Circumstances this year have conspired such that I am not able to travel to our cabin north of the Arctic Circle near Bodø. And this after a solid 9 year run. This is a real highlight of every year and birding wise had resulted in my two best finds ever (Asian White-winged Scoter and Pied-billed Grebe).
Every cloud, silver lining and all that though it does mean that I am able to discover the bird and perhaps most interestingly the insect life of Oslo in July which I have missed out on before. Birding wise it has allowed me to follow up on some exciting, if not rare, breeding birds which I will have a long post on later in the year. Insect wise I was of course hoping to find some interesting butterflies or dragonflies. I hoped to see Poplar Admiral (ospesommerfugl) and White-letter Hairstreak (almestjertvinge) but have not succeeded so far.
It has been very good conditions for butterflies though and I have seen a lot of species with fritillaries with 8 species in Maridalen being all I could hope for with only the exception of Queen of Spain (sølvkåpe) which it is still early for. A moth stole the show though with a huge Bedstraw Hawk-moth (mauresvermer) having me initially thinking I was watching a dragonfly as it buzzed past me. Luckily it stopped to nectar on thistles for a couple of minutes and despite having the Beast with me I got some nice shots.
Another silver lining has been able to watch football and TdF on the big screen rather than on a phone as is the norm at the cabin 😊.
|Bedstraw Hawk.moth (mauresvermer)|
And now 8 species of fritillary seen in Maridalen this week:
|my first Cranberry Fritillary (myrperlemorvinge) in the Dale|
|High Brown Fritillary (adippe perlemorvine)|
|Silver-washed Fritillary (keiserkåpe)|
|Dark Green Fritillary (aglajaperlemorvinge)|
|Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (brunflekket perlemorvinge)|
|Pearl-bordered Fritillary (rødflekket perlemorvinge)|
|Heath Fritillary (marimjelle rutevinge)|
|Lesser Marbled Fritillary (engperlemorvinge)|
|Grey Heron (hegre)|
|Reed Warbler (rørsanger)|
|this Osprey was flying high over Maridalen calling and engaging in display flight with fish in talons. Why? I do not know|
|Goshawk (hønsehauk) - a 2cy bird I think|
|this Swallow (låvesvale) really made the hawk flinch|
|Three-toed Woodpeckers have not been easy (for me) to find this spring so it was nice to come across this juvenile and adult male|
There is not much variety amongst the odonata at the moment but some of them do look quite stunning:
|Golden-ringed Dragonfly (kongelibelle)|