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April 2007. Lithuania, Belarus and Poland, good days in all. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

White storks back at Labanoras

With Red-breasted Geese in Lithuania on the first weekend and Azure Tits in Belarus on the second, April certainly kicked off in style! Add on that, no less than five White-backed Woodpeckers, returning Penduline Tits, a photographed Black Woodpecker and the White Storks  back to my house, then all the ingredients were there for a classic month of birding. In addition, in both the Vilnius and Labanoras gardens, Hawfinches were regular and Great and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers continued to visit the feeders. As the month progressed, the kettle just kept bubbling ... Lithuania's second breeding Mediterranean Gull, several Caspian Terns and incoming migrants, including Lesser Spotted Eagles and Black-necked Grebes. And, for the grand finale of the month, Collared Flycatchers in Poland. 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 June 2007 )
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March 2007. Baltic Spring, butterflies and ice... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

White-tailed Eagle

February was cold, March wasn't! The difference, in fact, was little short of spectaular - in the space of just five days, the temperature rose a massive 40 degrees from the low of minus 32 at the end of February to a very respectable plus eight in the first days of March. And that set the scene for the whole month, very mild throughout and lots of migrants - no spectacular rares, but new species almost every day. Cranes, Bitterns, White Storks, Black Storks, they all returned during the month, along with incoming passerines, oodles of waterfowl and, as well as White-tailed Eagles, a few Rough-legged Buzzards and Hen Harriers. Plus, just to end the month, days and days of sun, temperatures rising and plenty of butterflies!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 March 2007 )
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January 2007. Home and Away, Pure Quality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Spanish Sparrow 

A cracking start to the year. The month began in the sunshine of Morocco, a leisurely few days tagged onto the end the December trip to Western Sahara - oodles of waterbirds along the Atlantic coast, plus a fantastic array of other birds, including several Bonelli’s Eagles, a large flock of Bald Ibises and at least a half dozen Black-crowned Tchagras. Back in Lithuania, things were no less exciting - the feeding stations simply glittered with quality birds, amongst the hordes of Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammers and assorted tits, the undoubted star was a White-backed Woodpecker, though two Grey-headed Woodpeckers, a trio of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and a Hawfinch could not be sniffed at! A few Waxwings also put in an appearance.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 March 2007 )
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February 2007. A mega bevy of peckers! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Male at the feederPlunging temperatures, snow and bucketloads of birds at the feeders, all the classic ingredients of a fantastic winter month in Lithuania. Temperatures hit minus 20 early in the month and a chilling minus 32 later on - a surefire way to get bird numbers up! A mid-month census across the four feeding sites suggested almost 1250 birds present, but for sheer wow, little could beat the stunning male White-backed Woodpecker present throughout. Alongside this star, some of the month's other highlights included Grey-headed Woodpeckers increasing to four, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers doing likewise and the northern Long-tailed Tits reaching nine. Black Woodpeckers and a Goshawk also put in appearances and, no less impressive, Tree Sparrows finally decided the feeders in the new garden were worthy places to dine, even dragging in a House Sparrow on one occasion. Away from the feeders, I did very little birding elsewhere in the country - most of it is frozen and birdless - but I couldn't go without a short mention of the Steller's Eiders in Palanga, Smews in Klaipeda and White-tailed Eagles in Kaunas, all the result of a short trip westward.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 February 2009 )
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