My favourite time of year

This is my favourite time of year here in Lapland.  Everyday there are new species of birds arriving and you just never know what you will find.  Yesterday I was out for the hole day visiting different areas.

I started at a wetland area just outside Nattavaara.  Before I had got out of the car I could here 2 Rustic Buntings (Emberiza rustica) singing.  One came very close to investigate, but was moving all the time and I could not get a good photograph of it.

I also found a Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

displaying or “lekking” on an island in the middle of  small lake

In Dokkas there was a Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) singing.  On the lake in Dokkas there were five Little Gulls (Hydrocoloeus minutus).  There is a colony of Little Gulls which breed on the lake.

There was one male Smew (Mergellus albellus) and many Goldeneye

Another nice surprise was a pair of Common Scoter just in front of the bird tower.

I have not seen Common Scoter in Lapland before.

I cooked my evening meal at the side of Lina river just outside Dokkas

I cooked fried sausage, noodles and coffee

I made this simple fork to eat the noodles with, but splitting a piece of Alder at one end and inserting a small wedge to keep the two prongs open.

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