April in the south

Despite rather cold weather and slow migration, the early spring weeks in southern Norway had some highlights. The biggest one was no doubt a Yankee: a sandhill crane decided to visit Lista the two first weeks of April, and was surely worth a drive down to the very south!

Great Northern Divers are still around in good numbers in April – the adults turning into summer plumage.

Common Teals at Slevedalsvannet, Lista.

The western marsh harriers arrive in April.

An early sand martin at Lista.

In eastern Norway good numbers of cranes and geese arrived from the end of March, and among the greylags quite a few greater white-fronted geese.

A couple of tundra swans among the regular whooper swans was a nice surprise, so was a great egret.

April is drumming-time for woodpeckers. This lesser spotted woodpecker found a nice metal cap on a pole that gave excellent sound!

In cold weather it is still lively around the feeder in April. 


Marsh tit.

Arctic redpoll.