As far as spring goes this week has up to yesterday been a total failure – first a heavy blizzard and then an empty white landscape, highly depressing even for a citizen of the happiest country in the world (as if…!). We have been most days looking for migratory birds and seen nothing.
Of course there has been some advancement at the home front – more green appearing on the containers – but proud of them as I am even I cannot claim that they are at this stage impressive.
Although the weather yesterday was highly monochromatic (black and white and a lot of grey in between) we decided to drive to the flatlands round a largish lake – maybe there would be something to see. There definitely was no deluge of birds but what we saw we appreciated.
Jackdaws are not really migratory – and they are monochromatic, too (except for their blue eyes), but at least they are alive, curious and noisy…
When we were kids whooper swans were almost extinct in Finland. Now there are plenty of them in the northern and central parts of the country – but still they are birds you notice with pleasure.
Roadsides are the most likely places to see birds looking for seeds.
On the way home there was a tall birch full of snowballs…
The first time we have ever seen snowbuntings on a tree – we have thought they can be only earthbound or airborne. There were 94 of them and I think Pekka took photos of each single one.