Eagles, Siberian jays, nuthatches, woodpeckers, tits


This is an Ural owl video. The Ural owl was one of the bird species which we hoped to see when we went to Finland. We did not see an Ural owl, but we did see many other birds.

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 jay, 13 March 2015

Siberian jays, like the one on this photo, were the biggest birds.

Nuthatch, 13 March 2015

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.

Nuthatch

Great spotted woodpecker male, 13 March 2015

Great spotted woodpeckers came as well, both a male and a female.

Great spotted woodpecker female, 13 March 2015

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?)

Great tit, 13 March 2015

There were great tits. A bit further to the north we would not have seen them.

Willow tit in the snow, 13 March 2015

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?

At 10:45, a golden eagle flies past. Will it land? Attracted by the roadkill animal carcasses lying in the snow here; of a red fox, a red squirrel, and a mountain hare?

Stay tuned!

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