A new week and the last summer migrants are arriving. I have a bit of guiding coming up so wanted to make sure that I have control over the goodies. I located my first Red-backed Shrikes of the year with 2 males in Sørkedalen (although not in Maridalen yet), a Rosefinch in Sørkedalen (and others had in Maridalen) and 3 Wryneck territories in Maridalen. The Scaup was still on Maridalsvannet (what is it thinking of?) and some of the scarce/rare breeders were also still going strong.
At the Tawny Owl nest an adult was giving alarm calls audible from a long distance and when I got there was a mob of crows around the nest box. I only saw two youngsters in the nest and found some Tawny Owl feathers on the ground (from the adult I think) so wonder if one of the youngsters had jumped out and been discovered and taken by the crows with the adult having tried to defend it?
I also discovered a Common Sandpiper nest for the first ever time when two adults flew up calling from a woodland edge 20 metres from the water. The nest was just a depression in the grass with a single egg.
|male Red-backed Shrike (tornskate) - I think it is easy to see where the English name comes from|
|Tawny Owl (kattugle)|
|half closed eye lids|
|Two large Black Woodpecker (svartspett) young. This nest has come a lot further than in Maridalen where they are stil excavating|
|Common Sandpiper (strandsnipe) nest|
|Icterine Warbler (gulsanger)|
|Pied Flycatchers (svarthvitfluesnapper) are now back in good numbers|