Birds, birds and more birds

Migration is well under-way here now.  Yesterday on the river in Nattavaara I had a male Smew (Mergellus albellus), a Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus), Wigeon, Teal and many Goldeneye

I found many fresh Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) tracks in the snow

but I have not yet found where they are displayin

There are many Common Cranes on the marshes now and here is a group that were flying over me calling

and a piece of video of them calling

Vodpod videos no longer available.

There are many hundreds of Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) arriving now and we have had large flocks feeding on the garden

and there have also been up to three Red Squirrels feeding in the garden

Here is a Pine cone that one of the squirrels has eaten

Other bird species here in Nattavaara in the last few days have included; Greenshank, Woodsandpiper, Redwing, Redstart, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Lapland Bunting, Wheatear, Reed Bunting and Snipe.


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