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February 2008. French twitching, early spring in Lithuania PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Long-tailed TitWith a mad twitch across the continent to see a Wallcreeper in France, a trip also notching up Shore Larks and Snow Buntings, and then an excellent month at my Labanoras feeders, culminating in a mega Pygmy Owl, the birding highlights of the month rather compensated for the weather - the latter a wholly drab affair with very little snow and temperatures rarely much below freezing! Mid-month estimates at the four feeding sites suggested a total of almost 1000 birds present on a daily basis, the bulk being very large numbers of Great Tits and Blue Tits, but alongside these, a male Grey-headed Woodpecker, four Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and an appearance of northern Long-tailed Tits. Black Woodpeckers and a Great Grey Shrike also put in regular appearances. Away from the feeders, also saw several White-tailed Eagles and a couple of Rough-legged Buzzards at Baltoji Voke, plus a very impressive 50 Steller's Eiders at Palanga and flocks of Whooper Swans at Rusne numbering 1280.

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