Migratory Birds Turn Back to the South Because of the Cold Weather in Finland

A fieldfare is a common migratory bird that likes to move to the south during the winter. Picture: Seppo Sirkka for Finland Today

The sun is reflecting off the marble walls of the Finlandia Hall on Wednesday morning in Helsinki, but a flock of small birds above the roof seem to speed up their wings. It’s about three degrees Celsius in the sun, but not enough for the migratory birds.

According to the birdwatchers, the cold, northerly wind is pushing the birds, mostly thrushes, to turn their beaks and wing to the south. “Especially the first migratory birds of the spring tend to fly zigzag if the weather is bad,” said Teemu Lehtiniemi, the head of conservation and science at Birdlife Finland.

The northerly current, which blows as a headwind, causes much strain to the smaller birds, who like to save energy. In a hard headwind, according to Lehtiniemi, the birds may fly two strokes forward and one stroke back.

The migratory birds may have to wait until the first of May when the weather forecast has promised temperatures that could climb above 10 degrees Celsius in the southern parts of the country.

The rumor has it that the people are waiting for that, too.