Tag Archives: birds

Swans

The swans are back. They have been on the other side of the lake. I have been able to spot them like white dots but to hear them very well. On Tuesday (the day when Quam left us, I’m still very sad) when I came down to the beach they were here on this side, bobbing in the waves looking for food. When the other one was sticking his head in the other one kept his eyes on the surrounding, ready to warn if anything suspicious would occur.

End of summer, beginning of the fall

Cannot believe. Already September 10. There are not many flowers in our garden in bloom anymore. I have though taken some pictures daily. Some when walking Canelo and some on the way to the mall or hairdresser etc. Below a few shots from end of August and beginning of September.

Barley field about one kilometer from where we live.

Barley field about one kilometer from where we live.

Dark clouds but after all it didn't rain

Dark clouds but after all it didn’t rain

Old File Factory at Vantaa rapids about 7 km away from us.

Old File Factory at Vantaa rapids about 7 km away from us.

Colorful blueberry plants

Colorful blueberry plants

Moss covered stone

Moss covered stone

Bird watching tower not far from us.

Bird watching tower not far from us.

Picture taken at top of the bird watching tower. In the distance you can see the lake which is only about 400 meters away from where we live.

Picture taken at top of the bird watching tower. In the distance you can see the lake which is only about 400 meters away from where we live.

Cat on trash bin enjoying the warmth of the lid.

Cat on trash bin enjoying the warmth of the lid.

Barnacle geese getting ready to move to the south for the winter.

Barnacle geese getting ready to move to the south for the winter.

Succisa pratensis also know as Devil's-bit

Succisa pratensis also know as Devil’s-bit

Just an other view on an other day over Pitkäjärvi.

Just an other view on an other day over Pitkäjärvi.

The Black Grouse

I was having my morning coffee when my husband, who was out walking Canelo, called me. Yes, this time he called me ūüôā You better grab your camera and come quickly he said. The black grouse is here again. This time with two female. I was still in my pyjamas but I dressed fast as a fire fighter. On the road I saw the bird running towards me. He is a fast runner. I was able to take two pictures and a short video clip before he disappeared. I think neither the pictures or the clip are good but my husband says they are good enough to post on my blog. I still hesitated but after all decided to post them. At least you can hear how the black grouse sounds. Unfortunately I saw no female birds. But, who knows, maybe I soon will be lucky enough to see them also.

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Black Grouse

In the beginning of the week my husband came home from his morning walk with Canelo. He said, can you believe I saw a black grouse ! I said, can you believe I don’t ! And you are not allowed to fool me as it’s not April first yet. I’m not trying to fool you, he said, I really saw one. Finally I understood it was true. Oh was I disappointed and sad ! I blamed him for not calling me. I so much had wanted to both see the bird and to take some pictures because I have never seen one, not in my childhood home on the country side or here in all the 38 years that we have been in this neighborhood.

Today on the way back home from the supermarket, just on the plot next to us, I saw the bird. I shouted, there it is, there it is, STOP THE CAR ! Both my husband and son looked a bit afraid. They had no idea why a was screaming but my husband stopped the car. I opened the door, hopped out, whispering through the teeth in order to not frighten the bird, it’s the bird. WOW ! My hands were shaking of excitement and the first pictures were just blurry. As soon as I realized the bird was not going to fly away I calmed down and was able to shoot a couple of sharp enough pictures before the bird disappeared under the branches of a spruce. A man, who also stopped to photograph said it was a small one. He said they usually are much bigger. Big or small¬†I’m happy I had the luck to take the pictures.

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Pheasant

Yesterday I saw five pheasants in the middle of the road to get to the other side. They saw a car coming, which caused them to run in all directions, like headless chickens. One of them dared not and ran back. ¬†I stopped to see whether he would manage or not. Fortunately, he waited until no more cars before he crossed the road.¬†Many years ago there were a lot of pheasants around here. One could hear the males crow early in the morning. I have no idea why they disappeared but now they’re back.

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Willow Warbler ?

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Is this little bird a willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)? I think it is. Yesterday I noticed many of them flying from leaf to leaf picking insects. I wanted to get a little closer for better pictures but as soon as I took a few steps forward they all flew away. After a while they came back. I had to shoot them from a safe distance. I read that willow warblers in August-September are migrating down to central Africa. Isn¬īt it amazing that these tiny birds are able to fly that far ?