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Baltic Mammal Challenge, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Moose

 

 

 

In lands inhabited by elusive critters such as European Lynx, Brown Bear and Flying Squirrel, I decided to dedicate 2015 to an attempt on a 'Big Year' in the three Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), the target being to see somewhere near 50 species of mammals by the year's end, a total I thought would be almost impossible.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 March 2016 )
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Baltic Mammal Challenge, January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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 Roe Deer

 

 

 

Month one of the challenge, the country under a layer of snow, juicy critters to start things off - Pine Marten, Stone Marten and Otter on my land at Labanoras; tracks of Moose, Lynx and Wolf for added effect

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 )
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Baltic Mammal Challenge, February 2015. PDF Print E-mail
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Grey Seal

 

 

 

Month two of the challenge, European Bison appear on the list, so too odds and ends such as Red Squirrel, European Beaver, Brown Hare and Wild Boar. Top additions however, both courtesy of a trip to Estonia, the duo Grey Seal and Ringed Seal.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 April 2015 )
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Baltic Mammal Challenge, March 2015. PDF Print E-mail
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A bit of a duff month from the mammal challenge angle, not least due to the fact that I was in Japan for half the period (itself producing a selection of mammals including Sea Otter, Pilot Whale and Sika Deer) and the weather was far from amazing for much of the rest.

 

Daubentons Bat

 

Of the highlights whilst in Lithuania, a return to bat haunts allowed more views of Daubenton’s, Pond and Brant’s Bats. Rather less successful, several trips into the forests south of Vilnius yet again predictably failed to result in sighting of Wolf or Lynx, or Mountain Hare for that matter. Also not very successful, a number of sessions trying to catch small mammals resulted only in several Bank Voles and Yellow-necked Mice. That said, I did not actually do that much trapping as rather wet conditions prevailed, hardly conducive to trapping.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 May 2015 )
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Baltic Mammal Challenge, April 2015. PDF Print E-mail
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Daubentons Bat

 

 

 

 

Start of spring, hesitant temperatures clambering up to the high teens by middle month, Polecat, Moose and assorted bats to celebrate, including Daubenton'sNatterer's & Northern Bats.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 )
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