On the road to Bergslagen



Saturday 6th of February 2021 and I had breakfast at 7 thirty and I booked a taxi for 8 thirty. I left the hotel at 8 thirty for Hertz to pick up my Volvo V90 with studded tyres. I could not get the car key from the self-service kiosk, error 20 and I had to call Hertz help line.

It took some time but he managed to get my key. I had to spend yet more time in the cold looking for my car. It was not in the area they had told me to look for my car so it was almost 10 o'clock. My brother came home from USA yesterday and I will drive to pay a visit and I will stop at Rosendals våtmark to look for birds on the way.

eBird

eBird Report

Rosendals våtmark, Skåne län [SE-12], SE Feb 6, 2021 09:40 - 09:55
Protocol: Traveling
1.52 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: All water birds at a hole in the ice and around the ice edge
6 species

Whooper Swan 5 Two adult and three young
Tufted Duck 12
Eurasian Coot 7
Common Buzzard 1 Pale morph, ID by the help of the pattern under the wings and confirmed by the help of www.birdforum.net
Common Magpie (Eurasian) 1
Hooded Crow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S80496594

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

eBird hot spot Rosendals våtmark
eBird hot spot Rosendals våtmark

Approaching Rosendals våtmark and I spotted one Common Buzzard sitting on a pole next to the lake but I could not stop. I continued and I left the highway driving down the gravel road along the wetland and lake. The lake was covered by ice except in the middle where there was a big hole in the middle with open water.

There were plenty birds at the ice edge and in the water, but too far away for any pictures. I decided to drive back to see if the Common Buzzard was still on the pole. I was lucky and I tried to stop on the shoulder to get a few pictures. The bird was a little too far away for any pictures and the bird got scared and took off.

Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, Ormvråk
Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, Ormvråk
Common Buzzard, ID by the pattern under the wings

Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, Ormvråk
Second Common Buzzard for today

Birdwatching in Skåne
Driving around in the winter landscape looking for bird

I leave Rosendals våtmark and as my brother is out shopping I continued along the road and I was soon passing another Common Buzzard, this time a dark morph. I turn around and drive back to make yet another U-turn to get back to the bird. I stop at the shoulder again and I took a few photos before the bird took off.

I drove to my brother and we brought his youngest son and his daughter and we took of for lunch at Margeretetorp. Röstånga Gästgiveri was closed, disappointing. So we choose Margaretetorp.

Margretetorp
Skånsk Äggakaga

Margretetorp
My nice

Margretetorp
Lunch at Margretetorp

I leave for north Sweden from Margretetorp and I am soon on road E4 going north. ETA 20:04 according to the GPS. I am hauling arse going north and the GPS is showing 19:17 by the time I reach Jönköping. I decided to buy groceries when I stopped to fill up the car with diesel.

I left the big road turning in to the forest and I followed a dark road through the forest and I managed to find Fallängetorp för fä och folk. I have rented a cottage for 2 weeks and I will stay until 18, 2 days short as I have to be in Abisko on the 19 February.

Driving north in Sweden
Driving north

Driving north in Sweden
Driving north

Driving north in Sweden
Driving north

I arrive 20 minutes after 7 o'clock in the evening. I manage to get stuck in the snow and the farmer will bring his tractor tomorrow around 11 o'clock to help me get the car out of the snow.

I installed myself in the cottage, kitchen and a living rum on the ground floor. On the second floor there was 2 bed rooms but no bathroom, what a disappointment. I brought down one mattress and I will sleep on the floor in the living room.

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Sunday 7th of January 2021
and what a beautiful morning it was. Well, dark until it was almost 9 o'clock, but when the sun rose above the horizon it turned in to a very nice morning.

I went out at 9 o'clock to mount the towing hook to the front of the car. I gorgeous but cold morning. I could hear and see a lot of birds and I decided to go bird watching when I was ready with the car. Took me a few minutes to mount the hook in front of the car and I was soon back to get ready for birding.

Fallänge
Good Morning view from my door

Fallänge
Good Morning view from my door

Fallänge
But it is very cold

Fallänge
The car is stuck in the snow

Fallänge
The car is stuck in the snow

I donned the whole kit before I got out again. Video camera and my new sound recorder with my new SHOTGUN microphone. My old ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder went bust when I tried to record the Red-footed Booby on board Roy Maersk. So I had to buy a new ZOOM H5 and I made the extra investment to buy a SHOTGUN microphone.

The first birds was a few Yellowhammers sitting in a tree top together with a Magpie. It is a beautiful area around the farm. But it was very cold to walk around in my trekking shoes. It was darn cold! I spoke with the owner and she gave a sheep skin to sit on. I told her that I might bring a chair to sit on in order to not scare the birds. She suggested the sheep skin.

I took the sheep skin and I sat down on the rock trying to make sound recordings of the birds.

Fallänge
Beautiful area

Willow Tit, Poecile montanus, Entita

Willow Tit, Poecile montanus, Entita
Willow Tit / Entita

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes
Eurasian Blue Tit/ Blåmes

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes
Eurasian Blue Tit/ Blåmes

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes
Eurasian Blue Tit/ Blåmes

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes
Eurasian Blue Tit/ Blåmes

Great Tit, Parus major, चिचिल्कोटे, Talgoxe

Great Tit, Parus major, चिचिल्कोटे, Talgoxe
Great Tit / Talgoxe

Great Tit, Parus major, चिचिल्कोटे, Talgoxe
Great Tit / Talgoxe

Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, นกกระจอกบ้าน, Pilfink

Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, นกกระจอกบ้าน, Pilfink
Eurasian Tree Sparrow/ นกกระจอกบ้าน/ Pilfink

Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, นกกระจอกบ้าน, Pilfink
Eurasian Tree Sparrow/ นกกระจอกบ้าน/ Pilfink

Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, นกกระจอกบ้าน, Pilfink
Eurasian Tree Sparrow/ นกกระจอกบ้าน/ Pilfink

Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, นกกระจอกบ้าน, Pilfink
Eurasian Tree Sparrow/ นกกระจอกบ้าน/ Pilfink

Listen to the Blue Tit

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy recorder, High Pass Filter applied wit Audacity

We can hear Great Tit and Eurasian Tree Sparrows between the wing flaps


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eBird

eBird Report

FALLÄNGE 115, Västmanlands län [SE-19], SE Feb 7, 2021 09:24 - 10:42
Protocol: Traveling
0.67 kilometer(s)
6 species

Common Magpie 1
Willow Tit 2
Eurasian Blue Tit 1
Great Tit 20
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 7
Yellowhammer 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S80567843

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



It was OK and I was actually warm, but the feet was ice cold and I returned to my cottage. I could hear a chainsaw and I looked out the window. The owner had started to clear the area around my car so he could come up with the tractor. We connected the chain and the car was free a few minutes later. I said thank you and I went back to the cottage.

They are making their own sausages at the farm and I had ordered a few kg sausage and lamb chops. The owner brought the meat and I paid for the sausages and the cottage for 2 weeks.

She left and I went out to the car and I will drive to Alvesta to buy groceries and to have a look for shoes and gloves and some other stuff.

Fallänge
My car is ready for action

Fallänge
Driving through a beautiful winter landscape

Fallänge
Driving through a beautiful winter landscape

I found shoes and I am looking forward to test them tomorrow. I will meet Bird Safari Sweden at 8 thirty to go look for the Siberian Jay. Click HERE to find out if we see any Siberian Jay.



       
                  
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!

คุณพูดภาษาไทยได้ไหม ไม่มีปัญหา ถ้าคุณต้องการไปหน้าถัดไป ให้กดปุ่ม “Next” ข้างบนนี้

Вы говорите по-русски? Просто нажмите синюю кнопку "Next" с левой стороны и Вы моментально переместитесь на следующую страницу!

E ni Svenskar och inte förstår Engelska så ska ni skämmas. J och Björn, med det menar jag inte att alla mina stavfel ska ältas varje gång vi träffas.

Flag of Skåne / Skånska flaggan Well, the flag of Skåne, just a BONUS flag.


                                       

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