Here is lookin’ at you, coots!

Not a single dull moment when nature comes alive. On the contrary, it offers a lot of feel-good factors right now. The days are getting longer and lighter (and tomorrow even longer as we are moving the clock forward an hour), the breeding season, nesting and burgeoning budds are underway. Today it’s looking at the rather agressive coots chasing after one another.

Coot Red

 

Coot 1 Red

 

Coots 1 Red

 

Coot

 

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Balancing acts and reflections

Climate- or weather-wise, it feels like we live in an upside down world right now. Aside from a couple of weeks in January  this winter has been thoroughly green, or rather brown / grayish – mild, wet, muddy and hazy – most of the time. In the Stockholm area lapwings, skylarks and starlings as well as winter aconite are more than a month early. For the birds and buds, let´s just hoped there won’t be a setback of cold and snow in March.

Mallard
Preparing for a somersault or just navel-gazing?
I suppose it takes a lot of yoga-classes to be able to scratch one's own neck the way this male mallard does.
I suppose it takes a lot of yoga-classes to be able to scratch one’s own neck the way this male mallard does.
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A cute little dipper

Gull

Standing on one leg or balancing a seed on its bill also requires a certain skill.

Great tit kopiera

Spotted nutcracker 3 kopiera

This  Sibirean spotted nutcracker is not commonly seen here but seemed to enjoy the surroundings so much that he stayed for a couple of weeks.

Spotted nutcracker 2 kopiera