In the middle of April we had some warm and sunny days. But, for the last three weeks it has been cold. I really hope the forecast for next week will be, as it says, temperatures about 19-20 degrees Celsius. Here are some photos of spring flowers and birds taken in April.
The last pictures, taken two days ago. The nest now seems empty. The parents don’t go in there anymore. I miss them. I got so used to see and hear the sound of the wings when they landed in the apple tree to from there make it into the nest. There’s no sight of the babies. I hope they all were able to get out safely and able to immediately fly the short trip to apple tree. I wish them all a good summer and happy life.
Since mid April a blue tit couple have been really busy building a nest in our wall behind the bricks. There are some narrow gaps between some of the bricks after the snow some years ago took the ladder down. Unfortunately we have not fixed the issue yet. The birds flew (they squeeze them selves) in and out with their beak filled with building materials. From early morning to late in the evening. Both hundreds of times. Mostly moss from our lawn. In the beginning when they started building the nest they were very wary. They didn’t fly in before we went indoors. I tried to take some photos of them with their beaks filled with moss. But, they are no good because the birds stayed high up in the apple tree. I talked to them every day and still do. By now they are pretty used to us. The eggs have latched and there are now hungry babies. The parents fly in and out a hundred times with insects in their beak. No time for break to rest.
The other day my husband said, hurry, hurry take the camera and come. There is a woodpecker sitting on the tree stump right on the other side of the fence. I said, if I open the door he will fly away. I’ll take some photos through the window and we’ll see what they look like. Once again, I wish I had had the camera on the tripod. Next time . . .
This year both swans and geese have been seen on the fields and in the lake still after Christmas. Which is very unusually. Yesterday, on the way back from the supermarket, it surprised me to see two swans in the lake. So, I wonder, didn’t they leave at all or are they already back. Do they know there will be no winter here at all. There has, so far, not been practically any snow at all. Only a few centimeters a few time. A little frost and a thin layer of ice on the lake a few times. It feels like early spring. But . . . one never knows. I remember a couple of times winter arrived in February. Which brought both freezing cold and plenty of snow. Well, whether will it be winter or not I’m so happy there is more daylight every day.
On the way to the supermarket we stopped at the gas station. I saw these birds eating rowan berries. I think the birds are some sort of thrush. At first, when I approached, they flew away. I stood there for a while and they returned. I’m pretty happy with the photos but, think that had I had my Canon EOS camera with me with the EF 90-300mm lens the photos might have been a bit better.
Still a flock of geese here ! There has been some frosty nights and also a little bit of snow a couple of times in September and October. But, lately it has been warm, gray and rainy. The huge flocks of geese left about a month ago. It still is pretty warm, about 5-9 degrees Celsius. The weather forecast says it is going to continue the same, at least, for the next ten days. I wonder for how long the geese will stay. Will they migrate at all ?