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Old Thursday 13th June 2019, 17:08   #26
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My diary runs badly overdue. (So much out there now)


Ruff and Jay were both just in my neighborhood and really daring. Normally Jays avoid to come close, but this was just a 5 meters away.

This Magic Moment happened one morning in my local marina on the way to work:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIO8...&index=11&t=0s

White Wagtail and Osprey were on Valkmusa, Pyhtaa (One of the best swamps in Southern Finland). Also I heard there Black-tailed Godwit and saw some Black Grouse lek.

Pied Avocet was Finish tick for me. It spend several days in Oivonoja, Kouvola.
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Old Sunday 16th June 2019, 15:23   #27
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On 15th May I was cycling to work with "landscape route" and got six new eco-year-ticks, like these Arctic Terns and Wood Sandpipers. As you can see from that thin crust of ice, the night wasn't warm...

At Sunday 19th May was again time to Race. In Virolahti, Arctic Days are held every May when the Arctic waterfowl flocks migrate to the northern breeding areas along the Gulf of Finland. The event will include a 12-hour Arctic rally and our team has participated in it every year. This year there was only seven teams in (maybe the Sunday isn't such a good day for a race) and we came fourth place with 121 species. First and second team scored 132 species and the number of aces solved the winner. (Ace = species that only one team got)
Third pic is our team (I'm of course behind camera )

Painted Ladyes are massive migration this spring and early summer. I don't remember I'd ever seen them in such quantities.

I visited in Virolahti again May 23rd and photoing this just ringed Greenish Warbler. May mornings can be quite magical in Virolahti also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAQG...z1FNoa&index=9
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Old Sunday 16th June 2019, 15:34   #28
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Well done, maybe you'll win next year! I thought your team member standing on the track had an enormous telescope when I first looked at the photo (see what I mean?).

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Old Sunday 16th June 2019, 17:49   #29
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Yes, if you look fast (or your phone) it may look so.
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Old Tuesday 18th June 2019, 15:27   #30
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25th May

Traditionally our Birding Club has organized boat trip to Ulko-Tammio, which is one of the islands of National Park of Eastern Gulf of Finland. Every year we have done this trip on last Saturday of May.
This year's trip was very foggy and on the way back we got some rain on our neck. Although the weather didn't really favor us, the journey was once again fun and rewarding.
It seems that every year is little bit different. At this year we saw biggest flocks of Black and Velvet Scoters than ever - there was thousands of them swimming and resting. Also there was plenty of Brent and Barnacle Geese and Black-throated Divers and we got quite close view of them. Geese and Divers flew between water surface. Some of the Divers we surprised from swimming (like the bird on photo). Also Arctic Skuas we saw more than usually. - All this we can give thanks to fog.
The downside was that there wasn't much sense to scope to the sea from the shores of the island. Otherwise the island of Ulko-Tammio is a fantastic place with varied habitats: groves, dry pine forest, cliffs, and even a small sheltered sea bay with reeds. This year we saw - or heard - 3 Red-breasted Flycatcher and 5 Greenish Warblers plus many other nice birds.
Even I said that there wasn't much sense to scope to the sea, I got my trips only year tick in that way: Dunlin was on a small islet near shore.
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Old Tuesday 18th June 2019, 15:46   #31
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An overview of my year tick situation at the end of May.

Year ticks: 185 (last year: 193) - So not looking good...
Eco ticks: 120 (last year: 134) - Even more worst...
Garden ticks: 57 (last year: 61) -
Mammal ticks: 15 (last year: 10) - This look's little bit better.
Reptile and Amphibians: 5 (last year: 3) - And this.

But I don't sink in despair. There is still more than half of the year left.
And my last tick for May was quite nice - After many years dipping: Marsh Sandpiper, which is why I went out of work. However, twiching it didn't last more than an hour, after which I was more refreshed at work.
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Helsinki - 7th June

On that day I had a work gig in Helsinki and I planned to do some birding in Viikki/Vanhankaupunginlahti while I was there. In Arabianranta had been fair weekdays a Bar-headed Goose, which was lifer to me. Some kind of lifer anyway, because in Finland it's on category D. Even, in Kemijarvi (2008) had one successful breeding and one possible in Kainuu (2006). Before I found BhG I found these fearless Canadians (Photo 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0qw...ature=youtu.be

After twitching that beautiful Goose I walked to Viikki's Lammassaari and tried to look out the Long-eared Owl and Golden Oriole, which had been seen there earlier in the morning - without success. But it's always pleasure to go Viikki. I manage to take short videos this Barn Swallow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmBH...ature=youtu.be and this very showy Sedge Warbler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhTI...ature=youtu.be

Hoodie (Photo 4) thought that Bird tower means that the tower belongs to birds.

When I left from Viikki, I had information that there is Booted Warbler in Malmi, Helsinki. I didn't have it on my lifelist - but now I have. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3Uo...ature=youtu.be (It's little bit frusrating when cobirder fire up with camera and you try to record birds sound BW didn't show up so well for another time, so that's my only video for it)
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Eco rally - 8th June

On 8th June was again time to race. This time with bike and alone. Rally time was 8 hours and I started at 03.15 am and stopped 11.15 am. I cycled a little over 62 km in Kotka and Pyhtaa counties and I get 82 species. With that score I came fourth place (from 4 competitors ), witch begin to come very familiar place to me (or my team).
Other competitors get 111 sp. (winner), 104 and 102. So I really sucked...
I can only say that I cycled too much on woods, when I should scoped more on shores. Good thing is that there is always next competition...

Weather was nicely sunny and the morning hours were pure enjoy, when birds were singing and species get coming: Corn Crake, Green Sandpiper, Wood Lark, Tree Pipit, Little Gull, Great Reed Warbler and Marsh Warbler were new eco ticks for me for this year. However, the best bird of the day was Lesser Gray Shrike, which I saw 15 minutes before the end of the rally. OK, it was a twitch, but nice rally species still. This was my second LGS ever and it was exactly same place than my first one on 6th July 2016 - Hovinsaari, Kotka.

In addition to the LGS, Roe Deer was photographed during the rally, and few days later I photoed Meadow Pipit and Spotted Redshanks (which are already on autumn migration) - both of course in Hovinsaari.
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Hey Wari, is the Red headed Bunting too far for a bike twitch for you?
Good luck if you get pedalling over there!
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Red-headed was near Turku, so way too far away for biking trip. I didn't go even with car. Which I'm gonna be sorry someday for sure. (I wait it coming closer some day... )
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Nice to read some stuff from another biking birder

I do not drive but do have half a dozen to choose from including electric conversions. My tallies would not match yours around where i live but i do take one of our folding Bromptons abroad from time to time

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