Gloomy days

This week saw the end of sub-zero temperatures. The snow has melted, and the weather is now grey and windy. The last snowflakes fell last Saturday, and I enjoyed them until the end, on a lovely walk with two friends around Buresø.

Fog covered Copenhagen when I woke up on Sunday. I went to Kongelunden for a birdwatching tour with DOF; we hoped to see the fog lift before the end of our trip, but this did not happen before Monday evening. It did not prevent us from spotting a Tawny owl (Strix aluco) resting in a tree.

Tawny owl (Strix aluco)
Tawny owl
The owl tree

On occasions, we would stumble upon the corpse of a shrew, probably killed by the cold.kngelunden-4The forest was crowded by thrushes, tits and woodpeckers, but we missed the crossbills. We even found a Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) waiting over the only spot of unfrozen water, near Vestamager.

Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)


kngelunden-9Two days later, there was no snow left in capital of Denmark.


> Kongelunden gallery

Bird inventory


15 thoughts on “Gloomy days

    1. Oh ben tu sais, après avoir vu tous ces hiboux… #blasé
      Non c’est sûr que j’étais bien content 🙂 Après, c’est des oiseaux fascinants… mais passée l’excitation de la découverte (bon on avait un tuyau, mais il a quand même fallu la trouver), on s’ennuie vite. C’est qu’elles sont pas très actives, ces bêtes 😉

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    1. Thank you Hanna 🙂
      The guide from Dansk Ornithologisk Forening had received a sms from a friend the day before, which explained where the owl had been seen… so more luck than cleverness 😉 (but still, I was the first one to spot it ;D )

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    2. I like the organisation, DOF. Great site too!
      Buresø is one of my favourite places and further more it is close to the origins of Mølleåen.
      Were you aware that you can walk from Buresø towards Øresund
      through amazing landscapes.

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    3. I know what you mean. I’m very familiar with that problem. Operating in the winter give one an excuse for wearing a headlamp if you find such attractive 😀


  1. Je ne suis pas originale, tous les commentaires ou presque ont remarqué la chouette ds le tronc d’arbre.
    si j’ai bien compris elle attendait que vous veniez la photographier?
    A la prochaine Rolande


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