Well Cuckoo has fallen with a rare singing bird in Maridalen but there is still a real dearth of many migrants. Where are the Wrynecks? I haven’t heard Willow Warbler singing from the house yet. I’ve read that GPS tagged Montagu’s Harriers and Ospreys are still in Africa – what is going on?
Early yesterday morning I was guiding as a birthday present and chose Fornebu as the perfect location for a walk and a good variety of birds. We had lots of singing Warblers but 3 singing Thrush Nightingales at close range was the definite highlight. There were surprisingly few people around despite sunny, windless conditions and many birds showed well. The arrival of migrants that I had hoped for did not (as has been the case this spring) materialise and there was only one obvious migrant to see, but it was a good one with a Temminck’s Stints feeding alongside Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers.
|Temminck's Stint - a rare bird at Fornebu|
|both of these Common Terns (makrellterne) were ringed|
|most female Eiders (ærfugl) are already on eggs so this bird will probably not breed although the male was keeping close contact should her mood change|
|Thrush Nightingale (nattergal)|
|Black Woodpecker (svartspett) in Maridalen|