I was in the garden this morning and heard the contact call of the (European) redwing (rødvingetrost), described as a thin, drawn and sharp “sreee”. It’s always a joy to hear the first one each spring. 10th April is the average arrival time here, so this is right on schedule. A little later I heard a snatch of song too. With snow on the ground this morning redwings that had arrived before northerly winds set in were forced down to near the fjord where there’s less snow. I made a little video of one bird close to the house before the flock (6 birds) flew off.
Yesterday it hailed on my collection of Hablitzia plants…and today they were covered in a white blanket:
A few day’s later, following on from my post on Old Man’s Beard! https://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=27221
It’s that time of year that Hablitzia tamnoides (Caucasian spinach / stjernemelde) goes all floppy and needs help to go upwards rather than sideways! The floppiness you see here has nothing to do with the weather which habby loves although it’s never expereienced being snowed on for 5 days in a row in the middle of May in its short 18 year lifetime!
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.
I didn’t expect to find a bumble bee feeding first thing this morning but I found this Bombus hypnorum (tree bumblebee/trehumle) busy visiting flowers of Ribes divaricatum and its selection Worcesterberry. The air temperature was about freezing…
Most of yesterday’s snowfall melted during the day, but it was back again this morning…
It was forecast several days ago but it was uncertain if the snow would lie down here at sea level. Nevertheless it was a shock to wake to a bright light this morning!
I’m not at all worried for my plants as I haven’t planted out any annuals yet and perennials are well adapted to late frosts and won’t be affected….just slowed down…which is an advantage for me as it extends the spring harvest! I’m one of the few that love cool weather in May! Long May it remain cool!
You appreciate the sunny spring days much more when you have a couple of days of blizzards in between….our resident robin, blackbird and
chaffinch were back singing today! First the day train to Bodø passing.