Today it has been 27 degrees, the last bit of snow disappeared during last night and the trees now have leaves on them.
Last week I took three ladies out in the forest to learn some bird songs and calls
I have also located; a nest site for Siberian Tit (but this is the best photo I have taken so far)
a site where Black Grouse display or “lekk”
and a lake just outside Nattavaara which has several pairs of Smew on it
The Smew (like so many larger tree nesting bird species) is becoming increasingly rare due to the more intensive management of the forests here. The consequence of this management is that the trees no longer grow to a sufficient diameter to allow birds like Black Woodpeckers to make holes in and so provide breeding for birds like Smew. In an effort to help at least one pair of Smew I built a nest box and have erected at the side of the lake.