The snow is disappearing

After a couple of days of heavy rain and wind, the snow is disappearing and so at the weekend we were out and about.

The hare is changing from it’s white winter coat to brown summer coat

On a local lake we had a pair of Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

and a pair of Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

At home we have not so many small birds as last year but we do have a pair of Pied Flycatchers, several pairs of Brambling and Siskin

We’ve also had a Moose in the garden again (unfortunately I did not have my camera, so this picture was taken with my telephone

Spring is here….hopefully!!!!

The last 5 days have been sunny and although night time temperatures can still drop to -20, daytime temperatures have been reaching up to +6 degrees and the snow has started melting.

Great Tit, Willow Tit Bullfinch and Siberian Jay are singing during the day and at dusk Tengmalm’s Owls are singing.

We were out yesterday to enjoy the warmth and sunshine

and of course we made fire, cooked coffee and grilled sausage.

Enjoying the spring sunshine

We have been out and about enjoying the spring sunshine.

We found some really nice rodent tracks in the snow

I imagine they are a vole walking between holes but I am not certain…any help appreciated.

With a bit of practise I have regained my firelighting skills

We cooked some coffee

and cooked sausage

Owls

As you can see in this picture below, spring has arrived!  The ice has gone from most of the roads now and the snow is disappearing very quickly.

So recently I have been out and about in various locations looking

and listening for owls both in th day and at dusk

in the forest and particularly in forest clearings

but as yet I have not seen or heard anything!

Another sign of spring

While out walking today I found another sign that spring is with us………..

The ball of moss, hair, lichens and spiders webs on the centre of the picture is a Long-tailed Tits nest. Here is a close-up of the nest.

The nest is completely enclosed, except for a small entrance hole on the side. The entrance hole is on the other side of the nest and was difficult to access without causing unnecessary disturbance to the birds. The nest is usually lined with feathers.

To read more about Long-tailed Tits take a look here; http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/longtailedtit.htm