February 2009. Three-toed Bonanza!
Written by Jos   

Three-toed Woodpecker

In a month that traditionally sees few birds, February proved be an excellent month - primarily with fantastic action at my Labanoras feeding station.

The feeders really hit the jackpot - not only did the female White-backed Woodpecker and a Grey-headed Woodpeckers visit throughout the month, but a fabulous Three-toed Woodpecker appeared on the 7th, my first ever in Lithuania and the eighth species of woodpecker on my land (seven during February!). Other highlights during the month included a search to see Bisons in Poland, various night escapades to search for owls and the chance finding of another Three-toed Woodpecker, this time a female in the north of the country. 


Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2009 )
January 2009. A Cracking New Year!
Written by Jos   

Pine Grosbeak

The year just hours old, a Raccoon Dog scampered across the road. Dawn had just broken, a Middle Spotted Woodpecker appeared in a tree. While most the world still slept off celebrations, mine were just beginning - primarily with a flock of Pine Grosbeaks, a major rarity in the Baltic States. In a New Year excursion, taking in Latvia and Estonia and adding Hazel Grouse, over 800 Steller's Eiders, several White-tailed Eagles and rafts of seaduck that numbered in their thousands, it was already looking to be an excellent year in the making.

Later, White-backed Woodpecker on my feeders, a trip across to Sweden for Europe's eighth ever Yellow-browed Bunting, plus Oriental Turtle Dove and Hawk Owl, the month just got better and better!


Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 July 2010 )
Oman & United Arab Emirates. Introduction.
Written by Jos   

Little Green Bee-eater


A trip of contrasts. Chalk and cheese, eighteen days from 12-29 December 2008, four in the United Arab Emirates, the remainder in Oman. Throughout, amazing birds and stunning desert backdrops. Crab Plover, Grey Hypocolius, Yemen Serin, Socotra Cormorant, names that just conjure up the magic of this little travelled corner of Arabia. In a trip that exceeded my expectations, 5960 km of travel left me in awe of the birds seen in such abundance - tens of thousands of waders on the vast Barr Al Hickman tidal flats, Arabian specials in Dhofar, Desert Warblers and sandgrouse in the remote desert oasis, plenty more in the northern mountains.


Last Updated ( Friday, 10 April 2009 )
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