No guesses for where I was today.
The sunny weather plus significantly higher water levels (and less mud) as a result of the earlier rain means that the number of waders has fallen significantly – only 15 Dunlin now but there is still variety and birds were dropping in for short periods of time before flying off. I actually ended up with 11 species of wader with in addition to the Dunlins also Ringed Plovers, Snipe, Golden Plover, Curlew, Greenshank, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Little Stint.
Raptor were enjoying the sun and warmth with at least 8 Buzzards, 4 Sparrowhawks, 3 Hen Harrier, and singles of Marsh Harrier, Goshawk and Kestrel. Ospreys seem finally to have moved off.
Highlight of the day was again the Great White Egret which I spotted from the car along the river just south of Lillestrøm but it quickly flew off. The moulting primaries show that this bird was also seen on 8 September in Telemark.
|no great views of the Great White Egret (egretthege) today|
|would have been a nice garden tick for someone though|
|map showing the bird's (as identified by its primary moult) movements. The records on 5th and 6th September are not documented well enough to see if it the same bird|
|this male Marsh Harrier (sivhauk) is very pale which is a sign of it being very old. I have never seen a bird like this before and it was a really interesting bird|
|from below you be thinking Hen Harrier possibly|
|the very obvious white rump was also a feature that made one think Hen Harrier from above|
|one of 2 Cuckoos today. The other was the same brown bird I also saw the last 2 days|