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 slow month for birding. The excursions came to the regular winter pause, the weather was worthless and my usual suspects have migrated. Further I did not do any travel. (Not to mention Covid-19.) Mallard (Gräsand) The Tuesday club, Stora Skuggan, Stockholm, October, 2020 Great crested grebe (Skäggdopping) The Tuesday club, Stora Skuggan, Stockholm, October,…
Another trip down to the south east of Sweden and Brantevik. A short stop outside Alvesta on the way.
With the Covid-19 virus still going, we did not go on any larger excursions. Mainly brought the camera on dog-walks.
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.
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.
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.
Bofink (Fringilla coelebs; Common chaffinch)
Bergfink (Fringilla montifringilla; Brambling)
Hämpling (Linaria cannabina; Common linnet)
Gråsiska (Carduelis flammea; Common redpoll)
Steglits (Carduelis carduelis; European goldfinch)
Grönfink (Chloris chloris; European greenfinch)
Grönsiska (Carduelis spinus; Eurasian siskin)
Domherre (Pyrrhula pyrrhula; Eurasian bullfinch)
Stenknäck (Coccothraustes coccothraustes; Hawfinch)