After a wintery and bird light weekend away in Bodø it was good to get out in Maridalen today. Things started slowly as we had a cold night and it was still -4C when I drove in at 0830. Things warmed up quickly though when I found only the second ever Black Redstart for the Dale. I had it around the church ruins for 20 minutes before it vanished. The habitat was more suitable for a Stonechat but I am definitely not complaining 😊
|Black Redstart (svartrødstjert) - I am undertain of sex and age but suspect it is 2cy male|
|this signpost has been used by many birds over the years but this is the rarest so far|
|Snow Buntings (snøspurv)|
|this Sparrowhawk (spurvehauk) was the only raptor I saw although i did hear a Goshawk|
|my first White Wagtail (linerle) of the year|
|Whooper Swan (sangsvane)|
My first White Wagtail and Dunnock for the year were also welcome and Twite, Snow Bunting and Mistle Thrush were all in double figures so it was a proper early spring day! A Crane flew low over in the afternoon and clearly wanted to land but chickened out and 1200 Pink-footed Geese migrated over in 8 flocks. The only thing missing was any form of raptor migration.