tisdag 17 februari 2009
14:th of February 2009
Requests of visiting the local rune stone (Odendisa´s stone) in Fläckebo can´t be denied anymore and since the flock of Waxwings from one of the adjacent gardens don´t seem to be around anymore, we have some extra time.
The conditions are almost more than perfect.
13:th of February 2009
Maybe you know that friday the 13:th is supposed to be a day of bad luck. That don´t seem to be the case today, because even if we don´t get to see the 3:rd Hawk Owl reported in the area, we find a Great Grey Shrike and just around sunset... a Pygmy Owl.
After spending some time in a distant treetop, our imitations make it fly right at us and perch really close. The first Pygmy this year with some aggressiive behaviour. Spring is on it´s way.
I´m shure a lot of people got better shots than my. Why don´t you send them in and I´ll put them up here?
12:th of February 2009
As the 3:rd Naturetrek group arrives, we start with a visit to the Hawk Owl and finish the day with trying to lure out Pygmy Owls with some imitating calls. No success though but a colourful evening sky at the last stop, almost reminding of the Nordic Lights (Aurora borealis), which it was not though. We are a bit to far south still.
8:th of February 2009
Yes this group fought a hard battle with the weather with snowfall every day (!) on the trip. Despite they kept up a really good mood and in fact saw most of the birds even if some of them did not perform as willingly as usual. Thank´s everyone for all your gratitude and spirit!
8:th of February 2009
Snow depth and slightly lower movibility among some of the groupmembers, make us arrange for a skidoo-ride to the Siberian Jay today. Quite an adventure and comfortable too. Many thanks to Bernt Andersson for providing his services so kindly.
You can see the joy in their eyes, can´t you?
7:th of February 2009
The snowfall makes bird activity a bit low and we struggle to get good views on Three-toed Woodpeckers. At least we see one. Black Wood however is far less obliging. Lynx prints, Golden– and White-tailed Eagles and a singing Pygmy Owl just before dusk are some of the highlights of the day.
6:th of February 2009
Snow keeps falling but bird activity is not too bad inside the forest and especially on the feeding station for Nutcrackers where we hang most of the day today. Crackers and tits like Crested–, Willow– and Coal are busy and unshy. Picture by Glyn Sellors.
5:th of February 2009
Another Hawk Owl has turned up and with this weeks group we head to see it. First we struggle to find it, but after some good local knowledge comes our way, it´s easy to spot. Despite it is first sitting in the middle of a dense little wood and resting. Eventually it flies up to a tall tree top, where it perches for the rest of the time we stay. Several Hawfinches show around gardens on the way to the Owl.
31:st of January 2009
"The dead forest" was flooded because Beavers built a dam in a creek near it two years ago. Since the dead spruce trees attracts beatles, they in turn, attracts Woodpeckers, like the Three-toed Woodpecker.
But today we also enjoy the snow covering everything and some Lynx footprints frozen into the ice. Also some lichen on the dead tree trunks are really attractive.
29:th of January 2009
The first winter group from the British tour-company Naturetrek arrives and we set off straight from the airport to look at a Hawk Owl. On the way there we get lucky to see a Great Grey Shrike, a Goshawk, and a bunch of garden birds in the nearest village, including such winter scarcities for this latitude as Starling and Brambling.
The Hawk Owl offers a bit of drama as it gets mobbed by another Great Grey Shrike.