Linnets and a Twite

From 11th of February I still saw 3 Herring Gulls in Lake Simpele for a few days. On the 12th day I found the first Goldeneye in Simpele Kokkolanjoki and 5 Whooper Swans, 4 Mallards and 2 Dippers that have been wintering there were also seen. In Suomaankorpi I saw a flock of 28 Black Grouse.

On the 13th of February I saw 13 Herring Gulls in Imatra Vuoksi and in Lappeenranta I saw a Teal in Reijola and in the evening I saw the familiar Eagle Owl that was also calling actively.

The weather changed a little bit colder and it was snowing pretty heavily for a couple of days but still there wasn’t very much snow on the ground. On th16th day I saw a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and a White-backed Woodpecker in Siikalahti and a White-backed Woodpecker, a Treecreeper and a couple of Siskins in Moskuunniemi. In the evening there were stunning northern lights on the sky. On the 17th day I saw a Gold Finch flying over our house.

On the 19th and 20th of February we were putting some more Great Grey Owl nest-platforms to the

On the 21st day I saw 10 Mallards in Kokkolanjoki and in Imatra I saw a Fieldfare. In Lappeenranta Suni I twitched a flock of 4 Linnets and a Twite. I had to walk a lot before I found them right next to my car. The weather was extremely bad but with my new camera I managed to get some pictures.

On the next days I saw only a couple of White-backed Woodpeckers.

J.A.