Last friday we were about to set of on a daytrip, when my oldest daughter called us and showed us a large group of gliding birds she had spotted over our house. More than a dozen or so larger birds circled over our house; most of them were brown, but a few were light, even almost white. They were gliding, not flapping and their size too suggested that these were birds of prey. Everything suggested that they were ormvråk (buteao buteo), but it is way to early for them to build flocks. They're supposed to do that prior to migration in autumn..... I don't understand.... yet.
(Corvus monedula). They had gathered over a few farms and the flock was huge; a guestimate of several hundred. It was a moving cloud. What made them gather in such numbers? I saw larger groups around farmsites. Of course, there's food, but these numbers? Reminded me of Hitchcock's movie "The birds".
Over our house a large group of ladusvala (Hirundo rustica) gather and their constant chattering always brings a smile to my face. Sitting on the steps in front of the house, sipping coffe I wonder what they are saying to one another.... I watch them use their flyingskills to hunt for the many flying bugs we see between the trees in the setting sun, their bellies regularly flashing as the sun gets reflected and I am amazed at how perfectly created and adapted they are.... ladusvala talk...
There was yet another bird intrigueing me all week. I could hear it all the time, but it kept eluding me.... It was fast, it was low and it was mostly just below the treetops.... untill I got a glimpse of it. It was a bright copperish brown. That and it's call made it perfectly clear what I was dealing with; a juvenile duvhök.... right in our backyard!
Accipiter gentilis mp3 (source;http://www.fageln.se)
Right, you go up onto a very hot attict and drag down a lot of unknown, old and left behind furniture... But is was so worth it! We knew there was an older sofa, some old foldable guestbeds and such, but were we in for a surprise... or two. The first thing we dragged down was the sofa. It was disassembled, so we started reassembling it....