Backyard birding in the Nordics during spring
After moving into our first own home in rural area, we've gotten into some birding.
Our property isn’t the biggest one (less than an acre) but we surely have some nice birds around to enjoy some birding activities like photographing, bird feeding, bird housing and so on.
There is an open water area about 100 meters from our shore which my camera can just barely zoom in enough to identify some of the birds that are already swimming there.
Cranes (Grus grus) are already starting to visit our lake as it’s melting away more every day.
Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major) seemed to enjoy our seeds for most of the winter. They are funny little birds who don’t seem to be bothered by much.
This tit (Poecile) is of a more rarer family.
This little tit (Lophophanes cristatus) we liked to call mohawk.
Bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) enjoyed our seeds from the bird feeders all winter long. As the summer has gotten closer, bullfinches have gone away from our yard.
Ladders are an essential part of fixing, maintaining, placing and removing birdhouses from the trees.
It’s good to remove the old nest from inside the birdhouse already in autumn time, but at latest before the next summer. The nest is removed by simply removing the floor of the birdhouse and cleaning the inside completely.
This is what the nest inside a birdhouse looks like when removed.
Two birdhouses right by the lake.
This birdhouse was placed to a completely new tree where we hadn’t had any birdhouses before.
The ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) in our lake and especially next to our yard are quite shy.
Tit (Parus) didn’t take long before realizing our recently placed birdhouse was free for taking.
Tits (Parus) are some of the most common birds in Finland which we’ve been feeding all winter long.
Blackbirds (Turdus merula) arrived early in the spring to our bird feeders.
Another shot of a woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) during a sunny spring day in our backyard.
Swans (Cygnus cygnus) came a little bit later this year but when they arrived they came as a whole group. Gorgeous and noisy creatures especially in spring time.