Yesterday, Anders and I followed a well-worn path and headed east. New birds for the year were around every corner and I added Song Thrush, Kestrel, Merlin, Rough-legged Buzzard, Green Sandpiper and Parrot Crossbill. Raptors we noticeable with 8 species (the other five being Peregrine, White-tailed Eagle, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Goshawk), waterfowl numbers are increasing with Teal exceeding 100 at a coupe of sites and Cranes numbers were significantly up.
Passerines are still to come in any numbers though and there were no flocks of thrushes, finches or pipits.
|male Kestrel (tårnfalk)|
|female Merlin (dvergfalk) - looks a bit like a Gyr Falcon!|
|Rough-legged Buzzard (fjellvåk) - the extensive tail barring and dark underparts show it to be an adult male|
|Taiga Bean Goose whose appearance morphed and was initially difficult to (sub)species identify although its large size left no doubt|
|another Taiga which was a lit easier|
|here the two are in the same shot although they were never together. The morphing bird is on the left but here there is no doubt it is a fabalis|
|and the other bird showing how thin its lower mandible is|
|and a Tundra Bean Goose. Noticeably smaller than the Greylags with a big thick bill, short thick neck and large dark head|
|a young White-fronted Goose (tundragås)|
|a Crane (trane) with mucky feet|
|60 odd Cranes|
|and the Maridalen Black Redstart was surprisingly refound and showed well at the end of our trip|