Daytime birding in Oslo felt a bit unusual yesterday. It was a damp day and mosquitos are starting to be a problem now unfortunately. Highlight was seeing that the Whooper Swan pair had a flotilla of hatched young in tow. Yet again they have 7 young which according to BWP is the largest recorded clutch size so they seem to be prodigious parents. Fingers crossed that all seven fledge as they did last year - it is no wonder that Whooper Swan numbers seem to be increasing. Correction: on 22 June I saw they had 8 young meaning the books need to be rewritten! All my still photos from 6 June show 7 young (as below) and that is what I noted in the field but in a video I took that day there were clearly 8 young!
|Mum, dad and young Whooper Swans (sangsvane)|
|no - the valleys resident 2cy Common Buzzard (musvåk) easily identifiable by all its missing feathers|