Spring is finally here!
The day started out grey and misty and they say it will continue that way. But the temperature is slowly rising, it never feel below 1C (33F) so the last snow and ice is slowly melting away now 🙂
We went out on our walk just when most birds were flying out to the fields to get something to eat, unfortunately most of them flew either very low or high up in the clouds 🙂 I did get some photographs on some Trumpet swans (or as we call them Song swans), but when the geese came close my camera decided it wanted to focus on something else that didn´t exist so those photographs got to blurry.
I could here the first doves already yesterday and this morning I think I heard at least three couples calling to each other. We have two kinds of doves here in the area, the Stock dove (Columba oenas , click on the name and photographs will show in a new window) and the Common Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus). But these two latest summers we´ve also had two couples of the common city dove that exists all over the world I guess. We have one more dove in the country and that´s the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto ) but I have never seen it around here.
The Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) has arrived too so now i declare that spring finally is here, even if it will get a bit colder later on this coming week 🙂 In Japan it seems that they now have two nuclear meltdowns and a possible third on its way. I do hope they can stop this before it´s to late.
But that will hardly even be noticed in this little village in the outskirts of the world. All we care about right now is the arrival of the cranes to the lake. Soon the sound of almost 15 000 of them will echo over the fields before most of them continue their journey towards Norway. Have a great day now!