We are now getting to the time of the year when trips to the forest can pay dividends. I have visited two of my favourite areas and heard 4 Hazel Grouse (but not yet seen one, although have been close enough to hear the whirring of wings), had a single Pygmy Owl and discovered a Three-toed Woodpecker nest but have yet to see any of the ‘peckers. Things should just get better in the coming weeks and now I know where some of the birds are I can now work out how best and easiest to see them.
I have also found the time to visit Nordre Øyeren which was very productive with a total of 5 Great (White) Egrets which is a new record for me, White-tailed Eagles, Hen and Marsh Harriers, Honey Buzzards, 28 Black-tailed Godwits topping the bill.
|Pygmy Owl (spurveugle) and a Great Tit (kjøttmeis) which was unhappy with its presence|
|4 Great (White) Egrets (egretthegre) in the mighty Svellet|
|and a 5th one at Årnestangen|
|surprisingly enough this was only my second Hen Harrier (myrhauk) of the year|
|a young White-tailed Eagle (havørn) a 2cy bird I believe|
|and an adult|
|same bird. The head is not very pale and the bird is I belive a young adult|
|a man with a camera in a boat scaring all the birds away|
|the same place (Storøykilen at Fornebu) at the same time the day before when said man with camera was not present...|
|A Three-toed Woodpecker nest hole. As is often the case it is in a spruce and very low down|