I’ve never seen any of those there before.
It is a rather nice day here with temperatures just above 0C (32F) and sunshine. The wind is still blowing around but not as hard as before and slightly warmish too. I could actually feel the sun giving some heat while walking and some birds, especially the Big Tits sang spring songs today. I won’t even start hoping for spring yet, it’s after all only the beginning of February, normally the coldest month of the year and winter can hang on all through April if we’re unlucky. But hearing that bird song sort of gave hope of a warmer future.
We walked down to the creek and walked upstream’s today. I know You’ve seen lots of photos from there lately but I didn’t trust the weather to stay good for very long and the wind to stay calm at all so I didn’t want to go out on the fields. Bertil followed us again, something he hasn’t done for a long time but it seems that de-worming pill made wonders with his mood so now he follows us again. He was quiet most of the walk until we came close to where we met the wild hogs last time. I had been talking loud all the way so I wasn’t worried that we would stumble up on them today. We could hear how the hogs walked through the forest away from us as soon as Bertil started to complain. We also scared away a moose, the size of its hooves (tracks in the snow, we never saw it only heard it running away) were quite small so I guess it was a calf from last year.
On our next walk we went to the bog and I could hear drops of melted snow falling down from the pines and spruces. The roads are now filled with something looking like snow but it’s just a thin layer of snow and beneath it it’s slush. I have to admit that even if my feet got wet in it I still enjoyed knowing this awful snow was melting away 🙂 We went out to the peninsula as always and when I stood there I saw something move at the corner of my eye. Something small was running on the ice of the creek and at first I thought it might be a water vole.
But it turned out to be a tiny stoat 🙂 I’ve only seen stoats a few times in my life and one of them was a dead one on the gravel road. This one was very much alive and it came running towards us, most likely looking for mice to eat as dinner. They are bloodthirsty little animals and very successful in their hunting. They also look adorable when running around since their legs are short and bodies long in comparison. It didn’t seem to know we were standing not to far away so I decided to walk away before it came to close and the dogs would have scared it.
The laundry is done and I’ve put out food for the deers, the birds will get their feeders filled later tonight so I know they won’t empty them already today. From now on it’s just waiting for the workday tomorrow, I didn’t win the lottery this week either so of to work it is 🙂
Have a great day!