The wintery conditions continue and it was -15C in
Maridalen this morning. We are forecast to have quite a bit more snow tonight but
then temperatures will rise just above zero and rain is forecast next week.
There is so much snow on the ground that it will remain for a long time but I
suspect we will start getting snow free patches and this will be all that is
needed for new migrants to come and I would not be surprised if I notch up Snow
Bunting, Lapwing and Mistle Thrush in the coming week.
Yesterday I paid a trip to Bygdøy which is normally
the first place in Oslo to get new migrants but it was all very wintery. Over
30 Oystercatcher had arrived though and Stock Doves were inspecting nest sites
but the fields were deep in snow. I enjoyed the waterfowl in Frognerkilen and
got some of my best ever pictures of Little Grebe.
Today I dropped into the reclycling pant at Alna as I was driving past and my first Lesser Black-backed Gull of the year was my reward and I then visited Maridalen and with lovely
blue skies I had a hope of a White-tailed or Golden Eagle flying over but will
have to keep that hope for another day. The Great Grey Shrike showed well though
as did a female Three-toed Woodpecker. Great Spotted Woodpeckers are still the
only species I have heard drumming yet but the others will start soon.
|Little Grebe (dvergdykker) coming into summer plumage|
|female Goldeneye (kvinand)|
|and a pair|
|female Goosander (laksand)|
|and a male|
|Little Grebe and Mute Swan (knoppsvane)|
|this Moorhen (sivhøne) has been at Frognerkilen the whole winter seems to have survived the winter in good shape|
|Stock Dove (skogdue)|
|Great Grey Shrike (varsler) - the thin white wing bar indicates this is a 1st winter bird|
|Three-toed Woodpecker (tretåspett)|
|the white forehead shows it to be a female|
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