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Latvia and Lithuania mid October (1 Viewer)

Arbu

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I'm flying to Vilnius on 17th Oct, then taking a tourist bus to Riga on 20th Oct, not yet decided when I'll fly home.

Birding will probably be secondary but I see from ebird that Pygmy Owl and Middle-spotted Woodpecker have both been seen recently in Belmontas at Vilnius, so I'll probably go and look for them. Otherwise, I guess it's probably not the best time of year, but some migration may still be going on. If anyone would like to meet up in either country for some birding then please get in touch. It might be interesting to head out to the coast from Riga. Also, any birding suggestions for either country would be welcome.
 

Jos Stratford

Beast from the East
Pygmy Owl would require considerable luck in Belmontas, and in general Belmontas is quite a touristy place, where city folk go for a wander or to eat at the extensive restaurants, and not particularly remarkable for birds. Middle Spotted Woodpecker can be seen, though I would say the woodland around Verkių rūmai in the north of the city is better than Belmontas, can occasionally also see Black Woodpecker, etc, here too. Can easily get to Verkiu rumai by city bus.

Still a lot of migration happening in middle of October, especially on the coast when it can be absolutely amazing for passerine movements, especially at sites such as Ventes Ragas, etc.

Get back to me a few days before your trip and I can update you a little on what's around.
 

Arbu

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Pygmy Owl would require considerable luck in Belmontas, and in general Belmontas is quite a touristy place, where city folk go for a wander or to eat at the extensive restaurants, and not particularly remarkable for birds. Middle Spotted Woodpecker can be seen, though I would say the woodland around Verkių rūmai in the north of the city is better than Belmontas, can occasionally also see Black Woodpecker, etc, here too. Can easily get to Verkiu rumai by city bus.

Still a lot of migration happening in middle of October, especially on the coast when it can be absolutely amazing for passerine movements, especially at sites such as Ventes Ragas, etc.

Get back to me a few days before your trip and I can update you a little on what's around.

Thanks Jos. I think I'll hire a bicycle in Vilnius and then I can easily explore all that forested area to the north-east. Ventes Ragas is a bit out of my way, but the Latvian coast is more doable. Anyway I'll be in touch nearer the time.
 

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