I haven’t written for a while because I have been on a family holiday to England for two weeks.
During our visit we visited London and saw some of the site such as,
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
The London Eye
and St James’ Park where we saw many birds
We went out on a boat trip along the river Nene with my aunty and uncle
and saw Great Crested Grebe
and Mute Swan
We went swimming
and spent some time at the sea side crab fishing and sunbathing.
I have located two different pairs of breeding Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) during last weekend.
They nest in holes in trees. This nest site was made by a Black Woodpecker.
One pair have large, mature young that can already fly and so were difficult to photograph
The other pair however, have young that have just left the nest and although they cannot fly, they are very good at climbing. They were very difficult to locate sitting in trees.
But once located, they did not move.
While carving a Birch spoon today I chopped my fingers with the axe (I was keeping an eye on Kelly instead of concentrating on what I was doing). I had read an article on Facebook that Cayenne Pepper is very good at staunching the flow of blood so I tried it out.
It did not stop the bleeding within 10 seconds as the article states, but within a minute it had stopped. The base of the fingers is not an easy place to apply a dressing, but I have taped the two fingers together and that seems to have worked ok.
We were at the cabin last weekend. On Friday it was warm and sunny
Kelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!
She also also becoming very interested in nature. In this picture she was learning about ants and they get in your nappy!!
We wanted to have curtains in front of the beds to make it darker when sleeping, during the 24hrs of summer daylight and hide the beds away during the day.
We couldn’t find a curtain at the right length so I decided to make one. The hangers for the rail (which are screwed to the ceiling) I made out of pieces of Birch, screwed to pieces of Pine.
Then I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)
Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.
Here’s the rail fixed in place
and here’s the curtains in place
I spent a lot of time trying to photograph birds, but there are very few birds this year (probably because spring is so late. This Siberian Jay is the best picture I took.
We have now purchased a new house, 2kms outside of Nattavaara. We will be moving there in the autumn and I will write more later in the year.
I have also purchased a second-hand camera; Panasonic Lumix FZ-38 which is a hybrid super zoom camera.
So far I am pleased with the results….
Some of the pictures in my previous post are also taken with this camera.
The only problem is that there is no remote shutter release for this particular model, so I have made one myself using a shelf bracket, a spanner for draining radiators and an air release cable that I have had laying in a box for many years.
When you compress the air bulb connected to a 5m cable
the air forces a metal rod out of the other end. In the first picture the bulb is not compressed
In this second picture the bulb is compressed and the rod pushes down on the shutter release button to take a picture
The remote works very well!
Last Saturday i spent the day at my cabin. As you can see there is still ice on the lake.
and there is still a lot of snow on the ground
Very similar conditions to when I spent my first spring there in 2008.
I went for a long walk while at the cabin and found a trail of feathers
which led to the remains of a male Capercaillie
I imagine he had been displaying and was unaware of a Fox creeping up on him. You can see Fox droppings in this picture
I also found some fresh Mink droppings
Black Grouse were also displaying at the cabin
and there was a hare
The most common birds in the forest just now are Siskin
Reindeer are also calving at the moment
Of course while out walking I made fire, cooked coffee and grilled sausage!
The weather is getting warmer during the day (up to 13 degrees) and so the snow is melting faster. Summer migrant birds are arriving such as;
and Capercaillie display
Though I found a nice location to photograph beaver last week
the rivers and streams are now in flood and so the beaver are more difficult to find.
During the last few weeks when the weather has permitted, I have been out felling Birch trees. This is much work during the winter because before you can fell each tree, you have to dig down through at least one metre of snow to reach the bottom of each tree.
Once I had felled several trees, i cut them into desired lengths and loaded on to the snowmobile sledge and transported them home.
Last weekend (with my father-in-laws help) we cut the trees into logs
and I used Ingvar’s electric log splitter to slit the logs to help them dry. These logs we will use at our cabins.