After we arrived in Kuusamo on 12 March, 13 March 2015 was our first full day in north-east Finland.
Today to a hide where one can usually see golden eagles.
This video from the USA says about itself:
A female Golden Eagle flies from her rocky perch as an early season snowfall blankets Wyoming’s sagebrush steppe.
We arrived at the hide, close to Oulanka National Park.
We did not immediately see any eagles. Also other relatively big birds, like ravens, were not present.
Siberian jays, like the one on this photo, were the biggest birds.
Another, smaller, bird was an Eurasian nuthatch. The subspecies of northern and eastern Europe, with white underparts and orange-reddish stripes on its lower belly.
Great spotted woodpeckers came as well, both a male and a female.
And there were tits. No blue tits here; they live only in towns in north-eastern Finland, where it is warmer than in forests. And even in towns they are rather recent newcomers (because of global warming?)
There were great tits. A bit further to the north we would not have seen them.
And there were willow tits. They nest in all of Finland, even the extreme north.
In the distance, a male and a female bullfinch sit in the snow. Will they come closer?