Category Archives: Fjord views

Greys and browns

It’s still cool here, but with the snow line receded upwards we are left with a lot of brown from the naked fields and the greys of the fjord and clouds…with a welcome return of reds and yellows last night as the clouds broke up for a nice sunset.

The calm before the storm

Slightly warmer today and the first day for 5 or 6 days without new snow on the ground. A beautiful tranquil start to the day until, 5 minutes later the explosions started…the 21-gun salute marking the start of the Norwegian national day. This “tradition” was only started here in Malvik a few years ago. Is it really necessary in the middle of the breeding season, particularly this year when birds were already struggling in the record cold May. Ja, vi elsker dette landet :(

Third day of snow

3 mornings in a row new snow has greeted me, but it mostly melts again during the day. I’m feeling for people in the north where the arctic city of Tromsø still has over 1m depth of snow and in the hills around here where the snow is accumulating. On the plus side I can still harvest for dinner in the afternoon and there’s entertainment with the abnormal numbers of birds in the garden foraging as open patches start appearing every morning. There are still several meadow pipits (heipiplerke) and many fieldfares (gråtrost) some coming right up to the house. This morning bramblings (bjørkefink) also made an appearance. 

The wild dawn call of the Curlew

I am so fortunate every year to hear the song of the curlew (storspove) singing in the bay from early April and through most of the summer, sometimes overhead too. Sadly, there are no lapwings (vipe) any more, but at least one pair of curlew is here. But, there are no definite breeding records from the whole of Malvik kommune ever (no young birds, eggs or nests observed)..so where do they breed? This video is from 4:40 this morning! You can also here both great tit (kjøttmeis) and redwing (rødvingetrost)