Birds and groceries.
Even though it is a bit warmer this morning, the winds make it feel as it is much much colder. We went out to fetch my morning paper around 7:30 am and as You can see on the photographs it was quite dark outside. The two first photographs I actually had to edit some so it was possible to at least imagine what they show 🙂 🙂 The sun goes up at 7:58 am and goes down at 3:41 pm now so we really don´t have much daylight here now (and on cloudy days like this we get even less). But it will continue to get darker for yet a month until it finally turns again. It isn´t so strange that we always gets a lot of colds here this much north.
I had to go to the grocery store this morning too. I really like that place! They have everything I need to a reasonable price and the service is great in every way and they always wants to have a chat before one leaves. Today we talked about the football (soccer) game yesterday between Sweden and Germany. They had gone to see the game at the stadium and told me it had been a really boring match. No goals and no action to speak of so they were a bit disappointed. If it had been a interesting game I would most probably sit there still drinking several cups of coffee while that would have told me every minute of the game 🙂 🙂
As soon as I had gotten home I filled the bird feeders with sunflower seeds. “My” birds are getting spoiled by now and won´t eat anything else 🙂 It didn´t take one minute before I had several Bullfinches there and all the other birds that usually comes to my feeders. It is a bit worrying that the Bullfinches comes this early in the winter, they normally never comes until all food are gone in the forest. Is it that bad already out there? If so it´s going to be a tough winter for all smaller birds. Yesterday I also had a couple of Chaffinches Fringilla coelebs) here. They usually moves south during the winter but more and more of them stays here all year round now.
Right now I have a flock of Waxwings (Bombycilla garruluin) my apple tree 🙂 We call them Silktails. They are actually birds that comes down here during winter because they nest even more north during summer 🙂 🙂 They fly around here and eats all apples and rowan berries they can find. The berries are usually fermented now and full if alcohol so they can actually die of getting to drunk. It is not uncommon to find them dead on the ground. Even though it isn´t especially colorful I think it is one of the most beautiful birds we have here.
Well it´s time for a pot of tea and to keep the fire in the stove burning. I´ll watch some birds from my windows and then it´s of to bed to read some more of Salem´s lot 🙂 Tomorrow I´ll be back to work again. Have a great day now!