I had settled in Sulaoja, the entrance of the Kevo trail. This is quite a renowned path that winds its way along a canyon, but the status of the area, a “strict nature reserve”, comes with some limitations. One is not allowed to leave paths when they are visible (i.e. when snow doesn’t cover them), and in spring, until mid-June, the canyon is completely close to preserve the nature.
I had no ambition to walk the Kevo trail (that’s 65 km in complete autonomy oO), but because it was closed when I visited, the car park, and as a consequence my camp site, would be rather quiet. I liked the idea.
In the grove that bordered the car park ran a deep stream. The water was incredibly transparent; I discovered the day after that it came from the largest spring in Finland. Water originally flows as a river, from which it seeps under ground, where it’s filtered, and then it comes up, cold and clear. There’s a nature path circling the area, with explanatory signs. They are only in Finnish and Sami, but I understood the most important words: largest spring in Finland. That’s a start, I guess.
The water and the trees attracted lots of birds. I already mentioned the Common snipes (Gallinago gallinago) in my previous article: they kept displaying all day long, flying wide arcs accross the sky. Closer to me, a pair (and maybe two) of Wood sandpipers (Tringa glareola) fed in the vegetation that lined the river. They were not very shy and came close-by.
My greatest find was a group of Western yellow wagtails (Motacilla flava) of subspecies thundbergi. If you remember, I mentioned this bird when I was in Hungary last Spring. I said I would look for it in Lapland, and there it was. I think there were at least 5 or 6 different individuals, but they never used the perches I wanted them to use. Instead, they offered me cluttered backgrounds and distant views. I was happy anyway.
I said the wagtail was my greatest find… that was true until I realized there were Bluethroats (Luscinia svecica) singing in the woods. Then, both species harshly competed for my attention!
I stayed in Sulaoja 2 “nights”, a necessary time to rest before continuing on my trip.
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