Tuesday 16th of February 2021 and I left my cottage around 9 o'clock. And the first stop is to look for the Hawk-owl. No sign and I continued to Salbyhed crossing the bridge over a stream. Approaching the bridge and I think I saw three White-throated Dippers. They took off before I could confirm the ID so no report to eBird.
I continue to Bird Safari Sweden's feeding place and I back up on the dirt road to be able to use the car as a bird hide.
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
On the way to Fagersta
I leave Salbohed driving to Fagersta Bruks Hotel for lunch. I have lived at this hotel during my previous bird watching in Bergslagen and they have excellent lunch. I buffet of traditional Swedish food and I was looking forward to have my lunch. Well, due to Corvid it was a disappointment, only 2 dishes to choose from, and noon of them was any favourite.
I passed the Hawk-owl area on the way back to my cottage but no sign of the owl. But I will try again tomorrow, last day here before I start driving north to look for Aurora Borealis.
Wednesday 17th of February 2021 and it was sunshine when I left Fallängetorp för folk och fä but by the time I reached the Hawk-owl area it was gloom and grey for long as I could see. I decided to drive to Fagersta Bruks Hotell for lunch. They have Kålpudding today and that is a favourite.
I drove through Hälleskogsbrännan on my way to Fagersta and I decided to drive the same way back through the national park.
Hälleskogsbrännan nature reserve
Hälleskogsbrännan nature reserve, Västmanland, Sweden. The reserve was established in 2015 to observe the development of the ecosystem in the area following the large 2014 Västmanland wildfire.
2014 Västmanland Wildfire
The 2014 Västmanland wildfire (Swedish: Skogsbranden i Västmanland 2014) was a wildfire that broke out on the afternoon of 31 July 2014 on the border between Sala Municipality and Surahammar Municipality in Västmanland, Sweden. It is Sweden's largest wildfire in 40 years. After an EU appeal, Italy and France provided firefighting aircraft.
On 4 August 2014, the evacuation of residents began in Gammelby alongside Route 668 east of Lake Virsbo, Västervåla and Ängelsberg. As of 5 August 2014, over one thousand people were forced to evacuate their homes, and the town of Norberg, with about 4500 residents, was being considered for evacuation.
Forest fire in Västmanland, Sweden. Approximate area of fire at 10:00 hours, August 5 2014 - Click HERE for full size map
One person was confirmed killed by the fire, a man in his 30s who was reported missing. His badly burned body was found near Stabäck, Västmanland. The fire was declared a national emergency. It encompassed over 15,000 hectares and was located northwest of Sala. The Swedish Armed Forces were mobilized, with about 100 personnel providing support to the firefighters as of 7 August.
It was reported that nine volunteers were surrounded by fire and had to be rescued by professional firefighters on 5 August. Because of this, volunteer firefighting help from the public was no longer accepted. Firefighters found a 42-year-old man in the forest who was badly burned but still alive. The police reported that he was taken directly to a hospital for treatment.
NASA Earth Observatory photo. August 4, 2014
Click HERE for full size map
By NASA Earth Observatory (Landsat 8 - OLI) - http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=84155,
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34683665
The wildfire threatened the UNESCO World Heritage Site Engelsberg Ironworks. The owners of the Ironworks, Nordstjernan, rented two helicopters of their own to water the area close to the site.
The Swedish police started a preliminary investigation of the cause of the fire, to see if it was caused by criminal negligence. According to local media, a driver of a ground-preparation vehicle stated that the fire started in his vehicle and that no fire watch was posted despite a very high risk of fire.
Although the 2014 Swedish heat wave did not cause the fire, the exceptionally hot and dry conditions of the summer of 2014 enabled the fire to spread and intensify.
I only spotted one Raven at Hälleskogsbrännan nature reserve on the way to Fagersta. But the Kålpudding was excellent. Driving back south and I spotted 4 Ravens and 1 White-tailed Eagle at Hälleskogsbrännan nature reserve. I went to look for the Hawk-owl without any luck before I went back to my cottage.
I will leave for Abisko early tomorrow morning, it is a 1300 km trip and I will have to stop in Piteå overnight. I have already booked the hotel along the road. I have got information on where to find the Seberian Tit from Norrbottens Ornitologiska Förening.
So just click HERE to find out if I make it to Piteå tomorrow.
OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizens visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
Jiffy (also jiff)
noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.
So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!
Marunong ka mag-tagalog? Walang problema! Magpunta sa kabilang pahina pindutin ang “NEXT” button sa itaas
Faites vous parlez le français? Pas de problème! Pour arriver à la page suivante faites s'il vous plaît un déclic le bouton “Next” ci-dessus!
Haga usted dice el español? No hay problema! Ver la siguiente página sólo hacer clic el botón “Next” encima!
Farla parla l'italiano? Non problemi! Per vedere la prossima pagina lo scatto per favore giusto Il bottone “Next” sopra
Sprechen sie Deutsch! Kein problem! Wenn Sie die folgende Seite sehen wollen gerade klicken der Knopf “Next” oben!