The high pressure remains firmly planted over Scandinavia, but the winds were much less today. I hoped there would be some raptor movement and spent hours gazing up at a blue sky over Maridalen but all in vain. I had a nice day in the sun and explored many areas but there was even less to see today. Temperatures fell to -5C overnight and everything was frozen over early on which of course doesn’t help.
I had one of the Great Grey Shrikes today and believe now that there have been at least 2 different individuals in the Dale in April. I also had both male and female Merlin.
|These 5 Cranes (trane) flew north and the resident pair were on their favoured field|
|this Great Grey Shrike (varsler) lacks the white feathers in the secondaries (on both sides) that another bird showed on Wednesday so I feel confident we are talking of at least 2 birds (at three sites) this week|
|male Merlin (dvergfalk)|
|and female trying to look like a Gyr Falcon|