Baltic Butterfly Challenge, 2016
Written by Jos   

Woodland Brown




Deciding myself to the Lepitoptera of the Baltic States in 2016, it was a very productive year,  particularly Lithuania. Active throughout the butterfly season (March-October), I was fortunate indeed to encounter 109 species in total, this including 104 for Lithuania alone.





Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 April 2017 )
Azores, Lands of Priolo
Written by Jos   


Azores Bullfinch


This short trip to the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores was very much aimed at seeking out one of Europe's rarest breeding species, namely the Azores Bullfinch, Priolo in Portuguese. With a world population barely exceeding 150 pairs, all restricted to the fragmented laurel forests on the slopes of mountains at the eastern end of Sao Miguel, the bird is not only the island's only endemic bird species, but the least common of the meagre 13 species of passerines that breed on Sao Miguel.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 March 2016 )
Road Trip USA, Texas and New Mexico
Written by Jos   

  Greater Roadrunner



Travelling from December 2015 to January 2016 and traversing the vast state of Texas and its neighbouring New Mexico, this three-week epic covered over 7900 km and included some of the most iconic winter birding localities on the North American continent.







Plenty of adventure along the way, not least with temperatures hitting 29 C in the Big Bend of southern Texas, before then plummeting as I arrived in New Mexico simultaneously with Winter Storm Goliath, this resulting in raging blizzards, temperatures down to - 10 C, waist-depth snow and hundreds of miles of closed roads.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 March 2016 )
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