (smålom) were making a lot of noise as they flew over Maridalen|
|Small Tortoiseshell (neslesommerfugl) and bee|
|Song Thrush (måltrost)|
|a pair of Wheatears (steinskvett) having an argument|