Wednesday, 21 September 2022

A Red Letter Day!

Finally, after over 21 years of birding in Maridalen I have seen Dunlin there and not just one but three! It has been on the cards with the low water levels this year but after not seeing any on my trip to the islands on Monday I feared that it was too late for them in the Oslo area. Thankfully though I was wrong and now I feel there is even a chance for more and perhaps a Little Stint. They were with a Ringed Plover so it was really quite wadery ūüėä

It was a good day in The Dale on many counts with Sunday’s Coot still present (only the fourth record), a Pintail, a Parrot Crossbill and late Tree Pipit and Wheatear. I ended up with 56 species (see eBird checklist) and the only disappointment was just two raptors on a sunny windless day when I had thought there would be more.

The Dunlin is my fourth Maridalen tick of the year after Garganey, Arctic Skua and Black Tern and takes me to 204 species. Obvious missing species now are Moorhen, Little Grebe and House Sparrow but hopefully my next new species will be something much rarer.

low water at Maridalsvannet

juvenile Dunlin (myrsnipe) - finally in Maridalen

this bird has nearly moulted into winter plumage

all 3 Dunlin with the Ringed Plover (sandlo)

a common bird in Oslo but not in Maridalen, a Coot (soth√łne)

and a Pintail (stjertand) which is neither common in Oslo or Maridalen. This bird is a male and its breeding plumage is just starting to show

there were still 4 Black-throated Divers (storlom). All were adults and this one was starting to loose its summer plumage

Grey Wagtail (vintererle)

White Wagtails (linerle)


  1. strange coot...???

    1. Why? It looks like a normal 1st winter for me