I decided therefore to investigate both these sightings yesterday. I first stopped at Østensjøvannet (not the one in Oslo, but the other one). Here there were no interesting wildfowl but a very interesting passerine. I picked it up on call and couldn’t immediately place it and then saw it flying over. It was clearly a bunting but I saw no plumage features. I then had a memory. Last week saw a mini influx of Black-headed Buntings in to Norway and I had listened to the call just in case. Wasn’t this the same call? I whipped out the phone and played the call and yes, I would say it sounded pretty darn similar! Of course, the observation can never be anything more than one that got away but it gave me a nice little adrenalin rush.
I was, unsurprisingly, unable to find the Turtle Dove although did have a Great Grey Shrike nearby which was to be the first of three in total during the day.
I then headed to Krokstrand to view the fjord. The sea was dead calm and there were indeed Razorbills everywhere. They were sitting on the sea in small groups and flying in all directions. There were a minimum of 100 and amongst them I had a single Little Auk which was my first of the year and 2 Guillemots. I can never before remember an influx of auks where Razorbills have been the commonest species with it normally being Guillemots or Little Auks that predominate.
Even more interesting than the auks was a Dutch Submarine that sailed south past me. Submarines are not exactly a common sighting for me and I really can’t think why a Dutch one would be in the Oslo Fjord but I’m sure it was a friendly visit!
|Razorbills (alke) heading north|
|one on the sea|
|a Cormorant (storskarv)|
|and a submarine|