I wanted to get more video footage so spent the day filming. I began by filming birds around the cabin. A male Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) was a new species, flying low over the cabin. This is a Northern Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pyrrhula).
After breakfast I walked over to the marsh to film the Common Crane and the sounds of wading birds displaying. I crossed the marsh and headed into the forest.
When you are deeper into the forest it is incredibly quiet for birds and the animals disappear before you can get close to them, so I made my way through the forest to one of my favourite spots where the forest has been cleared and there is an observation tower to sit in. As I came out of the forest I was walking around this tree stump
when a female Capercaillie jumped up from her nest and almost knocked me over. The nest contained 6 eggs, slightly larger than those of a chicken.
I was filming the nest when I heard something moving in the forest and I could see the brown back of a mammal moving along behind a ridge. As I watched a head appeared and it was a Red Fox. I filmed it as it came towards me to investigate but when it realised what I was it turned and ran off.
As I walked up to the tower I saw a Moose feeding on trees along one edge of the clearing. I filmed it briefly but then it saw me and disappeared into the forest. I climbed up onto the tower
and watched for movement across the open clearing
A Black Woodpecker flew into the clearing and landed on a tree stump ( a new species in Lapland for me) and another Moose walked across the clearing grazing on Birch regrowth.
I was walking back through the forest and decided to check out a small area of marsh. As I walked through the trees to the marsh I heard something running across the wet ground. I walked onto the marsh and stood watching where the animal had run into the forest.
I looked to my right and noticed the moss had been disturbed and when I walked to it there were a clear line of tracks going across the marsh………bear tracks…….very fresh bear tracks
How did I know they were fresh?….well when you tread on the moss it compresses and water fills the hole or track. Gradually the moss rises again (rather like a sponge) and the water disappears. When I first found this track it had water in it. I saw or heard nothing more but this is the closest encounter I have had with bear so far.
Birds of note; I male Rustic Bunting around the cabin, 3 Willow Tit and 1 Whooper Swan on the lake in the evening.