Yesterday was blessed with an overnight frost that left frozen puddles and a fantastic warm sunlight in the morning. Birds though were not to be found and despite the perfect viewing conditions I found nothing of interest at Fornebu – no Beardies, no rare phylloscs, not even a Muckiminger.
Today was cloudy and windy and to be honest didn’t really have many more birds but a Great Grey Shrike showed very well in Maridalen and there were lots of birds on feeders both in the garden and in Maridalen.
|I have never before noticed these"teeth" on the upper mandible of a Great Grey Shrike.|
|the black lores and bill seem very adult like but the barring on the underparts is a definite sign of this bird being a juvenile. Looking at pictures I see nothing to suggest that it has not been the same bird that has been seen on and off in MAridalen since 18 Sept even though when I saw it on 3 Oct I was sure it was an adult|
|the barring is very obvious here. Extreme cases of barring can give the bird a pink look which might cause confusion|
|this bird has very little white in the secondaries (nearly none) which matches my pictures from 18 Sept|
|the two Collared Doves (tyrkerdue) that are in the garden daily now|
|a curious female Teal (krikkand) at Fornebu yesterday. A Water Rail was calling right behind it but wouldn't show itself|
and some grainy photos from the feeding station in Maridalen today
|Crested Tit (toppmeis)|
|Willow Tit (granmeis) - compare ot the Marsh Tit from a few days ago|