Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Maridalen in mid Agust

Maridalen showed off its best side today with most of the mid/late August goodies showing themselves with Bluethroat, Red-backed Shrikes, Honey Buzzard, Nutcracker and Black Woodpecker topping the bill.

This Bluethroat (blåstrupe) is a 1st winter bird (it still has some white juvenile feathers on the head plus a broad wing bar) and the colourful throat suggests a male

the diagnostic red tail feathers

but they quickly disappear

one of four young Red-backed Shrikes (tornskate) which were together

and another perching bird - a Whinchat (buskskvett)

adult Common Buzzard (musvåk) and Honey Buzzard (vepsevåk). The Honey is a male and I saw it a few times in the same area including skydancing suggesting it had found a wasps nest in the area. I also had 3-4 Common Buzzards, a Saprrowhawk and an Osprey

Two male Yellow-winged Darter /gulvingehøstlibelle /  Sympetrum flaveolum suggest this species has established itself in Maridalen after I had the first record only last year

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