This video is called Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula).
After 11 March 2015, today 12 March.
We had left Oulu to the sound of house sparrows.
A hooded crow flies past. Magpies on the roadside.
10:20: a raven flying.
As we get further to the east, some trees still have snow on their branches. In Oulu, near the sea, that snow had fallen off already.
We arrive in Kuusamo. A walk around the town center shows mountain hare tracks in the snow.
Then, we see a male and a female pine grosbeak.
The scientific name for pine grosbeak is Pinicola enucleator. Translated: inhabitant of coniferous trees taking cores out of pine cones. Sometimes, pine grosbeaks do feed on coniferous trees. But here, they ate Swedish service tree berries. Old, shriveled Swedish service tree berries: some birds don’t like them, but pine grosbeaks don’t mind.
A bit further along the road, a hooded crow on a birch tree.
Then, we depart to Ruka village, some thirty kilometer away.
Not so far away from the village, a Bohemian waxwing in a small tree.
And Siberian jays in bigger, coniferous trees.
The local ornithological society has put feeders here. They attract great tits.
And this willow tit.