It was cold and windy today though and I did of course go out. I chose Årnestangen where I knew that water levels are already high (wader passage in any numbers will be a non starter this year) but it is May so there should always be something to see. The high water levels had indeed covered all the mudbanks but had flooded some fields so there were some areas suitable for waders. 50 odd Wood Sandpipers, 30 Greenshank, 17 Oystercather, 17 Lapwing, 8 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 7 male Ruff, 4 Redshank, a Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and a few Snipe were the waders. Dabbling duck numbers were low with around 100 Teal, 40 Wigeon and amongst them a few Mallard, a pair of Garganey, a pair of Shoveler and a male Gadwall.
Best raptor was a Marsh Harrier and otherwise there was just a couple of Ospreys and a Kestrel. A few Yellow Wagtails were searching for food in the flooded areas and all were male Grey-headed except for one female type that may have been a Blue-headed.
At the weekend I had pre breakfast outings to Maridalen both days but with very little to show for my efforts excepts for a couple of Redstarts.
|Meadow Pipit (heipiplerke)|
|Tree Pipit (Trepiplerke)|
|and a Meadow with a bug|
|female Yellow Wagtail (gulerle). Not sure what race it is|
|male Ruff (brushane)|
|male Redstart (rødstjert)|
|the subdued plumage and brown wing feathers show this to be a young bird, born last year|
|this Robin (rødstrupe) in Maridalen has clearly got something wrong with its neck but seems to be coping fine|
|a rare sighting of a Stock Dove (skogdue) in Maridalen|