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December 2013. Snowbirding. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Snows of Labanoras






Snowbirds. Residing in the northern parts of the U.S. and Canada, this uniquely American non-feathered species is actually a derivative of Homo sapiens that has adapted to the rigours of the cold climes of the north. Come the season of snow and chill, undertaking a migration rivalling the more familiar Snow Geese, leagues of these folk flee to the south, settling in the balmy delights of Florida and the like for the winter's duration.


And so it will be for me, half a month enduring the snow of Lithuania, then aboard a jumbo jet to see the year out in sunny Florida, on the trail of the Snowbirds in the land of the Everglades and Merritt Island.


Last Updated ( Friday, 07 February 2014 )
November 2013. Feeder Stats. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   




Feeding, ringing and watching, a good late-autumn month at Labanoras. Plenty of birds caught for ringing, a full seven species of woodpecker populating my woodland and, highlight of the first week, a Rough-legged Buzzard pausing in the meadows for a while. Also Red Squirrel on the feeders an, rare in Lithuania, a Black Rat.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 December 2013 )
October 2013. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Three-toed Woodpecker




Top news, one Parrot Crossbill at Labanoras and the return of Three-toed Woodpecker to my Labanoras plot, faithfully back for his third winter on the trot, super. Add to that a few days in western Ireland and Great Britian, Choughs, Storm Petrels and Yellow-browed Warbler amongst the modest returns, and October trickled by in fine fettle.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 November 2013 )
September 2013. Change of Days. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

 Common Lizard


Season on the change - a cocktail of departing migrants, butterflies still on the wing and summer left-overs, Common Lizards sunning, Grass Snakes slithering. Amongst the Labanoras birds, White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagles,  Corncrake and surprises in the form of Water Rail and Eurasian Wigeon.

Also plenty of mammals active -  Wild Boars galore, Raccoon Dogs, Red Foxes and Badgers also plentiful


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 October 2013 )
June 2013. Summer Smalls. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Common Frog 


Off on travels across America at the end of the month, but in the meantime Lithuania basked in a mini-heatwave, daily highs approaching 30 C, plenty of sudden violent thunderstorms and the annual bonanza of breeding birds livening up the countryside.

Butterflies, frogs and small mammals too, all in all a good period on the home ground.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 September 2013 )
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