Now is the time to keep the fire burning in the stove.
I’m not talking about a very cold weather, nor do I think about the strong winds that never seem to die out. No I’m talking about the Jackdaws. They are my favorite bird amongst them all even though they are black and grey and a crow relative. They are extremely fun and inventive and I’ve had a tame one once that I saved when it had broken its wing. However they have this habit of building nests in chimneys and that’s a big problem.
Now, it doesn’t stop them trying if there is any kind of blockage at the top, like a net. They just keep hoping that the net will disappear so they keep on putting sticks and twigs down the holes in the net just in case it actually would vanish 🙂 They can block the flue within days if they are determined enough. The only thing that actually stop them is if they understand that smoke will come out of the chimney every day.
Everything is very early this year, birds sing spring songs, geese and trumpet swans fly by every hour now (still no cranes that I’ve seen anyway), Snowdrops flower in my garden and the Ussuri redberried elderberry bushes have big flower buds and the Jackdaws are looking for chimneys to nest in. This winter is so far the best thing that could happen to my Black Walnut. It looks so fine and as long as any eventual setback isn’t too cold it will have a great start of this year.
But I have also bought another kind of walnut, the Manchurian Walnut and it looks like they are germinating fine. I will never be able to have a mango tree in my garden no matter how fast the green house effect works on this little planet of ours but I will have at least one walnut tree 🙂 🙂 🙂 There are a few other species of walnut I can try if these don’t make it but I think I now have the two hardiest ones.
We went out on the big fields even if the wind is as strong as ever but since it doesn’t rain I thought it might be worth it. I can’t say I enjoyed it but it was a nice change to the forest. I love walking in the forest every day but after a while it feels like I’ve photographed every stone, tree, creek or animal from all angles by now 🙂 It’s time for a pot of tea and after that a small nap I think. Perhaps I’ll put on the radio just in case there’s a chance for a medal in the Olympics today. By the way, the meteorological spring has arrived to southern Sweden now, a month or two earlier than normal.
Have a great day!