Winter is coming 1: Cranes

In June last year, I moved from house in countryside (lived there for 23 years) to an apartment in town. The house was on a side of a not high mountain, with open landscapes, so one could see quite far in some directions. One seasonal change that was very obvious was the migration of birds, …

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Again autumn again cranes again

I’ve written about cranes in autumn and spring. Today I heard and saw the cranes’ southward migration for the first time this year. It was a big V-formation (skein) of about fifty birds. In Swedish we call it “plog” (“plow”) formation. They do plow through the air, abandoning us ground dwellers for greener pastures. I …

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Spring: Cranes moving north

One of my first posts on this blog was about a sure autumn sign: the cranes moving south. Now it is spring, and the cranes have been on their way north from Spain and Northern Africa, respectively. Their last big stop is the lake Hornborgasjön. More than ten thousand gather to “dance” and probably also …

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Autumn: Cranes moving south

One of the ultimate signs here in Sweden (and Northern Europe) of winter is coming  is the moving south of the common crane (Grus grus) for the winter. Picture by J.M. Garg. License: CC BY-SA 3.0. Source: Wikimedia I live not far from the last major stop for their migration north in the spring, so …

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Wild goose chase

This morning I heard wild geese for the first time this season. They are on their way up north. I opened the door, but couldn’t see them. I do not know which species they were. Geese are an early sign of spring. Another winter has passed, hopefully. In one of my first posts, I wrote …

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