nd Bergqvara gård outside Växjö as well as Äspet (Åhus), Hallamölla vattenfall (Brösarp), Norrekås, Gislövshammar and Brantevik.
A quiet month this far – awaiting a trip to Österlen in the south of Sweden.
This post is dominated by our trip to island of Gotland, southeast of Stockholm. I’m not happy about the quality of the photos in general, blaming the often long distance, the hot weather (heat haze) and strong sun. I shoulld of course have been out early or late instead of mid day. That said, six new X’s was nice to achieve.
Sillgrissla (Uria aalge; Common murre) Stora Karlsö, Gotland, July, 2021 Bilder: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mC4FNhxwQpCC4wD26Wikipedia: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sillgrissla Tordmule (Alca torda; Razorbill) Stora Karlsö, Gotland, July, 2021 Bilder: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XvvABbRUMCkcGDaD9Wikipedia: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tordmule
After that drab May, June has been very warm for Sweden. Often too hot for both me and the birds. With 35% of adult Swedes now vaccinated and the virus retreating, I hope the bird hikes will soon pick up again.
In between heavy rain days, Spring has finally arrived and thus allowing me to visit a number of local bird sanctuaries.
Another two week trip down to Brantevik via Alvesta. Our first week was mainly chilly, windy wet, but the weather picked up and the next batch of migratory birds started to arrive. I’m especially happy for getting good images of the Nightingale.
Wish I could say Spring was here for real, but there has been night frost, low temperatures and northern winds lately. That said, the early migratory birds are showing up and the blackbirds and robins are singing.
A wintery start of March turned into a Spring (almost), at least occasionally. I have seen he first returning and northward bound birds.
A surprisingly wintery February, that in the last week exploded into Spring (+10C degrees in Stockholm and a record +17 in the south east).