The majority of snow has now melted so I was able to drive to th cabin on Monday with dad to check that everything was ok. Because of my slipped disk, we have not been able to get there over the winter.
There were very few birds there, but there were several Wood Sandpipers dispalying.
While driving along a road, there was a Moose standing in front of us. It moved to the side and then stood there so that I could photograph it
Yesterday we had a Common crane visit our garden
On Friday I am going to hospital to see a doctor to find out what they are going to do about my back problem. I’m assuming (and hoping) that it will be another operation.
We still have a large number of Bramblings feeding in the garden.
Frogs have also emerged from hibernation now and are breeding
The pair of Beavers are back at the usual site that I visit.
There are also many Capercaillie along the edges of the roads now
and wading birds such as Spotted Redshank have now returned to breed
There has been a lot happening during the last week and daytime temperatures have been up to 15 degrees C
We have 2 – 300 Bramblings feeding in the garden at the moment
On Saturday we had a male Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) here
which is very rare because their range does not extend this far north!
Yesterday we had 12 Lapland Buntings feeding in our garden. These pictures I took through my telescope with my Samsung Galaxy telephone and the results were surprisingly good
During last weekend the breakup began on the rivers and there was an ice jam here in Nattavaara
The jam broke up before any flooding took place.
We travelled back from England last week with my 83 year old dad who has moved here to live with us.
Unfortunately we all have colds and a sickness bug at the moment, but we have still been able to sit and enjoy the sunshine here in Lapland
Birds are now arriving in large numbers including Redwings, Fieldfares, Tree Pipits, Brambling
We have about 50 Snow Buntings at the moment but I have not been able to get any really good photo’s of them
We also have a Mountain Hare which visits the bird feeder just outside our window every evening at 9pm
Our new utility room is now completed
Emma has her hammock set up on the veranda and sits out there relaxing, even though its only just above freezing!
This weekend we travel to England to collect my dad and move him here to live with us.
This might mean that I do not write anything here for a couple of weeks.
In 10 days we travel to England to fetch my dad who is moving to live with us.
His room is now just about completed (here’s a before and after)
Work continues on the toilet and utility room adjacent to his room
One week ago the first Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalia) appeared one week ago, but I have not managed to get any photographs of them as yet so here is one from a couple of years ago.
The Tengmalm’s Owl has stopped singing and I’m not sure if that’s because it has a mate on eggs or if it has moved somewhere else….time will tell.
You may remember that the children made a nestbox for Tengmailm’s Owl
and I’m pleased to report that last night for the first time there was a male Tengmalm’s Owl singing from a branch above the nestbox.
We are hoping that it will attract a mate now and they will breed.