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Labanoras Bird List.
Written by Jos   

NutcrackerWith a mix of habitats, from flood forest to flower meadows, coupled with a location between major lake systems, my 35 hectares have proved exceptionally productive in the years since autumn 2004, surprises turning up season after season. Amongst the highlights, Rollers, Cranes, both storks, Pygmy Owl, Quail and Corncrake, plus eight species of woodpecker and 17 species of raptors, including White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagles. In addition, quite a number of birds rare in Lithuania have been recorded - as much a testimony to the amount of time spent at the site as to the locality itself. These include Short-toed Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Bee-eater, Yellow-browed Warbler, Arctic Redpoll and a Pine Bunting.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2019 )
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April 2009. Lithuanian Floodgates, Latvian Mega.
Written by Jos   

White Stork

 

After a long cold March, April arrived with a punch - sun and birds galore. Highlights included numerous migrants, butterflies back on the wing and a few bonuses to boot - not least a Ferruginous Duck and both Brent and Barnacle Geese. Award for find of the month, however, goes to a Pine Bunting, a potential first for the country if accepted by the national rarity committee! Doing its best to over-shadow this though, Europe's first-ever Slaty-backed Gull reappeared mid-month, allowing me to finally catch up with this mega bird.

 

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 May 2009 )
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Oman & United Arab Emirates. Northbound.
Written by Jos   

White-tailed Plover

 

The manic second half of my trip to Oman and the U.A.E., journeying from Dhofar back to the superb Barr Al Hikman, this time finding the Great Knots, before travelling to the Al Hajar mountains and onward to the fantastic Musandam enclave. After Eversmann's Redstarts, Trumpeter Finches and loads of wheatears, I then returned to the U.A.E. for a few days in the Dubai area, an amazing finale with flocks of 47 Cream-coloured Coursers and 52 White-tailed Plovers, along with a Grey Hypocolius, a vagrant Brown Shrike and a Red-tailed Bluetail, the latter a first for the Arabian Peninsula!

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2009 )
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