Solar illuminated bird feeder

Feeding wild birds or backyard birds is a great way to learn more about them. They are such fascinating and adorable little creatures. To be successful at the birds dinner table I have eventually learned what to give them to keep them coming.

Here you can see the tiny “solar panel” I mounted on the roof – the light bulb is inside under the roof. The birds don’t seem to be bothered by it at all, and this little great tit is the first guest this frosty morning.solar cell panel bird feeder solceller talgoxe tit kjottmeis feeding frost winter birds night illumintation kjøttmeis fågelmatare fuglemater

So, this autumn I put up various bird feeders, two of them with windows. I is really so cool to spy on the various visiting bird species and see what they are up to. You can be sure that if the “table is not ready and set” they know where to find me and remind me about that 😀

It’s for sure cosy to see the decorative bird feeders all day, but at night it is completely darkness out there ..almost… so I pondered on how to best enlighten the windowed bird feeders at night. I decided to buy some super-cheap solar cell bulbs (3 EURO each), and installed them with the solar charging “panel” outside on the bird feeders roofand bulb inside. It works like a charm! 

The relatively peaceful daytime bird feeders automatically turns into extra cosy bird cabins with slighty illuminated windows in blue, red and greene at night… like somebody is at home in there ... (oh, I think I managed to include the Big Dipper/Karlsvognen in the photo too, can you see it too?)bird house solar light solcell ljus fågelmatare nigth nattlysnordic arctic polar frost

Up here in the cold north we now only have a few hours of sun this time of year, so the solar cells charging time are pretty limited right now, but a solar cell illumination after dark for some extra hours is enough, and when the reflecting snow comes it will hopefully improve the charging conditions again.

Whenever I can afford it I use solar cell illumination. Now I have put up solar cell illumination both along my barn’s stairway and on two of my bird feeders outdoor, some additional small steps in the right direction. So far this winter we had -18 °C , and the solar cell still works!solar cell illumination bird feeder

More pip’s to come.. 😉

Hunting License study

Feels awesome to finally get started on my way to the exam in licence to hunt. Ever since I completed wildlife biology at Umeå University, where I met a lot of active hunters (and also visited Jägerförbundet), I decided to get the license myself.  

The most important advice I got from them was to take the long way.. not the super expensive 3-days speed version license.  And due to my respect for animals, nature and weapon I totally agree on that – and will enjoy an in-depth learning progress and, hopefully, do my exam during spring 2018. I’m in no hurry.

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I met another photographer on Svalbard that had his own weapon for safety, and I was invited to come along with him to go outside the city limits and find new cool stuff and places to shoot with our cameras – safely.

However, I am not sure I will ever have a heart to “shoot Bambi” – but I grew up with people around me doing grouse hunting, so it feels most naturally for me to aim for that.  Here are some (in my opinionadvantages with a hunters licence:

  • If I need to I am able to take home clean meat for dinner. I do not eat much meat, but when I do I prefer meat from animals that have spent a good life in nature (like moose and deer) rather than a bred animal with a life in total captivity and stress/fear from the slaughterhouse
  • I can visit Svalbard again and be more independent whenever I want to go outside the city limits (without having to pay for an expensive guide) and instead hire a proper gun to protect myself just in case (you know.. polar bears).
  • Another great reason to spend time with my dog outdoors in the mountains!
  • And of course learn a lot more about the management of wild animals, nature resources and humans, a comprehensive subject of increasing importance these days if you ask for my opinion.
  • …did I forget anything? please add!

 

 

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This weekend the winter came to visit us up here in Northern Sweden, and I and Jenta went up to hike around Stor-Åskasjön again. Hopefully she will one day follow me to hunt grouse, as I am pretty sure she would like to use her hunting instinct.

Updates will follow….

Sweden: Wildlife tracking excursion in Umeå

We borrowed old-fashioned wooden skis from the swedish military – yes, like the one’s I remember using in my childhood Norway – but skis that are still going strong, especially in undulating terrain, and the only needed ski wax is a simple and more environment-friendly candle, not the toxic ski wax some are using today.

 

Thank’s to currently studying wildlife biology and conservation at Umeå University my class recently participated in an interesting animal tracking excursion in the forest fields outside Umeå town. Despite icy snow conditions we had an awesome and sweaty skiing tour with glittering sun, bonfire and nature… a wonderful day away from a confined classroom.

Lunch break and bonfire with kettle and hot-dog grilling together with our happy teacher

 

Many of us learn best when we’re “out there” experiencing, that’s for sure, especially when it comes to analyse tracks. It is easy to overlook lot’s of tracks and signs made by animals if you don’t know what to look for, as some appear to be almost “invisible”.

Among the subjects we looked at that day was the wild animals various eating patterns and taste, typical wildlife scat indentification and what the snow tracks can tell us. Pretty cool to move around and see what has been going on in the animal world when no humans are around.

The wood grouse male sure know how to make a lot of mess in no time, both on the ground and up in the tree – busy playing for the girls. Unfortunately we missed the show here 😀

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We also visited a big wooden fox trap with a dead chicken in it to learn how the mechanism works, and a feeding place for wild animals and what to think of if you want to establish such a place.  There are many caring people out there wanting to help wild animals, especially in the winter, but if regulation is not considered and knowledge is not involved wildlife can get hurt instead of helped. This kind of help and information is just a phone away!

Now, I wish you all a Happy Easter & Happy skiing – see ya’ soon! 🙂