What a heatwave!
Those sneaky Saharians decided they’d had enough heat so they sent all the hot air north and it has been bothering us for a few days. On Thursday and Friday, the temperature gauge in the car was showing 32C at 08:15 on the way to work and 38C on the way home at around 18:00. I’ve not seen what the temperature was at midday but it must have been 40C+. It’s very hot and unusually sticky air for Warsaw, with a faint smell of camel poo and roast goat.
Today it only got up to around 32C midday and was 24C this morning so it’s much better weather for the planned “Come on England!!” BBQ festival I’m attending in Łomianki this afternoon.
I don’t know if it is because of the heat wave but we have some new wildlife to enjoy.
This guy has been living in our garden for a few days, a Common Pheasant or Bażant zwyczajny (Phasianus colchicus). I need to dig my shotgun out and go bag some dinner!
We’ve also enjoyed the owl “flight training” that has been going on every evening between 23:00 and 00:00. One adult owl and two babies. The adult sits on a branch or our fence and shouts at the babies who fly from tree to tree squeaking their disapproval at being worked so hard in such heat. As buying a decent torch in Poland is next to impossible I was not able to get a good look at the owl. It was obviously an owl and when the head swivelled I got the bright orange eyes. From the size and shape I’d say it was a Barn Owl but the noises being made were not the same as on that website, although there may well be a whole set of special noise for flight training babies. It could easily have been a Short Eared Owl as well, I suppose. When I find a good torch, I’ll be able to provide better information!
The toads have been lovin’ it! The racket they make at night is quite incredible. There’s quite a gang of them down in the mini-lake and when they all get going you can’t hear yourself think. I’m not sure what they are though. The noise is definitely more like a Natterjack than a common toad but there’s a tone in there that would suggest something else completely. I must try to get a photo and identify them.
You can hear the noise in the video included in this post from last year – The Great Frog Hunt.