Recently Brigitte and I headed out to the eastern end of the Metro to explore the suburb of Vuosaari and the Uutela nature area. Vuosaari has a lot of new developments, and we were impressed by the spacious feel of the area – although admittedly we were probably in the nicest part (Aurinkolähti; between the Metro station and the seashore).
Uutela was a treat, especially for bird-watching, with lots of different habitat types present in a small area. I was really pleased to spot a Wood Warbler displaying (it has a great song) and finally figured out one of the bird song mysteries that had been bothering me the whole season (turns out that is was a Redwing Thrush). It was fun seeing a female Goosander swimming along with seven chicks – the chicks would climb up on her back to hitch a ride.
From Uutela we could look onto the Vuosaari harbour which, since 2008, has been the cargo harbour for Helsinki.
Unfortunately some rain cut our trip short, but I look foward to visiting the area again. Many thanks to Minna for suggesting Uutela. You can see some more photos of the Uutela trail on the mostly Walking blog too.