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February 2010. Baltic to Balkan. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

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European Wild Cat, thousands of Red-breasted Geese, Bulgaria provided the best of February's highlights, but Lithuania also turned up a few trumps. My Labanoras feeders attracted both White-backed Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker, as well as a Great Grey Shrike and Pygmy Owl, both the latter hunting passerines at the feeding station. Elsewhere, Crested Tits and various finches continue to visit in the garden in Vilnius and, in the wilder countryside, the Pygmy Cormorant remained at Elektrenai and Shore Larks appeared by country roads.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 February 2010 )
January 2010. Snowfield Birding PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

White-throated SparrowWith King Eider, flocks of Harlequin Ducks and scoters galore, the first days of January were spent on the Massachusetts coast of the U.S.A, with additional days further south to add many raptors and delights such as Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and numerous passerines such as Fox Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows.

Back in Lithuania, with temperatures plunging to minus 30 C, birding focussed on the feeding stations, the highlights a White-backed Woodpecker and Grey-headed Woodpecker at Labanoras and two Crested Tits in the Vilnius garden. An unexpected mid-winter bonus, Lithuania's first-ever Pygmy Cormorant, initially found at Christmas, was also present much of the month, along with White-tailed Eagles and Kingfishers, all adding flavour to an excellent month.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 January 2010 )
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