Monday, 18 February 2019

An early spring on the cards

The unseasonal warm weather continues with temperatures not dropping below zero and the snow melting quickly. Over the weekend very early Skylark and Stock Dove were seen in Oslo and today a Crane was reported north of the city. I much prefer a late spring as this brings with it mass arrivals of but it looks like this year will be an early spring with birds just seeping gradually in.

For my part I had a cheeky session at the docks yesterday and was rewarded with a female Smew, Little Grebe, 400 Goldeneyes and rarest of all a hybrid Pintail x Mallard although this didn’t allow close study.

Goldeneyes (kvinand)

Little Grebe (dvergdykker)

Mallards (stokkand) and the grebe

a hybrid male Pintail x Mallard - note teh long tail, grey bill and broad white collar which went up at the back

very distant Smew (lappfiskand)

Purple Sandpipers (fjæreplytt) still at Huk

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