I decided to give Årnestangen a go as there was a long pause in the rain forecast which would let me walk out and back without getting soaked and I knew that the water levels had fallen considerably such that there would be some exposed mud. 9 May with rain should be a good day there but as I walked out I didn’t get any great vibes. A few Whimbrel, Greenshank and Wood Sandpipers were around but when I finally got to the end the exposed mud held just a single Little Ringed Plover. Single male Shoveler, 2 male Gadwall and a male Marsh Harrier were the only birds of note and I decided to call it quits for the day. Getting back into Oslo I had to do some shopping and thought I’d check out Maridalen one more time – and thank the Bird Gods I did. It was raining hard by now and I had no intention of getting out of the car so stopped at Kirkeby to check the lake. A small group of ducks were just about to swim out of sight but I got the last one in the bins and surely it was a male Ring-necked Duck? I got my rain jacket on, covered my camera and headed out…. And what do you know? Oslo and Akershus’s first Ring-necked Duck was a reality!! I had bet this would be the next new species for the county in a Facebook competition and had harboured a hope that I would find it in the Dale…
Amazingly enough this is the third new species for Maridalen this year after Mandarin and Bar-tailed Godwit and just highlights the rewards that one can have covering a local patch instead of running around the country.
|male Ring-necked Duck (ringand)|
|I'm not quite sure why it is called Ring NECKED but it sure has lots of rings around the bill|
|a twitch developed surprisingly quickly and people stood very dangerously on the road (could have been in England!)|