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