Part of the job is to diligently translate names of species, of which there is over 100 in the Kola region. Soon I hope to be qualified to assist bird watchers as an interpreter.
Our ornitology friends are still at work developing the birding idea. Now they are busy putting together tours for birdwatchers, checking out the best observation points, mostly within protected territories and natural monuments of the Kola Peninsula. As they progress we’ll report on promising places to watch birds and on species you are likely to meet there.
The first one of these places is quite close to the city and is easily accessible any time.
See www.kharlovka.com for a complete list, with detailed descriptions.
On the insistence of friends and associates who think that Kandalaksha’s saving grace is in developing birdwatching tourism I’m making a series of posts on local winter birds.
First comes.. Let it be Greenfinch (Chloris chloris or Carduelis chloris). While not edible – its edibility is mentioned solely to annoy the aforementioned friends and colleagues – it is said to sing pleasantly. Also the male, when overcome by lower instincts, is supposed to make flying feats. Greenfinches stays here for the winter and are often seen at feeding tables.
There is a hut at the very top of the Volosyanaya mountain top just east from Kandalaksha. Free to use. Equipped with a wood stove. A good place for resting, meditation, or bird watching.