With a daughter who has just tested positive for Covid I am now in two weeks quarantine. I have also been tested and if I am positive I will face 10 days isolation. In Norway quarantine allows you to still go out for a walk as long as you avoid others but isolation means staying inside. Although I have no symptoms the chances must be high that I have caught it from my daughter so I may not be out for a while….
So, what was perhaps my last birding for a while saw me in Maridalen where I got my fix of Hawkie and saw two Common Buzzards. I also had a rare sighting of a Peregrine over the house but with little else showing it is perhaps not the worst time to be stuck inside.Whilst watching the Hawk Owl a Goshawk called close-by and it was amazing to watch how alert the owl became and that his body shape changed completely.
|Hawk Owl (haukugle) striking two very different poses. To the right is the Goshawk pose|
|Hawkie in habitat|
|and looking very fat - the bird is nearly all feathers that it can blow up presumably to trap air for insulation|
|Common Buzzard (musvåk). This pale bird is very distinctive|
|and this darker bird is also distinctive in that it is unusually dark|