Thursday, 29 August 2019

Playing away from home

With rain in the air yesterday I abandoned Maridalen and headed for Årnestangen with a hope of a wader bonanza. There was rain but no bonanza with a meager 12 Dunlin as the most numerous species. There was a bit of variety though with Temminck’s Stint, Grey Plover and Knot the scarcest waders. I had 5 Marsh Harriers (Hen and hopefully Pallid should also arrive soon) and an adult White-tailed Eagle and best of all the two Great White Egrets which have now been here for a month.

It rained really hard today but was far too much (and lots of lightening) to make the prospect of another trip to Årnestangen appealing. I instead popped into Maridalen where the Beast and I got soaking wet but did have a couple of Bluethroats and a Hobby as reward. The hide at Østensjøvannet seemed like a good idea – it might be useless as a hide but does keep you dry in the rain – although the hoardes of hirundines and terns and Little Gulls that I had hoped for were not present. I did however find a Slavonian Grebe (less than annual here) and a couple of Little Grebes which were first found a couple of days ago.

Both the Great White Egrets (egretthegre) 

an older (2cy+) female Marsh Harrier (sivhauk) that headed very purposefully south

whereas this juvenile was honing its hunting skills

Cranes (trane)

adult Grey Plover (tundralo) with a Temminck's Stint (trust me)

Bluethroat (blåstrupe) in the Dale

2 Bluethroats having an altercation

a leucistic Coot (sothøne) at Østensjøvannet - I initially thought a large bird had shat on him!

adult Hobby (lerkefalk) in Maridalen

Little Grebes (dvergdykker). The bird on the right is an adult in summer plumage (not often I have seen this plumage in Norway) and the other bird probably a bird of the year

not ofthen you see them in flight

Slavonian Grebe (horndykker) - I'm not sure whether this is an adult in transitional plumage or a youngster

this bird also decided to fly

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