To tell the truth, we did not have mushrooms for two years. In the current rather humid year, the first chanterelle came out in July. Only for a few days we have a mushroom spill. There were not only boletus, but also birch boletes, slippery jacks, parasol mushrooms and even red pine mushrooms. It is very nice to take a walk through the forest and collect mushrooms, especially when there are many. Unfortunately, some of them are worms, especially boletus. But for the beautiful and photogenic. I hope the mushroom season will continue.
Already 4 years ago I wrote about this species on my website. Then I watched his invasion of the surrounding plants. Last years it is in considerable quantity. Larvae of this beetle stay in the soil and cause serious damage. Because I grow vegetables on the parcel and plastic tent, so I personally experienced the damage done by these beetles. This year the quantity is intimidating. On the oaks near my dwelling, the beetles ate most of the leaves. The only benefit is for birds, especially jackals, starlings, and sparrows, from dawn to dusk. I hope that their feeding season is approaching at the end of May.
Taking a trip to Suwałki, we decided to visit Lake Wigry. I have not been there for a dozen years. Usually the tour visits the monastery, from where there is a magnificent view of the lake from all sides. The weather was great, sunny and moderately warm. Not much has changed here since my previous stay. Only the fluttering edges of the lake have grown noticeably. Tourists are almost gone, only school trip. Then we went back on a new unknown route. After driving about 20 km of asphalt road, another long section we drove along the Czarna Hańcza river to Mikaszewo lake, where we took a longer rest in our favorite place. Bathing in the lake allowed to quickly recover fatigue.
On the last day of April, it was Sunday with beautiful sunny weather but rather a chilly northern wind. We went on a trip to the Biebrza river swamp. This place was chosen on the map and we have not been there before. The footbridge to the swamp was difficult to find. We observed scrub in marshes mostly covered with birch, willow and pine trees. In the distance through the binoculars managed to see the hare first, then the crane. We were about to leave the area when we saw a elk far away. Initially stopped and then started moving away quite quickly. Before I prepared the equipment, I replaced the lens, the elk was far away. Here are some photos of this tour.
Most recently we have not winter weather. Temperature ranges near zero. Thus we have a cloudy, humid and foggy. In this weather we drove to the town of Hajnówka. Just before the village Nowosady, which lies on the western edge of the Bialowieza Forest, we saw a huge herd of bison on the field probably 60-80. Visibility was poor due to fog. We got out of the car and the side of the road I made a few photos using the open door as a tripod. I have not had the time or opportunity to get closer, the snow was deep and wet.
The next day, returning by the same route Again we saw them in the same place. The weather was similar and also have taken a few pictures. From a herd of bison disappeared part. I saw in the distance a few photographers who approached the herd to perform better pictures. In the wild bison I have seen a second time. The first time I saw about 25 years ago, in the summer in dense forest near the road to Bialowieza and it was a lone bison. I do not even try to be photographed. Here are some pictures.
Many of us talk about the great invasion of beavers. I remember when it was said that only beavers lived somewhere near the lake Wigry. Now they can be found even along small streams and small rivers. Here in the north of the province, they have lived in small numbers in 70 years. In the south of the province literally 10 years ago.
Here in my environment I know the four places where beavers live. Two of them are over the river Sidra. The other two along the nearby stream, which is surrounded by a pretty large clusters of trees, mainly alder. One of them is just off the road and ponds. Built by the beaver dam was still destroyed, but half a year beavers have peace. The fourth position is huge. There is until 4 huge dams, increasing the water level. Sunk is a large area of the forest. The trees are already dead. There beavers nobody bothers. The easiest way to get there in the winter. You can accurately view, moving around the ice. Here are some of my photos.