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.
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.
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.
Skrattmås (Chroicocephalus ridibundus; Black-headed gull)
Fiskmås (Larus canus; Common gull)
Gråtrut (Larus argentatus; European herring gull)
Havstrut (Larus marinus; Great black-backed gull)
Silltrut (Larus fuscus; Lesser black-backed gull)