After the warm spell earlier we we treated to a period of weather with temperatures continuously above freezing, but with the addition of a lot of rain and high winds, even storms! Sometimes the weather more resembled late autumn than the beginning of spring!
These winds and rains have swept the land clean. Practically not a speck of snow to be found anymore, except for the very shaded and sheltered places. Problem was that the water could not go anywhere, but the last few days have seen less rain and much wind, so it did dry up a little. But if you stomp your feet in one place for a while, you'll sink in....
Apart from the weather the animal kingdom has come to life, especially the birds! There are new species to be seen almost everyday and the ones that allready were here have increased in numbers, sometimes quit dramatically so. The bofinkar in our garden number at least 2 dozen now, but are probably more. Noicy little charactres and not a bit scared!
Speaking of noicy and numerous; today we were visited by a flock of rödvingetrast. There were about 2 dozen of them at least, but I'm only guessing here, since counting was not really possible. Talking about being busy! they still are at it as I write this, making our cats very nervous!
Earlier this week on the 16th, I spotted a large group of tofsvipa or northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) . Beautiful birds, feeding in, again, a large group in a field, next to the road.
While I was working on the 17th, I discovered yet another returning visitor; a sädesärla(Motacilla alba) . It sat on the rooftop, singing and calling, flying into the trees and back.