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.
Well, this month has not been much better than the previous ones. We’ve has a wee bit of snow for two days, otherwise overcast and rain. So I have not been too inspired to photograph birds.
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.
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)