May 2012. Spring Fresh.
Written by Jos   

 White Stork

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Golden Orioles and Lesser Spotted Eagles, Camberwell Beauties, Swallowtails and Short-tailed Blues, the delights of early May in Lithuania.

Next came a short break to sunny Mallorca, Balearic Warblers and Eleonora's Falcons heading the starcast list.

And then it was back to Lithuania, Red-backed Shrikes and Icterine Warblers arriving at Labanoras, a flush of butterflies including Green Hairstreaks and Dingy Skippers, plus yet more Swallowtails and Camberwell Beauties.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 June 2012 )
Hornborga & Owls, 2012
Written by Jos   

Northern Hawk OwlSweden is a very nice country, full of civilised people and very nice landscapes. It also has some very good birding possibilities, one of the many highlights being the spring gatherings of Common Cranes at Lake Hornborga. As the numbers climbed over recent years, so too had my interest in witnessing the spectacle, the 2010 bonanza of 18,000 birds just mouth-watering to the extreme. So, when fancying a little weekend away in spring 2012, my thoughts turned to putting this into action, the idea becoming all the more tempting by an unprecedented influx of Great Grey Owls into southern Sweden over the preceding month and the minor issue that I managed to find an air ticket from my base in Lithuania for less than the price of a medium-sized pizza!

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 January 2013 )
April 2012. Crane dance, finch fest.
Written by Jos   



Cold start to the month, hot end. Highlights of the first half included flocks of obliging Hawfinches and Bramblings in the garden and an excellent mini trip to Sweden, the rewards being 20,000 Cranes at Hornborga and in the forests to the north, Hawk, Pygmy and Great Grey Owls. With temperatures reaching 28 C late in the month, the expected glut of birds included a flock of 1400 Little Gulls, a couple of Marsh Sandpipers, two inland Avocets, a Citrine Wagtail and plenty of common migrants.



Last Updated ( Sunday, 29 April 2012 )
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