Early morning views this week!
This January has been a stormy month here in this area with a series of severe weather systems moving past, one (Gyda) with a name, resulting in many trees down, flooding, landslides and avalanches, but my rocky hillside has escaped lightly with just a few branches ripped from trees. With winds largely blowing from the west it’s also been mild with snow coming and going and no frost in the soil. Higher up, there¨’s been large amounts of snow accumulating.
The latest extreme weather system has given a forecast of very high waves on the Norwegian coast with a deep 960 hPa low located off Eastern Greenland and extensive strong wind fields between there and Norway. Due to the limited fetch lengths in the fjord (maximum about 20 km across the fjord) significant wave heights above 1.5 to 2m are rare. With very strong winds from NE blowing across the fjord and the right stage of the tide, there were some impressive waves in the bay earlier this week. The second video shows a woodpigeon (ringdue) hunched up against the wind.
The annual large flocks of gulls are now here resting in the bay after feeding following farmers’ ploughs all day. They are mostly common gulls (fiskemåke) and black-headed gulls (hettemåke). The field below the house was ploughed today as you can see in the film below. Other things to notice are the goat willows (selje), Salix caprea, now in flower at the beginning and I zoom in briefly towards a diver/loon (lom) in the bay.
Woken at 5:58 am by the first rays of the sun and bird song as warmer weather has arrived at last.
Most days recently there’s been a resting flock of about 120 mallard (stokkand) below the house. Today, I noticed one that was signficantly smaller: a teal (krikkand)…a new species spotted from the house. They overwinter up here in small numbers.
We had a xmas day walk to the other side of the bay. Here are a few views of the house the other way from what I normally post.
21st January 2021 with Storm Frank approaching and temperatures above 0C for the first time this year, the fjord turned a beautiful blue-green colour.
The night train from Bodø passing the house, approaching its destination Trondheim, at 7 am this morning.
Apart from a small resting flock of 5 birds seen resting in the bay in early March 2017 I’ve never seen Canada Geese (Kanadagås) in the bay before this week when a flock of some 60 birds has been feeding on farmland, occasionally resting in the bay as in the video.
…and right past the house: