During these trying times just before the freeing abundance of spring, keyed up... It is foggy right now and chilly. There is little else to do but watch birds around our house and what delightful displays even the most common of birds can show. As a standard a pair of binos is standing on the windowsill.
Birds are whizzing through the air, having dogfights, playing tag between the empty branches of the trees or coupling up, hopping from branch to branch, getting closer to each other. Green finch, bull finch, great and blue tit..... I am always in awe, watching their flight, amazed at their agility, their swiftness, their speed and their very short time of reaction. As if the know beforehand what manoeuvre the leading bird is going to make.
Tuesday we heard the first birds of spring coming back; a couple of swans! The passed right over the house. I missed seeing them, the mrs. did, but their calls were unmistakable... And today we were treated to a great display of sound and sight. I heard the call of a black woodpecker close to the house. I grabbed the book with the bird sounds, went out and waited..... Then there was another call, equally close to the house. The woodpecker's mating call.... and I replayed one from the book....
|Not mine, unfortunately; source|
I so desperately need a system camera with proper lense!!!
Most spots of dropping had them scattered over a circular area of about 75cm in diameter and there were dozens all around, but one was neatly piled.... For me clearly capercaillie..
So many interesting and new smells!!!
We were also granted the privilege of seeing a moose up close for 2 days in a row on the same place. Big moose, quite brightly coloured around the belly..... But unfortunately rex was unable to contain and control himself, so the encounters were rather brief. Yet we could get pretty close; the first day around 50 meters, before the exposed moose trotted off and the second day up to 25. We saw it standing in the treeline next to the road and Rex' total inability to hold back and stand still made it move away. Yet it wheeled back after the initial contact, reemerging from the forest edge a little further away, before finally stomping away, again. Our boy still has much to learn.