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Big cats, white owls, sunny tropics. December 2014. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

European Lynx, Snowy Owl and a bunch of goodies at the Labanoras feeders, White-backed and Grey-headed Woodpeckers amongst them, not a bad way to begin December! And from there, off to Thailand for near on a month of birding travels. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 January 2015 )
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Ringing the Month. November 2014. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

White-backed Woodpecker

 

Nutcrackers teasing, woodpeckers at the feeders. Summer long gone, fields and meadows near devoid of birds, it is the start of my winter ringing season at the feeders ... quite a good start - White-backed and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers amongst the initial haul, Nutcrackers and Black Woodpeckers in the immediate neighbourhood.

Elsewhere, Black-throated Divers and seaducks the best of the rest.

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 December 2014 )
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Flavour of Raptors. September 2014. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Red-footed Falcon

 

 

 

Red-footed Falcons, migrating White-tailed Eagles, Lesser Spotted Eagles overhead, all part of the impressive mix of raptors marking the first few days of September on my Labanoras plot. And then, upping the ante, a little excursion to Georgia in mid-September adding Pallid Harrier, Levant Sparrowhawk and Honey Buzzard to the mix.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 November 2014 )
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Turn of the Seasons. August 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Summer out, autumn in, the traditional turn of the seasons in 2014 was marked by an exceptionally hot start (36 C) and pretty good weather throughout. With exodus of White Storks, a drift of raptors and a return of Nutcrackers to my hazel groves, the bird action was on par with the expected, though the appearance of Red-footed Falcon, Turtle Dove and Moorhen on my plot (the last two both first-ever recorded on my land) were particularly welcome.

Also managed a short trip to the islands off Estonia, primarliy a quest for mammals, Ringed Seal, Moose, Pine Marten and Racoon Dog amongst the haul.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 September 2014 )
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Spring Days, Lithuania. May-June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

 Lapwing chick

 

Lesser Spotted Eagles, Ospreys, Red-backed Shrikes, Wrynecks, Corncrakes, the days of spring in Lithuania. Traditionally amongst the most pleasant months in the Baltic States, May and June were marked by migrants, breeders and occasional surprises ...not least an inland Arctic Skua over Labanoras and a White Pelican at Arnionys. Also abundant butterflies, including Poplar Admirals and Purple Emperors.

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 June 2014 )
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