Spring on the way / by Conor Cunningham

 Wild geese moving from the river to open fields where they can feed before heading northward

Wild geese moving from the river to open fields where they can feed before heading northward

With warmer days and rain instead of snow, spring is finally approaching. Avian migration has been delayed this year, with reports of some birds landing in Norway only to return to Denmark. This weekend saw a flock of wild bean geese land near Oslo and it looks as if they're fattening up before continuing northward.

A  day of birding this week gave me a view of 19 different species, of which seven were birds of prey.

 A (female?) Merlin

A (female?) Merlin

A brief venture into a local Oslo valley known as Maridalen didn't show too many signs of spring, but singing Chaffinches were heard which is a promising sign. Two highlights of the day were some Long-tailed Tits and and a Yellowhammer.

 A sodden, but rather chirpy Long-tailed Tit

A sodden, but rather chirpy Long-tailed Tit

 This rather bedraggled looking Yellowhammer was singing its wee heart out. Bring on Spring!

This rather bedraggled looking Yellowhammer was singing its wee heart out. Bring on Spring!