Norway revisited

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Oslo

During our short stay in late June we visited Bergen and Oslo. Some birds, especially Greenfinches, were refreshingly numerous in comparison with their current low numbers in many parts of Britain, and it was a good opportunity to compare subspecies of some common birds in Norway with those in Britain.

In addition to much of cultural interest, avian highlights included my first Swifts of the year(!), Hawfinches feeding young, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, and Peregrine.

Given the observation by an American visitor that Norway is ‘just like Alaska without the animals’, we were perhaps fortunate to see this Red Squirrel:

Red Squirrel, Bergen

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