Early Spring in Transylvania

This year March and April showed us how different could the nature in some years even in spring time. While March was sunny and mild, in April we have witnessed completley the opposite, the winter comes back for several weeks with snow and cold temperatures.

In the first warmer days spring flowers started to bloom in many areas and bird songs filled the air all over the Carpathians.

 Spring Snowflakes in the sunrise (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 Hepatica transsilvanica an endemic spring flower of this region (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

 Dogs Tooth Violet (Erythronium dens-canis) are amongst the first spring flowers in mixt oak and decidous woodlands (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 An other special spring flower is the Snake’s head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) photo by Zoltán Gergely Nagy

Last Autumn was rich in beech mast and acorns and the result was an increase of vole population in the Carpathian forests. Quite early we realized that Ural Owls and Tawny Owls started to breed in some of our nest boxes already in March. Great news indeed!

  Ural Owl is a common breeding bird in Transylvania (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Nestboxes for Dippers installed in January were all occupied by April.

 Dipper with nest material. End of March was the time when Dippers started the breeding (Photo: Attila Szilágyi)

 Feeding Dipper (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 Dipper in the snow fall in April (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 Early Spring is the Hazel Grouses main displaying period (Photo: Attila Szilágyi)

 Wallcreeper is an other special breeding species of the Transylvanian mountains (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

 Male Wallcreeper guarding its breeding territory (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

 Brown Bear family from a special hide (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 Spring is a great time to see Brown Bears in Transylvania (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 Brown Bear (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 We had few days of snow and cold  in April when we could photograph brown Bears in fresh snow. It was a very special moment indeed (Photo: János Oláh)

 Brown Bear in a snow in mid April! (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

 

Sakertour team

 

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