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
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.
After Dave left some comments about structural improvements to my out-building I felt I must try to address issues he had raised. Not sure if I understood everything correctly, but I hope so!!
I have built an internal frame around the door opening
The door I am going to use, is a sliding door that i was give, which I will fit on the outside of the building once I have nailed the outside panels on.
I could not obtain more 2″ x 5″ to strengthen the roof, but the local saw-mill did have a 2″ x 6″ left, so I have placed this mid-way under the rafters to provide support and help spread the weight.
I also found an old window which I have now mounted on one side of the building to provide a little light inside.
As usual, I am never alone when working ;>)
We still have a lot of snow (about 1 metre deep) but as the days get longer and warmer, it gradually melts. We have been out enjoying the sunshine and the mince beef sausage which is now dry and ready to eat
Birds such as Whooper Swan, Greenfinch, Snow Bunting and Chaffinch are returning and just now we have an unusual visitor to the garden, a Siberian Nutcracker.
We had one in 2010 that spent the winter here, but they do not breed here.
We have had clear blue skies for several days now and the temperature during the middle of the day is getting a few degrees above freezing.
We have a pair of Great Tits building a nest in one of the nest boxes in our garden.
Today in Koskuskulle village there were several small flocks of Snow Buntings flying around
and this evening there is a Tengmalm’s Owl singing here in Nattavaara.
Last Thursday night and during most of Friday 20cms of snow fell. It then turned to rain and by Monday most of the snow had disappeared!! Apparently the weather lore that I wrote about last time does not apply if the snow melts due to rain!!
There are a large number of mice and voles at the moment, and consequently the local population of Hawk Owls has increased.