Birding is being fitted in around fatherly duties at the moment but I did fit in a quick morning visit to Maridalen and a downtown shopping trip also provided a birding opportunity.
It was chats (including thrushes and starts) that were the highlights. In Maridalen Bluethroats (4) nearly outnumbered Whinchats (5) and downtown I eventually (after around 10 attempts) caught up with the breeding Black Redstarts which everyman and his dog has seen before me this year.
The Bluethroats prevented a bit of an ageing and sexing challenge. Of the birds I saw well one was clearly a 1cy female but another bird may well have been an adult male (see pictures and comments).
|this bird is a 1cy female. 1cy because of the obvious wing bar and female as no blue or red colours on throat/breast|
|another male most likely same as first bird|
|the tail is very good ID feature on a flushed bird seen briefly|
|this is the same male|
|1cy female looking almost thrush like|
|and the 1cy female again|
|a Whinchat (buskskvett)|
|Black Redstart (svartrødstjert). Adult male (right) and a youngster begging for food|
|the male is starting to look scruffy.|
|close up of wing formula of one of the juveniles|
|juvenile Black Redstart|
|and looking for insects on ground|
|the two youngsters together|