Today, it is raining – not a lot but it finally feels like autumn and my thoughts go to Værøy and wondering about what exciting birds I will not be seeing…
In Maridalen ahead of the rain yesterday there was a slight change in the bird life with late(ish) records of Common Sandpiper and Whinchat, still a few Tree Pipits (but not the hoped for Red-throated) and an increase in the number of Wheatears. Bird of the day though was a Guillemot. This species is often seen in the autumn following storms but there has been to weather that would push a bird inland so it is a bit of a mystery as to why it was there.
I spent a lot of time sky gazing hoping for raptors but there was disappointingly little to see although an adult male Osprey flying high to the north with a fish and undoubtedly to a nest was a surprise. A surprise because it is late for young to still be in the nest and also a surprise because it looked as though it was coming with the fish from the fjord (wasn’t coming from Maridalsvannet at least) so was flying a very long distance (20km) between feeding ground and nest.
|male Osprey (fiskeørn) still taking food to the nest|
|Common Sandpiper (strandsnipe) flying in front of Greylag Geese (grågås)|
|this Guillemot (lomvi) was a big surprise|
|Sparrowhawk (spurvehauk) and Goshawk (hønsehauk) - when the size difference is so obvious it amazes me how individual birds can often be a challenge to identify|
|and another with a Tree Sparrow (pilfink)|
|high key Whooper Swans (sangsvane)|