So, we were sitting eating breakfast on the deck this morning and who should wobble over the field...
Awww... cute or what!
They were headed over to the pond but encountered the sheep fence on the way which the little ones could not negotiate. They eventually found a place where the sheep had flattened the fence (they often jump up to reach willow leaves and land on the fence on their way down) and ambled over it into the stream. They didn't like the look of the pond so wandered along the stream into the reed beds on the lake shore where I lost sight of them (but could still hear them).
These are Whooper swans. The national bird of Finland that appears on the Finnish 1€ coin. It is quite unusual for them to nest this far south, though we spotted a pair briefly a couple of years ago who decided not to hang around in the area. They prefer quiet lakes: ours in not particularly quiet since it is surrounded by farms, summer cabins and Finland's largest plant nursery! In fact, we feel quite honoured that they chose our spot to make their home. The young won't be flying anywhere for a few more weeks, so I'm sure we'll be seeing more of them over the summer.