Yesterday I was in Dokkas (the village where we are trying to create a nature center) for the day.
My first visit was to the Jerttlompolo Nature Reserve, created by Arthur Leidgren due to the are being incredibly important to both migrating and breeding birds. Unfortunately the lake there was still frozen but there were two Bean Geese, I Robin singing (not a common bird up here) and one Tengmalm’s owl singing during the day.
I then visited the much larger lake in Dokkas, where we have two birdwatching towers
We will be repairing the towers during the summer and we are currently seeking financial support to build another tower with access for disabled people.
As I sat in one of the towers I heard another Tengmalm’s Owl singing. There was also a Woodpigeon singing on the far side of the lake (which is another rare bird up here). A pair of Kestrels have set up residence in one of the Goldeneye nest boxes we have put up and although the lake is frozen, there were four Whooper Swan present. There was also a White-tailed Sea Eagle circling over the lake, 2 Common Cranes flew west calling and I saw the first Meadow Pipit of the year.
I made a small fire on the edge of the lake to cook coffee and grill some sausage
It was a beautiful warm sunny day and really nice to just sit there and look and listen. There was even a Fox that ran within two metres of me carrying a vole in its mouth, so I guess it has young nearby.
Where the snow had melted I found many Cranberries left from last summer