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Uncle Henry´s Universe.

About the blog

I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

We all have our own universe, welcome to visit mine.

Another hard week …

Bear, Golden eagle, Wolf, Wolverine Posted on Sun, March 22, 2020 20:19:15

… in paradise! I love this time of year, at least if the weather and winds are on mine and the eagles’ side. They have been playing against the blue sky almost every day, often in wonderful acrobatics. At one point, five eagles were close together for a short while, and my task then was to quickly assess their age based on what plumage they had. For a moment I was almost stressed, but it went over after a cup of hot chocolate and a sandwich with fried eggs.

Midday thaw is strong now. The night’s ten minus degrees quickly turn into comfortable seven to eight plus degrees. The fresh wolverine tracks at Wednesday’s scouting site look much older already after a few hours. There will be no tracking this day, no time right now, work with the eagles must go first.

Also stumbled upon spring’s first bear track. Always nice but surprisingly early this year. It gives a little extra excitement to the working day to know that there is a grumpy friend in the neighborhood, who just woke up in a wet bed, pushed the plug out of the butt and is insanely hungry after a long winter sleep.

I think the most exciting tracking I’ve ever done is when I followed day-fresh bear tracks one spring night with the full moon as the only light source. Damn, then I probably had a maximum heart rate!

The work week ended with a practical collaboration with a wolf. On my way to the scouting site for working with the eagle, I encounter very fresh wolf tracks. Some wolf I do not see, and the tracks disappear into the hard crust. I’ll track down the wolf until it’s time for the eagle. What I do not know is that the wolf takes over the work of tracking and tracks me during the day.

When I am on my way home after the day, I again meet fresh wolf tracks but now in my own tracks from the morning. And I who thought I was ready for the day! Just to take the baton and begin to track the wolf again. It became a long working day.



Golden eagle 2020

Golden eagle Posted on Sat, March 07, 2020 17:20:34

Now this year’s inventory of the golden eagle will start. Let’s hope for sunny days and strong winds for the rest of March and early April. The lynx inventory season is over for this winter, but we continue to track wolf and wolverine month out.

I have not found any tracks this week but got nice hiking trips on foot or with snowshoes. It is a wonderful time now at the end of winter, when the night’s minus temperatures quickly turn into heat as the sun rises.

Tracks of red foxes often cross my hike, it´s mating time and you often hear them shouting, even during the day. The woodpecker drums, black grouse play on the marshes and crossbills are full of nesting boards, it goes towards spring.

In the first golden eagle territory I visited during the week, the business was in full swing. Both adult eagles were present and a kid from previous years. They were playing in the wind, seemed to enjoy it. Sometimes the female disappeared into the snow-covered forest to warm the nest for a while, all snow must be removed before hatching can begin.

The large nest is well hidden in the snow-covered forest.



Golden eagle 2019

Golden eagle Posted on Mon, September 30, 2019 11:54:42

This spring I was convinced that 2019 would be a record year for the golden eagles in our area, and maybe it was, but without our knowledge…

In other parts of the country, the golden eagle breeding seems to have been successful, in some county even new record.

All the eagle pairs in our area showed signs of wanting to nest, but when we later visited the nesting sites we knew, most nest were empty. Some had collapsed during the winter but since eagles usually have alternative nesting there is rarely any problem. The problem is for us to find these nests!

Although the golden eagle is a big bird and they build very large nest, it is remarkably difficult to find them. The eagle is very discreet around the nest and an alternative nest can be located more than 5 km from another. The eagle territory in our area are often around 30 square kilometers, so there will be extensive forest areas to look through.

In our oldest golden eagle territory, which I have inventoried for 19 years, it was successful nesting this year too. It´s an old couple who often manage to breed chicks. Whether it´s been the same eagles all the time is hard to say, but I think so. They can get quite old. Our oldest eagle was probably at least 32 years old.

Often eagles only succeed in breeding every two years, but this pair often succeeds two years in a row. Here the results was the same as last year. A kid lay dead under the nest and a large and powerful one was ringed.

Later in the summer a colleague found a new alternative eagle nest and a kid so in summary, at least two eagle nesting´s succeeded this year.



New Buddy in the neighborhood.

Golden eagle, Nature Conservation Posted on Sat, June 18, 2016 15:05:30

This year
seems to be a pretty bad year for the golden eagle, at least in the central
parts of Sweden. In Värmland, we have only found one successful breeding so
far, in which a fairly large and nice kid has been ringed.

In addition
to weighing and measuring, takes bird ringers now also blood sample for DNA
analysis. Here is the “Lord of the Rings” in place in the nest for sampling.

Big feet
and sharp claws, they have the resources, yet they are surprisingly calm and
kind while they are handled.



Poor meee!

Golden eagle, Nature Conservation Posted on Fri, March 04, 2016 19:11:33

Now it is a
difficult time for me and my dear colleagues. Not yet finished with wolf
tracking when the golden eagle demands attention. Frustrating days comes before
us. When you track wolves, are you thinking about all the eagles who wishes to
be registered and when you are waiting for eagles that never turns out, are you
thinking about all the wolves that wish to be tracked. You are never quite
satisfied.

As we say
every year, it’s a crappy job, but someone has to do it!



This year’s ringing.

Golden eagle, Nature Conservation Posted on Sun, June 08, 2014 19:23:21

Two new
golden eagle chicks were ringed today, will be interesting to follow them over
the next few years. The kid in the picture is about 35 days old. Think it looks
adorable on the baby blue blanket.



Christmas Greeting

Golden eagle, Nature Conservation Posted on Sat, December 28, 2013 11:55:30

523B on a carrion. Photo: Sture Orrhult.

Got a Christmas message from the eagle we ringed as a juvenile
this past summer, it savored a Christmas dinner in the form of a roe-deer on
Sture Orrhults feeding place in Dalsland. (Approximately 238 km south from the
nest where it was born)

The first eagle we ringed in our county (in 2010), has
also been observed on carrion during December, but then instead in Leksand,
Dalarna. (About 125 km to the east from the birthplace.)

Of the seven eagles which we previously ringed is one
rediscovered dead and four observed on carrion, so it’s only 2 that we have not
yet received feedback on. A very good result I think.

For those who want to see more pictures or learn more
about Eagle, please follow the attached link to Sture’s site.

http://www.orrhult.eu/ovrigt/index%20ovrigt.htm


532B as a juvenile in the nest 2013. Photo: Börje Dahlén.



Another bad year for the Golden Eagle.

Golden eagle, Nature Conservation Posted on Sun, June 16, 2013 18:25:19

We had
seven active golden eagle territory and a great spring, but got only a little
one this year. If you want to be positive about it, that is at least one more
than last year. There also seems to be the same tendency in the neighbouring
counties, few kids was born. Maybe it’s because poor prey availability.

On Friday
it was time for ringing, I hope to return with information on the eagle’s
continuing adventures in the coming winter. The eagles we previously ringed
usually show up on carrion in the neighbouring counties, where dedicated
ornithologists studying them.

One does
not like to shake hands with a golden eagle, not even with a small one, for the
sharpness and power of the claws are impressive.



Inventory of Golden Eagles 2013.

Golden eagle, Nature Conservation Posted on Sun, March 03, 2013 21:54:57

This year’s
inventory of golden eagles has started in a fantastic weather. Sunshine, fresh
winds and temperatures above freezing. The very first day I managed to see two
adult eagles dive over the nest they usually use in the rough pine at the foot
of the mountain. This territory is occupied, five remain. I’ve said it before
but it is worth repeating. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

I got today
that tickling feeling of discomfort, it felt like someone was staring at me …
Discovered eventually the Hawk Owl that had sneaked up behind me. What a lovely
buddy, he kept me company all day long. It came closer and closer, hunted to
the end only a few dozen meters away from me, but then had the batteries in the
camera run out a long time ago …

Suddenly
draws snow showers in and it becomes gray and chilly, is considering breaking
today’s work but soon after, the clouds passed and the sun is shining again.
Spring weather! The forecast looks good for the next week, I hope that the work
continues as well as it started. Would be fun to find some new territory this
year as well.



Eagle inventory 1 april.

Golden eagle, Nature Conservation Posted on Mon, April 02, 2012 09:54:22

Took some friends out this weekend, to show the fascination with eagle inventory, but I’m not sure if they understand me… Mumbled something about April 1 joke!



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