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December 2010. Winter Assault. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   







Snow, ice and plunging temperatures. So started December, flocks of Waxwings, large flocks of winter thrushes, Great Tits invading the house, plus a few Smew and White-tailed Eagles lingering on.

As the month progressed, with no let up in the snow and cold, a Crested Tit and two Hawfinches joined the crowds at the feeders, I made a quick visit to the UK.











Last Updated ( Friday, 17 December 2010 )
November 2010. Feeder Days. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

 Pygmy Owl

Excellent month at Labanoras, the feeding station a buzz of action - Black Woodpeckers being attacked by a Sparrowhawk, a Pygmy Owl spooking the smaller birds, increasing numbers of White-backed Woodpeckers, plus two Grey-headed Woodpeckers, a female Goshawk and a male Hen Harrier nearby.

Elsewhere, Smew, Hen Harriers and Bewick's Swans , plus occasional flocks of Waxwings and an inland Pomarine Skua - all in all, quite a good month.


Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 March 2011 )
October 2010. Royal Flush all round. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

 White-backed Woodpecker

A most peculiar start to the month, warm enough to bring a late flush of butterflies, including several Wall Browns, my 78th species of the year in Lithuania, yet also distinctively autumnal with movements of passerines and a woodpecker bonanza at my feeding station, all the specialities back nice and early - White-backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker amongst the cast, also late Cranes passing over.

By mid-month however, with Hen Harriers, Bewick's Swans and Smews, plus a flurry of snow, there was no doubting, the winter was on its way!



Last Updated ( Monday, 01 November 2010 )
August 2010. Back to Birding. PDF Print E-mail
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After a month and more of glorious butterfly action, it was back to the birds. With hints of autumn migration underway, August began on a high with two Great Snipes flushed from wet meadows. With Hoopoes and Wryneck also on the menu, and a trickle of warblers through the garden, it was a welcome return to avian delights.





Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 August 2010 )
July 2010. A scorcher. PDF Print E-mail
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Cranberry Blue

Top temperatures and the annual butterfly fest. Clouds of butterflies everywhere, July 2010 breaking all records.

Highlights of the month, my first Geranium Argus and White-letter Hairstreaks in Lithuania, my first ever Ilex Hairstreak anywhere, my first Lesser Purple Emperors since 2006, plus my first Yellow-legged and Large Tortoiseshells for a couple of years. Add Camberwell Beauties, SwallowtailsScarce Large Blues, Cranberry Blue, Knapweed Fritillaries and Niobe Fritillary, all species that are often elusive, and it really was a fantastic month! 

For all the highlights however, the peak was undeniably on the 17th - a remarkable 50 speces of butterfly in a single day. Little time for watching birds, but the unexpected find of breeding Bee-eaters was most welcome.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 July 2010 )
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