The snow is still thick on the ground but it is getting warmer everyday and the thermometer is now nudging above zero in the afternoon although the nights are still below freezing. A short cross country ski trip in Maridalen (my local patch just north of Oslo) under blue skies and a surprisingly warm sun revealed a few signs of spring:
Yellowhammers and various Tits were signing and woodpeckers were very conspicuous, mostly Great Spotted but a single Lesser Spotted was calling and a freshly excavated Black Woodpecker hole was found in an Aspen although the birds did not show themselves.
The coming months should be very exciting with hopefully everyday bringing new species. With my norwegian year list standing at a miserly 55 species it won't be too dificult to add on average 1 new species per day until the end of May.