The wife and I did a chilly night outdoors last weekend. We thought about taking the temperature in the spring and it proved to be hot, although it was slightly more than 10 degrees below zero. About twenty black grouse held party on the marsh and traces showed that even a capercaillie rooster had pulled the wings in the snow. It's almost time for the mightiest spectacle in the spring, capercaillie games.
At dusk landed two hawk owls next to us and mated. Soon after, it was time for two pygmy owls. The day before, I had seen two golden eagles mate in the top of an old dry pine, incredible wilderness feeling especially since a hawk owl right next cried out for female company. The same morning woke a colleague with two barking Ural owl who looked hungrily at him. Last but not least, my parents have a horny eagle owl that just after twilight crying out for beautiful ladies from their fire ladder ... it's a busy time in the woods for some time to come!
I worked on the boundary of a new nature reserve yesterday and took the opportunity while putting up some nesting boxes for Ural owl. The working machine worked great as a platform. The absence of old trees with nesting holes nowadays doing nesting boxes extra valuable. I hope that the owls notice which generous and nice person I am and ends to hit me in the head when I pass forwards early summer.