European Robin. Also called Robin redbreast or just Robin. They are back after spending the winter in the southern Europa. I saw a flock of about 8-10 of them. When I came they all flew away. I slowly took my camera from the bag and waited. After about 10 minutes the first one came back. He sat on a branch and stared at me for a good while. Then flew to the next branch, which was more close to me, and sat there for a while. Then also the others came back. They all began to look for something to eat. The first brave one moved even one more step closer to me. Now I was able to take some photos. I still waited for him to, perhaps, come a couple of more meters closer. But he didn’t. I wish I had a 600 mm lens but, my 300 has to do. Also I wish I had had the tripod but, I quite often am too lazy to take it with me.
It’s still quite warm here. But, the birds know it’s time to migrate. Already for days we have, daily, both seen and heard flocks of hundreds of geese migrate. They usually stop to eat and rest in the nearby field. Same field where the cranes have stayed for a couple of weeks. On Wednesday, on the way home from the supermarket, we stopped just to take a couple of photos. In the photo also are the four cranes and a few Canada geese but they are hard to spot as they stayed far further down the field.
Four cranes in the grain field. Once again I wish I had had a super zoom lens. Unfortunately I don’t but it doesn’t stop me from photographing. These needed rough cropping and are what they are. I think, despite the poor quality, the cranes look quite nice walking in the grain field.
I’m not sure do the flying ants appear here every summer. When they do they always disappear as quickly as they appear, usually this time of the year. On Tuesday there was many and the sparrows were so excited that they hardly noticed us being there too. They ate and ate. In the evening there were no more ants with wings.
Already for some time I have heard the baby sparrows under the garage roof and seen the parents bring them food. I wonder are they the same couple who were there last summer. Yesterday in the morning when I looked up I saw three hungry babies screaming for food and soon enough a parent came and all three opened their mouths. They actually look fully grown already and ready to leave the nest. One even came outside (pics 3 and 4) and it looked like it wanted to follow the parent. But, then went back in. They are so cute but messy. We need to clean it up a bit when they have moved away.
The swans are back. They have been on the other side of the lake. I have been able to spot them like white dots but to hear them very well. On Tuesday (the day when Quam left us, I’m still very sad) when I came down to the beach they were here on this side, bobbing in the waves looking for food. When the other one was sticking his head in the other one kept his eyes on the surrounding, ready to warn if anything suspicious would occur.