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2020, Coronavirus Diary
Birding in the Era of Coronavirus, an East European View PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   


Labanoras birding





Fully expecting a lockdown and severe restrictions of movement, and thus birding, I have decided to document the evolution of the Coronavirus outbreak from the perspective of a single birder living in Lithuania, eastern Europe.






2020 had started in pretty stylish manner, an excellent trip to New Zealand continuing into New Year and a short trip to Israel in mid-February. However, clouds were already developing - even as I passed through Shanghai on route back from New Zealand on 11 January, media reports were growing by the day of a new Coronaviras spreading rapidly in Wuhan, a city I had never even heard of. Fast forward to the Israel trip, talk was of an impending pandemic, Israeli border officials were none too impressed with the Chinese entry stamps in my passport. Still, at that stage, it did seem a localized disease, hitting Asia badly, but leaving Europe largely unscathed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2020 )
Birding in the Era of Coronoviras, STAGE ONE, March 2020.. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   






The early stages of the infection in Lithuania saw first restrictions on day-to-day life, it was time for difficult decisions. Inevitably, it seemed, Lithuania was following the path of other nations in Europe, perhaps three weeks behind, but heading for bad times nevertheless. As cases appeared, at least there was a silver lining to the month of March - it is the beginning of the spring migration season, birds arriving back in the country in growing numbers, plus early season butterflies take to the wing. 


Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 March 2020 )