6. kesäkuuta 2016

Reijon ja Raimon tarina 6.6.16 (in Finnish)

Ihan ensi töikseni pahoittelen kaikkia ikäviä ja raskaita kirjoitusvirheitä. Koitappa elää sen kanssa :)
Toisekseen pitää vielä sanoa, että tässä tekstissä ehkä alennuin kuvailemieni herrojen tasolle. Pahoittelen kielenkäyttöäni.


Näet harvinaisen linnun, mun mielestä se on aika hienoa. Jos joku tuttu tai kaveri näkee harvinaisen linnun, niin lähetän hänelle viestin, että onnittelut, komea havainto! Eikö sen näin pitäisi mennä.
Sitten toivotaan kimpassa, että ainut taho jolla on syytä haastaa tai miettiä havainnon todenperäisyyttä, eli RariteettiKomitea (RK) olisi samaa mieltä havainnon tekijän kanssa. Joskus näin ei ole ja kaikille harvinaisen linnun nähneille on varmasti käynyt niin, että RK ilmoittaa havainnon olevan puutteellinen, väärä, ei riittävästi dokumentoitu tai jotain tämän tyylistä. Itse olen saanut sekä puoltavia, että ei puoltavia vastauksia vuosien saatossa sekä Suomen, että Viron RK:lta. Kuwaitissa taisi RK paikanpäällä Kapustarinnat hyväksyä :)

Jokainen harrastaja varmasti puoli leikillään epäilee kaikkien muiden tekemiä havaintoja, mutta niistä puhellaan vaan omissa porukoissa tyylillä "mikä lie ollu" "tais olla vääntö" Mutta samaan aikaan ollaan kuitenkin iloisia, että joku näki harvinaisen linnun.

Sitten viime aikoina on alkanut nousta esiin outoja juttuja.

Ensin käsitellään henkilö, jonka suusta on tullut kaikenlaista kuraa jo vuosien ajan. Nimeksi sopii vaikka Reijo (nimi muutettu)


Reijo ei ole enään vuosiin katsonut lintuja, eikä poistunut kotoota kun töihin ja kauppaan. Lomat istutaan himassa viinapullo kädessä, sammutaan tuoliin ja herätessä otetaan uutta huikkaa, ettei kankkunen vaan kerkeä riesaksi.

Sääli sinänsä, kun tarinat kertovat, että Reijo on joskus ollut ihan oikeasti aina retkellä. Niin sanottu "kova" lintumies. Helppo se on huudella sieltä ruudun takaa kännispäissään.

Olen ollut itse paikalla kun Reijo on tehnyt ihan paraati esiintymisiä. Viikon reissulla ensin neljä päivää samassa tuolissa siitä nousematta juopottelua,(yöksi kontattu sänkyyn) Sitten päissään autonrattiin ja sitten paskat housuun, KAHDESTI! Naurut päälle, kun on niin paskana, että ei millään ole enään väliä. Ei mennyt ihan niin kuin strömsössä? Juu ei. Näit muuten omien sanojesi mukaan Pikkukotkan silloin :) Ainiin, et taida muistaa, kun olit niin jurrissa, että et pysynyt kunnolla edes tuollissa.

Hauskaltahan tämä tarina kuulostaa, mutta mun mielestä on enemmänkin surullista.

Ehkä kannattaisi vaan olla hiljaa ja miettiä tätä sosiaalisen median käyttöä uudelleen. Sei ei sovi Reijo sinulle. Olet alkoholisti ja ihmis saastaa. Toivottavasti pääset hoitoon ja aloittamaan puhtaalta pöydältä, ennen kuin aivosi sulavat lopullisesti.


Sitten on tämä toinen. Nimeksi sopii vaikka Raimo (nimi muutettu)

Tuulesta temmattuja väitteitä ihmisestä jota ei edes tunne. Kun Raimolta kyselee, että miksi puhut tälläisiä asioita, niin ei saa mitään vastausta. Olisiko sinun iässä aika kasvattaa jotain roikkuvaa haaroväliin. Tuskin maltan odottaa millä tavalla perustelet asioita. Sanoiko joku sinulle, että näinhän sen pitää olla? Eihän tuollaisia voi nähdä? Kuvan on pakko olla väärennös?

Nyt pää pois perseestä Raimo

Mulla on tähän vain yksi asia sanottavana. Sinulle pitäisi varata huone jostain missä ei ole ikkunoita. Pehmeät seinät voisi toimi myös. Onneksi sanomisillasi ei ole mitään merkitystä, ainakaan minulle.

Arvostin Raimoa jonkin verran lintuharrastajana vielä ennen tätä välikohtausta. Harmi etten tunne sinua sen paremmin, olisi mukava kertoa sinustakin joku vanha tarina tai paras muisto, niin kuin Reijosta aikaisemmin. Juoma tottumuksistasi en tiedä, mutta toivottavasti sinulla menee vähän paremmin kuin Raimolla. Toki se ei paljon vaadi.

Sitten vähän minusta.

Minä en harrasta lintuja sen takia, että jokaisella retkellä pitäisi nähdä jotain harvinaista. Minulle linnut eivät ole numeroita joita on pakko laskea, tai joita on oltava mahdollisimman paljon listalla. Harrastan lintuja, koska nautin siitä, saan siitä haasteita ja se on kaiken kaikkiaan todella mukavaa hommaa. Jos näen jonkun harvinaisen tai kiinnostavan linnun, ilmoitan siitä, niin kuin liittomme säännöt velvoittavat. Lisäksi olen tavannut huikeita tyyppejä vuosien saatossa, joista on tullut minulle hyviä ystäviä. Olen myös päässyt harrastuksen kautta sellaisiin paikkoihin, missä ei ikinä olisi tullut käytyä ilman lintuja.

Olen myös aika rento kaveri, jota ei paljon muiden ihmisten puheet paina. En tee tätä muiden takia ja kyllä maailmaan paljon puhetta mahtuu.

Olen jo aikoinaan sanonut joillekkin lähimmille tutuille, että ei minua loppu peleissä se kiinnosta, että meneekö havainto Rk:sta läpi vai ei. Se oli silti hieno havainto. Tekeekö se muka harrastajasta paremman ja kovemman, jos on paljon harvinaisia lintuja listalla? Itse mene katsomaan harvinaisuuksia lähinnä siltä kantilta, että oppisin ja jos joskus sellainen tulisi eteen, niin osaisin määrittää sellaisen. En toki voi kieltää, etteikö harvinaisuudet houkuttele listaamaan. Pidän tottakai jonkin verran listoja yllä.

Puheet mitä olette puhuneet minusta ja linnuista, eivät muuta omaa elämääni millään muotoa. Päin vastoin se saa minut uskomaan itseeni paljon kovemmin. Minusta on jopa vähän huvittavaa, että kaksi pystyyn kuollutta vanhaa ukkoa selittelee minusta outoja juttuja. Keep up the good work!

Toivottavasti näemme retkellä ja saadaan nautiskella taas kerran jostain mukavasta lintuhavainnosta. Kesä on kieltämättä vähän tylsää lintu aikaa, kun kaikki lajit pesivät ja muuttoa ei ole. Ei käytetä sitä kuitenkaan vain sosiaalisessa mediassa paskan jauhantaan, vaan nautitaan kesästä.

Tarvitseeko tässä enään muuta sanoa? Ainiin, epäiltyjen kuvien metadataa en osaa väärentää, kun kerran sitäkin on jo kolmannen osapuolen taholta epäilty. Käytän GIMP nimistä ohjelmaa, joten eiköhän se jo kerro kaiken Ja sitten vielä lisäksi, minulla on muitakin kuvia kuin se kameran perästä otettu. Nice try boys.


Hyvää kesää Reijo ja Raimo

Kaikkien havaintojensa takana seisova.

Tom Nordblad

2. kesäkuuta 2016

Late May birding in Finland.

After Spain I tried to go out almost every morning with or without Vilma. I visited Laajalahti, Vanhankaupunginlahti and Suomenoja and got many new stroller ticks. It´s easy when girl sleeps and I have time to tick and watch birds.
On 21st I visited Elfvik tower but nothing special.. After Spain I got many common migrants including Common Rosefinch, Common Swift, Hobby and Honey Buzzard. Later that day I had little raptor watch from my balcony and I spotted two White Storks flying over the house! That was a great catch. At the evening I went to Malmi and twitched Common Nightingale to my year list. Only 38th records from Finland! Sadly I did not saw the bird but singing was great and beautiful. Here is photo of a more common Nightingale species here, Thrush Nightingale.

Lots of singing Thrush Nightingales around Helsinki.

Next day I was again in Elfvik and this time I got Greenish Warbler and Sand Martin on my stroller list! We had also pleasant family trip to Vanhankaupunginlahti where I picked stroller ticks almost everywhere. White-spotted Bluethroat, Great Reed Warbler, Red-backed Shrike and lots of other common stuff!

Vanhankaupunginlahti.

On 23rd I went to Suomenoja with Vilma to tick Slavonian Grebe and Common Moorhen to my stroller list. Both species were easy to see and also got Blyth´s Reed Warbler and Marsh Warbler on my year list. This time I had my camera with me and here is some pics from Suomenoja.

Northern Showeler.

Black-headed Gull.

Slavonian Grebe.
24th I went again to Malmi and this time I had Vilma with me. Common Nightingale was singing again and it was very good stroller tick for me. Let´s hope my video works here.

video

25th was few hours in Maari bird tower without Vilma and only new species for my year list was this handsome Curlew Sandpiper.

Curlew Sandpiper.


26th was suppose to be day of, but after Antti Mikala and the group found Little Egret from Maari, I had to twitch it. I took Vilma with me and after long minutes in traffic I arrive to Laajalahti. I ran with strollers and thank god I noticed the Egret from the edge of the meadow. After a minute watching, the bird took off and left! That was close. Lifer and very good stroller tick for me :)

Next morning I had three hours to spend anywhere I want. I chose Maari again and this time it really was good choice! I arrived very early before six a clock. Little bit after six there was only one guy with me and then it happened. Guy asked what are those birds which are flying towards us and maybe a second later I heard familiar calls. European Bee-Eaters! Flock of four birds passed the tower very nicely. Shame I did not asked about the other birders name when he left.. Next hour I was alone before other birders arrived. I left at 9 a clock with big smile.
Later I heard that this was only second record of European Bee-Eater in Espoo and it was also new species for Laajalahti. Let´s hope the local rarities commitee agrees my record. :) When I left i twitched River Warbler near by before I went to my car.

That was the direction where we spotted the flock of Bee-Eaters! 

Common Snipe.


29th I made quick twitch to Raasepori and got nice Savi´s Warbler to my year list.
On 30th I took my family and we started trip to Vääksy where my mother in law lives.
Sanni asked a stop for bathroom and I stopped in Mäntsälä. Sanni went in and I just opened my car door and looked up. I noticed medium sized raptor flying almost above me. I raised my binoculars and I saw a pale colored raptor. I almost immediately knew that this must be a Booted Eagle! I grab my camera and took one serie of photos.

Booted Eagle. 

With shaking hands I sent the alarm of the birds and took photo of the photo from my camera back and put it in the Facebook. My best birds this year for sure. Only third documented bird in Finland, I heard! Later we arrived to Vääksy where I saw Red-necked Pahalaropes and European Nightjahr! What a day!

So, three new lifers for me in May and two of them self found birds! Of course I must wait the RC decisions, but I´m quite confident with these sightings. :)

More later.

-Tom

25. toukokuuta 2016

Spain part two 15.5-20.5.2016

On 16th we had another day trip to another city. This time we choose Ronda, which looked super awesome from the pictures and some of my friends recommended the place.
From Torrox-Costa we had about two hour drive and during the drive I always watch birds anyway I can. Soon after we started our drive we had to stop and get some breakfast. Sanni and her sister went inside to get some and I had time to watch around. Fist bird I saw was a smart looking European Bee-Eater! I was just standing outside of the car and soon I noticed larger passerine in a tree close by. I raised my binos and wow, Western Orphean Warbler! What a place behind the gas station!
Also European Stonechats, Crested Larks, four different types of Swallows, Kestrel and Red-legged Partridge around!
During the drive I saw lots of Corn Buntings, lone Calandra Lark, lots of Crested Larks, some large unidentified raptor. Just before Ronda I noticed Green Woodpecker near the road, but this female bird disappeared before I even had a change to stop and look at it. According the birdlife internationa this is a full species nowadays!
In Ronda we had nice time watching the city, eating tapas food and looking the view. Lots of Red-billed Choughs around the cliffs and quite far away I noticed flock of Griffon Vultures circling high up in the sky.
Also Pallid Swif and Blue Rockthrush represented the interesting part of the birds in the city

Red-billed Chough.

Ronda view.

Famous bridge of Ronda.

I really recommend to visit Ronda if you are in the area. I have been in quite many impressive places and this was one of my favorite!

After nice day in Ronda we started our drive back to Torrox. I was driven maybe 15minutes and I noticed large raptor quite far, but not far for the telescope. I stopped the car quickly and when I saw the raptor, my mind was blown away! Adult Spanish Imperial Eagle! Did not really expected that species there! Happily I continued my drive until quite near the Malaga I found little river and I had to stop there. Because Sanni and Vilma were also in the car, I had about 5 minuted time. First bird I heard was Chaffinch. Second was little bit better and I was super happy to hear and see Melodius Warbler! Place looked super nice, but shame that I did not have anymore time there. Short-toed Lark was also good there with Black-winged Stilts.

Black-winged Stilt.



Next day I spend mostly near the house, but there was birds too. I found family of Blue Rockthrushes near by with Thekla Lark and some Turtle Doves sang behind the house! Later little sea watch and I got two Balearic Shearwaters, few Gannets and flock of Sandwich Terns.

Female Blue Rockthrush.

And Male too. Snack for the chick is lizard tail.

Torrox-Costa beach.

Turtle Dove.


Next morning I drove to Veléz-Malaga to check again the place where we visited with Antti.
Lots of birds singing, but nothing new.. I walked to the shore and checked the river, but also that was quite dead..
Little bit later flocks of Audouin´s Gulls started to fly near by and one flock landed on the beach.

Early morning at the beach.


Little bit younger bird. Maybe 2cy? 

Flock through my telescope. 


I also met a local guy who wanted to join me. We did not have same language or anything but god we had great time. Guy showed me lots of birds and I showed him a Penduline Tit nest and later one adult with three chicks! He was super happy. We walked little of road and suddenly Red-necked Nightjar jumped in to the air near my legs. Too fast for any photos, but awesome bird!

My best photo of Zitting Cisticola!

European Serin.

Adult and juvenile Penduline Tit.

Penduline Tit Nest.

During the walk I asked the guy about White-rumped Swift and he said Nerja which was the closest city of our house. I decided to visit there again next day. Together we continued for little while and lots of birds around. I counted about 10 singing Western Olivaceous Warblers, many Common Nightingales, Reed Warblers, Monk Parakeets, Red-rumped Swallows etc.
We shake hands and I continued to my car. I packed my stuff when I heard some yelling. I turned and same guy pointed straight to the sky. I looked and there was flock of four White-rumped Swifts! How cool was that! Muchas Gracias Juan!

Monk Parakeet.

Sardinian Warbler.

Sardinian Warbler.

I left Veléz-Malaga and my next destination was Sierras de Tejeda which is high mountain natural park. Area is big and I choose to take the western part of it. I stopped in many places and got some nice species on my list. Cirl Binting, three species of Tits, Booted Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Nuthatch, Common Crossbill, Firecreast and possibly Golden Eagle, but that was little bit too quick situation.

Sierras de Tejeda.

Firecreast.

Common Crossbill.

European Nuthatch.

Peregrine Falcon with prey!



I spend about 1,5 hours there and lots of nice birds with great views! After I drove back to our house, I had short sea watch which gave me nothing..
After this morning we had only one full day left and I spend that time with my family. We visited Nerja where I actually saw one White-rumped Swift later! and last day we spend in Malaga before I dropped our rental car back.
This was my first visit to mainland Spain and I was really positively surprised how great place it was for birding. I saw 94 species and got six lifers! I hope I can visit this area some day and do some real full time bird watching there!

-Tom

18. toukokuuta 2016

Spain part one. 9-14.5.2016

So, we arrived to Malaga over a week ago and I had some birding almost every day. At 9th we arrived to Torrox Costa were we have our house for the vacation. My wife´s sister and her family are also here, so lots of kids and never boring.

Vilma in the airplane. Sanni took this amazing photo.

Spain seems to be a very good place for birding. Birds are everywhere and there is lots of different species. With quick sea watch from the beach just other side of the road I had Balearic Shearwater, Gannets, some Audouin´s Gulls and lots of Yellow-legged Gulls. Behind the house is little bushy area where Spotless Starlings, Sardinian Warblers and especially Serins spend their time. Some Honey Buzzards migrated over the village and both species of Kestrels are quite common.

Flock of Audouin´s Gulls

Yellow-legged Gulls.

Documentary photo of the Balearic Shearwater.

Handsome European Stonechat near our house.

First few days were rainy and dark and there was actually quite cold too.. I did not care about the weather and I found Western Olivaceous Warbler near our house day before we arrived. My first lifer of the trip.
12th of May we made whole day visit to Granada which was super cool city. Firecreast, some Honey Buzzards were best in the city, but during the drive there I saw few Black Wheatears and Rock Sparrows to my life list. Wheatear was on my wish list!

Cathedral de Granada.


14th I took Antti with me and we had amazing morning in Velez-Malaga. Birds like Little Bittern, Little Egrets, Audouin´s Gulls, Western Olivaceous Warblers, Common Nightingales, Reed Warblers, Zitting Cisticolas, Squacco Heron and Booted Eagle, Iberian Chiffchaff and Woodchat Shrike were nice! Also the place was beautiful and really worth to visit even for non birder like Antti.

Western Olivaceous Warbler.

Audouin´s Gull.

Same bird. Shame the ring is just behind the other leg.

Iberian Yellow Wagtail.

Booted Eagle.

Squacco Heron.

Also later that night I had Cory´s Shearwater from the beach!

More later.

-Tom