Another bird in the flock was hobbling and had clearly damaged primaries. A flight shot I got of this bird shows it to be the same as a bird that flew off north where we were watching the geese in Østfold on Saturday (all the other birds flew down to the river whilst this one headed north on its own and I speculated it was on its way to Akershus). A report from Østfold recorded 64 birds in addition to our 24 so we are still missing a lot of birds and the varying counts make one wonder whether some of the birds are moving around to unknown sites.
The rest of our day was quite a frustrating disappointment due to continuous rain and temperatures that never rose over 3C combined lots of snow and ice on fields and lakes. We had quite a few forlorn looking Lapwings, my first Golden Plover of the year and Cranes and Snow Buntings but it was not a good day for a bird guide.
An evening trip up into Maridalen revealed 7 Snow Buntings, Merlin, Kestrel and a (the?) pair of Whooper Swans back.
|the birds are circled|
|a few of the 24 geese are just visible|
|Denise and Alan watching the geese|
|we drove up into the farm that you could see in the above photo and came much closer to the geese (circled)|
|the geese were exploiting the stubble where a tractor has driven during the winter|
|the black leg ring shows this to be 27 although it was very difficult to read the collar due to fading. 27 seemed to be paired with the bird to its left on the snow who was sans bling|
|this bird with a very damaged left wing and also a limp was the same as..|
|the left hadn bird of these three photographed on Saturday|
|Snow Buntings in Maridalen|
|Whooper Swan pair in Maridalen who were also exploiting where a tractor has cleared snow|