Walking into town along the river on Saturday, I noticed some "ducks" in the river that I did not recognize...
With help of my camera and my bird book, I think I have now identified them as goosanders - mergus merganser. 'Storskrake' in Swedish. I think these are usually seen along the coasts rather than inland.
In the river by the park, there were lots of various other water birds, I think the larger ones must have been geese rather than ducks. From across the river I was not able to get any close-up photos for identification, though!
My errand in town was to the pharmacy, but after that I also went and had a peek at the main square - now dressed in snow and so with a bit more "Christmas atmosphere" than on my visit two weeks ago.
Santa's Wish-List Labyrinth. There's a postbox in the middle where kids can post their wish-lists to Santa. What happens next, I don't know. Christmas magic, perhaps??
On my wish-list: Better snow-clearing! They seem to have given up on clearing the pavements and safe places to cross the streets. You just have to try and follow the best you can where others have gone before. (In some ways, everywhere is like a labyrinth in this kind of weather. You never know where you may find your way blocked!)