You wait a year and then two arrive. On Thursday I discovered there are two Pygmy Owls in Maridalen and they have adjoining winter territories which bodes well for further sightings and perhaps a chance of breeding next year? Saying that though I am unsure of the sex of the birds. One has called but not sang a few times which I take to be a sign it is a female whilst the other bird gave the species autumn song a couple of times which I assumed would mean it is a male but upon reading up I see that both sexes apparently give the autumn song. At one point after I had used playback both birds were in the same tree and the presumed female (whose area we were in) chased off the other bird (which had flown a few hundred metres to be there) which then returned to its own territory but there was no big confrontation between the birds.
Today I spent some very quality time with the presumed female and even took my tripod with me so have taken some film of better quality than my usual offerings ;-) The other bird sang a couple of times from its territory but did not show.
Pictures and video from today (Friday)
|I had the bird so close but in the shade that I was able to use the flash on the superzoom|
|in sunlight with the bazooka|
|searching for mice|
|interested in tits - Blue ones that is|
Pictures and video from Thursday
|Maridalen Thursday morning|
|the presumed female in the same area as the bird I saw on Monday and Tuesday|
|and the possible male in same area as Wednesdays sighting|