The eagle is a handsome symbol of the wilderness. Their main food are squirrels, rabbits and landfowl. In winter, they often rely on carcasses. An eagle couple nests for decades on the same territory they have once chosen, and they can have two-three alternative nests on their territory. The eagle preys in two ways. It either sits on a spot where it can see the whole landscape, or in windy conditions it flies around with the help of the wind.
Squirrel skins were a valuable currency back in the old days. They were hunted quite industriously. A good dog that barked at squirrels was a good friend for a hunter. These days it is a mistake for a dog to start barking at a squirrel. Squirrels are in good shape during winters when there are lots of cones in spruces, and they can have two litters the following summer. Bird tables are these days very common feeding places for squirrels in the countryside.
The beautiful Jay is still very common in the countryside. During winter, it stays in the forest. They survive the winter by relying mostly on food gathered and stored during summer. In Kuusamo, there is a lot of traffic going on between the fields and forests during autumn. They carry the leftover seeds from fields using their throat pouches. They hide them in their own stashes. They also visit the bird tables of houses located near forests, to get extra food.
A few decades ago you could spot large starling flocks by lakes surrounded by fields. Due to the changes in animal husbandry, the species has almost vanished. Lately, there has been some signs of normalization thanks to lawn parks. It is more and more common nowadays to spot a starling nesting in a box near yards.
The Starling is still very common in Estonia due to their different animal husbandry.