The largest recorded jackdaw (kaie) flock this year in this area seen from the house this afternoon, some 750 birds (yes, I counted!) in two groups over Malvikodden and the bay.
When I was away in January, the mildest ever recorded in this part of the world, this bird cherry that I received as Padus asiatica leafed out for the third year running in January, here seen with my only misteltoe (top left):
My only Rhododendron, R. mucronulatum v. taguettii from Jeju Island in Korea is also early out and full of flower buds, so I brought a few twigs indoors:
Thick mist overnight was clearing at 9 this morning as the sun rose over the spruce forest.