|Twinflower (Linnea borealis) named after Carl von Linne, otherwise|
known as Linnaeus 'the father of modern taxonomy'
|Alpine Milk-vetch (Astragalus alpinus) - another plant of scree slopes in Scotland, here it grows|
on road verges or stony track sides it seems
I arrived in Parikkala then walked to along the road to Siikalahti for a short visit. Just past the junction of the road to Joensuu I saw and heard another three Blyth's Reed Warblers, one showing very well on a roadside hedge and two males singing away from dense shrubs in two gardens, one on either side of the road. After about 300 metres I heard no more, but the verges were packed with wild flowers. I heard the odd Willow Tit singing plus Yellowhammers and further on a Whinchat singing.
|Sticky Catchfly (Silene viscosa) named so because the plant produces a sticky secretion at the top of the stem,|
because of this the stem tops are often covered in small flies that have become glued to the plant
|Zig-zag Clover (Trifolium medium)|
The reserve was almost empty (as it was a lot of the time last year), a Wood Warbler sang from the birches near the entrance. I stopped by the visitor hut and made a cup of Coffee, even more mozies came out and greeted me here, the area being made up of extensive marsh and reed beds. I left my ruck-sack under the hut and went for a wander along the board walk around the reserve, an Osprey and a pair of Marsh Harriers hunted over the main lake, sharing different flight paths, the Osprey being the one for heights. I could hear a Golden Oriole singing some way off from some Poplars as I climbed up to the Tower Hide. In the distance I could make out Whooper Swans with young and a noisy Red-necked Grebe (when I first heard this at night last year in a half sleep state, I thought 'when is that bloody weird sounding donkey going to shut up!' Of course it dawned on me they were grebes some time later). Further up it was the din of nesting Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns, I could just make out a Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank amongst the cacophony.
|Cowbane (Cicuta virosa) one of the most poisonous plants known to man|
|A Clubmoss, (Lycopodium sp)|
|Alpine Bistort (Polygonum viviparum)|
|Blue Fleabane (Erigeron acer)|
|Wood Cow-wheat (Melampyrum nemorosum)|
The next day I was up bright and early, actually a bit late for me, I went off to record that noisy Icterine Warbler by the big house near Tölöviken. This I did, he was quite tame at times and his song, although hesitant was full of mimicry of other species with a slightly 'Punch and Judy' like quality. I then decided to head to the west side and had a nice walk along a harbour area and up to a beach near Lapinlahti, then got caught in a massive shower then found myself in the grounds of some kind of college or hall looking at Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. A group of students were carrying out some kind of mock battle re-enactment under some trees.
|Caspian Tern doing the circuit|