Really bad weather today, even in the Finnish point of view. We are used to snow, but big blizzards are always bad - lot's of traffic accidents and some deaths.
I had to drive today from Valkeakoski to Helsinki. Usually it takes about an hour and 45 minutes, today it took 3 hours... When I finally left the highway and stopped in the end of ramp because of traffic lights, I cursed in my mind the bad weather. Suddenly I noticed something moving right outside my car - there were two European Greenfinches (Carduelis chloris) - and they we mating in branch of birch, in the middle of blizzard! At the same moment I forgot the winter - in spite of snow, it's really spring, the Greenfinches proved it!
In the evening, when I drove back home, I managed to see also my first Stock Doves (Columba oenas) for this spring; a flock of 5 were flying over the snowy fields of Nurmijärvi.