The elegant spotted redshank lives on watery marshes. It nests in the forest, up to a kilometer from the marsh, where it will eventually lead the younglings. The spotted redshank is fierce in its warnings,
if a wanderer gets too close to the younglings. Once the younglings have hatched, the female migrates south, and the male stays behind to take care of the younglings.
The horned grebe can be spotted in Kuusamo almost annually, although it is a southern bird. It is hard to spot it from a flourishing lake view. The nest is a floating raft. When the bird leaves the nest
it covers it with nest materials. Later it transports its younglings on its back, protected by her back feathers.
”The crane brings the spring light into the bed”, says an old Swedish proverb. The cranes arrive in Kuusamo in mid-April. One April morning there will be a tired crane couple sleeping on the familiar
marsh or frozen lake. They will come to the same spot every year. The cranes have adapted well to the changing marsh habitat. The nest can be located surprisingly near to human habitats.
An old crow couple spend their winter nights on their own nest territory. In the morning they fly to the landfill for some treats. In the evening they return tens of kilometers to their home forest. The
young, independent crows make up most of the flocks in the landfill.