spring arrived with a loud group of geese

The snow is melting right in front of my eyes; the ground is turning from white to brown to green; the sun, when it’s out, is very warm; and birds have started gathering on the fields. There’s only one correct conclusion: Spring is here!

On Friday, when my dad and brother were visiting, we grabbed our binoculars and cameras and headed to the wet fields next to the biology campus in Helsinki. Every year, a lot of geese, gulls and other birds gather there to rest and eat. We mostly saw Barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) and Canada geese (Branta canadensis), but we also caught glimpses of an early Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) and a Western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus). I took some photos, but mostly enjoyed watching the birds with or without binoculars. I secretly also enjoyed walking through large puddles of water, and listening to the water filling up the ditches. It’s a great time to be outdoors, despite the rain, mud and sometimes cold wind!

Without further ado, here are some of the photos I took – I hope you enjoy them!


There will be more, but there are already quite a few Barnacle geese hanging out and eating on the wet fields.


Are the geese jealously looking at all the fun the gull is having in the water?


The geese seem to know how to have fun too, though.


Dad enjoying the view from a bird tower.


This lone Jackdaw looked like it was wondering where all the big, loud geese had suddenly appeared from.


I always forget how big Canada geese are compared to Barnacle geese…


There were quite a few spectators next to the fields – no wonder the geese sometimes ran away!

4 thoughts on “spring arrived with a loud group of geese

  1. Nice photos – not familiar with Barnacle Geese so that was interesting. Good to read about another place where spring is coming around – it seems like everywhere else it’s so much further ahead. We’re setting records for a late spring over here.

  2. clever, Hannele, to photograph the field in color,
    and the birds, [even your dad], pretty much in
    black and white. ; )

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