March 2013. Spring, mega minus in Lithuania & Norway.
Written by Jos   

 Bank Vole




Temperatures far below zero throughout the month, but some good times regardless, starting with Raccoon Dogs out from hibernation in Lithuania, plus woodpeckers drumming, and a super expedition to find Musk Ox in Norway.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 March 2013 )
The Coming of Owls
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Spotted Eagle Owl

As winter gradually edges towards its end, so arrives the time of owls ... the best chances of the year to search out the various species that lurk in the vast forests of Lithuania. By March, Long-eared Owls and Tawny Owl should be in voice, Tengmalm's Owls also at their localities. Perhaps too a Pygmy Owl on my land or elsewhere, a trip to the north adding the possibility of Ural Owl.

To celebrate the season, a short photo montage of owls that I have photographed in recent years, a flit across the globe to dip into a selection from localities far and wide.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 March 2013 )
January 2013. Feast of Mammals & Woodpeckers.
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Coal Tit


A month of rapidly cooling temperatures, nights dropping to minus 20. And with the sub-zero, an impressive collection of birds at my feeders, not least a Hazel Grouse and a grand total of seven species of woodpecker, including Three-toed Woodpecker and five White-backed Woodpeckers.

Equally impressive have been the mammals - highlights including a Polecat in the first week, both Stone and Pine Martens on a nightly basis and one Beaver active despite the snow and ice. Also a Yellow-necked Mouse on my feeders.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 January 2013 )
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