The all-year-round inhabitants of the forest come across each other at a feeding spot arranged by a photographer. The black woodpecker has come to check out the squirrel’s dining table. During very cold weather the squirrel spends most of its time in its warm mossy nest. The black woodpecker has to work hard, because the ants and insects are either under the bark or in stubs under the snow.
A black tuft decorates the tail of an ermine in its winter suit. It changes color for summer, to a brown-white suit. The ermine gives birth in a nest hole in a barn or in a pile of rocks. There can be about 5-8 cubs following the mother in the end of summer, depending on the mole population.
The Pine grosbeaks appear on rowans during winter, but in the summertime they are quite unknown in the north. They retreat to southern Finland for the winter to eat berries and return to Kuusamo as one of the first migrating birds. Their song is quite silent and brings summer to mind with its beautiful melody. They are late nesters and feed their younglings with berries. Like their friend the Bullfinch, they also only eat the seeds from the rowanberries.
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.