Grey Heron

Twice this week Roffe has visited the lake Råstasjön just outside Stockholm hoping to catch sight of the Water Rail which is said to reside the wetlands there; a fairly common but highly secretive bird that’s far more heard than seen. Unfortunately, no luck whatsoever! Instead he was able to document the gathering of 48 Grey Herons that stood freezing on the ice in the cold mix of snow and rain.

Grey heron from the side

 

Grey heron from behind

 

Two grey herons

 

Group of grey herons

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To feed or not to feed – that’s the question

Falling snow

Right now, Sweden is a country covered in snow from north to south – a rather unusual condition – with temperatures down to minus 40 degrees C in the far north to harsh winds and substantial snowdrifts in the flatter and more open landscapes further south.

This time of year the constant debate whether to feed or not feed the wild birds is also brought to life. I don’t think supplementary feeding is doing any harm. Even if the birds visit the feeding stations they still get most of their food from nature’s own sources.

Anyway, Roffe recently started a “bird restaurant” in the woodlands along our nearby lake. No, it’s not a restaurant with birds on the menu, but a feeding station for birds to make it a little easier for them when the ground is covered with knee deep snow and the thermometer sometimes drops to minus 20 degrees or lower.

Snowy fence 2

 

Greenfinch

Greenfinch

 

The black bird on its way for a bite to eat.

Flying blackbird

 

The left over pork rind from the Christmas ham in a mesh sock makes a delicious treat for the Great tit.

Great tit with pork rind

 

To let the apples remain in the trees during winter is a good deed and to the birds’ delight.

Magpie in an apple tree

 

Bench

From this bench (when not covered with snow) you can watch the birds at close range when picking seeds from the feeding station and on the ground. Here you can also enjoy the stunning view over the meadows and the lake. Right now the lake is frozen though, and covered with snow and it’s all white as far as the eye can see.

View over the lake

 

Close to the shore and the exit of a runnig creek the water is still open for the mallards to swim and dive. Take it easy with the bread feeding of the mallards though, bread is not nutritious enough!

Diving mallards

Mallard - gräsand