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 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,…
After the trip to Österlen, had a shorter stay at the son-in-law’s place at lake Yxningen. Was supposed to spend a week in the Outer Hebrides (Scotland), but Covid-19 made the travel agency go bust, the flights be canceled and us not feeling like traveling abroad.
Also went on a excursion with Fågelguidning to the Sandemar nature reserve.
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.
Skata (Pica pica; Eurasian magpie)
Nötskrika (Gallurus Glandarius; Eurasian jay)
Kaja (Corvus monedula; Western jackdaw)
Alpkråka (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax; Red-billed chough)
Råka (Corvus frugilegus; Rook)
Gråkråka (Corvus cornix; Hooded crow)
Korp (Corvus corax; Common raven)