Sunday, 18 May 2014

Finland, Day One

Female Great Grey Owl on nest
Having a look for owls and other specialities in Finland over the next week. Only three hours sleep last night so knackered!
Seen Tengmalm's, Short-eared and Great Grey Owl so far.
In a great back drop of pine forests, wader and bird filled farmland and bays. Cranes calling from the forests, lekking Ruff, lekking Black Grouse, drumming Snipe, singing Wood Sandpipers, trips of migrating Dotterel, singing Ortolans, Grey-headed Wagtails, Tree Pipits, Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Whinchats, Redwings and Red-necked Grebes, Goldeneyes and Whooper Swans in the bays.
Spring just unfolding here- Coltfoot is just coming out (so about six weeks behind back home), Willow catkins just emerging and still no leaves on the Silver Birches.

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