A quiet month for bird watching, but got lucky with the Goshawk family and a couple of bird I had not been able to photograph before.
I know, you are not supposed to disturb nesting birds, but I happened upon the below close to a path through the woods. I will not mention were to reduce further disturbance. As the young ones seemed to recently have learnt to fly, they are probably 40+ days old.
With the Covid-19 virus still going, we did not go on any larger excursions. Mainly brought the camera on dog-walks.
Back in Stockholm and the areas around home. With the Tuesday club postponed due to Covid-19, mostly solo excursions. But I did find a group that still does trips (in small groups) and although it visited my home woods, I did get a better picture of the European crested tit.
A road trip took us southward for a week in Brantevik, Österlen with short visits in Alvesta and Gusum. We kept our social distancing, except for the birds of course.
Järnsparv (Prunella modularis; Dunnock) Brantevik, Österlen, May, 2020 Bilder: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mxkz8fEucX4ke4E96Wikipedia: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A4rnsparv
An unusually warm April got me out in nature a lot. Temperatures peaked at 20C, but now at the end of the month there is sleet. Here in Sweden we are encouraged to enjoy nature, despite the Corona virus, but to keep social distance – perfect for birding. The Tuesday club has been postponed, as has all other events.
A trip to the Fysingen lake that is popular for waders, geese, etcetera. Among others we saw the first Barn swallow (Ladusvala), Redshank (Rödbena) and Oystercatcher (Strandskata) for the season but the highlight was the Osprey fishing and catching a pike. The distance was to long, so I missed the Eagle that interfered and made the Osprey drop its prey over the woods.
Another almost snow free winter with mild temperatures. Now, in March, I have started visiting the bird areas that are a bit more remote (but still in the wider Stockholm area). The early migrants are starting to appear.
This winter is weird, rarely any snow here in Stockholm and mainly plus (Celcius) degrees. Shallow lakes have been frozen over on and off, but the deeper ones been open.