Florida, winter 2013-14
Written by Jos   

 Burrowing Owl


Covering all the classic sites in southern Florida, this tour covered a total of about 4030 km all in the comfort of a rental car and staying in a range of accommodations from camping in the Everglades and Lake Kissimmee to a rather luxurious hotel on Fort Meyers Beach. Weather throughout was basically excellent, hovering mostly around 28-30 C (80-85 F) and sunny most of the time. One day only was marred by light rain, with a second seeing mist and rain at dawn, later to clear to another bright sunny day.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 February 2014 )
Going Double. January-February 2014
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Three-toed Woodpecker


After a day in Miami, 2014 truly kicked off in the traditional style of deep-winter Lithuania, temperatures falling to minus 23 C. Top birding in the period centred around my feeding stations, top glory going to the double-billing of TWO Three-toed Woodpeckers, and to the birds attracted to the River Nemunas in Kaunas, virtually the only water to remain ice-free in the country. Amongst the haul at this location, an immature Glaucous Gull, a couple of Barnacle Geese and flocks of up to 8000 Goldeneyes and over 30 Smew.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 March 2014 )
December 2013. Snowbirding.
Written by Jos   

Snows of Labanoras






Snowbirds. Residing in the northern parts of the U.S. and Canada, this uniquely American non-feathered species is actually a derivative of Homo sapiens that has adapted to the rigours of the cold climes of the north. Come the season of snow and chill, undertaking a migration rivalling the more familiar Snow Geese, leagues of these folk flee to the south, settling in the balmy delights of Florida and the like for the winter's duration.


And so it will be for me, half a month enduring the snow of Lithuania, then aboard a jumbo jet to see the year out in sunny Florida, on the trail of the Snowbirds in the land of the Everglades and Merritt Island.


Last Updated ( Friday, 07 February 2014 )
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