19. tammikuuta 2020

Black-throated Thrush at Viikki. 19.1.2020

Yesterday afternoon Hannu Savanne found female type Black-throated Thrush from Viikki about 700m from my house. I was anxious to go, but I had both kids, and it was already getting a bit dark. I had to wait until Sanni arrived from work. When she finally came it was too late for me and I had to let it go. Shame cause it was so near.

Today before noon I got info that the bird is still in the area, but hard to catch. My mother visited us and I used her help to twitch this nice sibe vagrant. We took kids, we let them play a bit and then we walked to the scene. Loads of twitchers around and it was easy to find the place where the bird was. Thrush was feeding in a muddy field with about 300 Fieldfares and it was no an easy task to find the bird. My mother took the kids to the near by park and she let me stay with the group. Thank god the bird was found in 10 minutes and I got nice views from telescope.
Lots of familiar faces around and Janne koskinen gave me and opportunity to watch the bird for some time. No photos for me this time, cause the distance and telescope not my own so I had problems to phonescope it. I got one very poor photo, but it is so bad that I´m not going to publish it...

Soon the flock took off and shattered around the area. We tried to watch the small flocks, but local Goshawk made them move constantly and it was also nap time for Julius, so we left.

Great bird and interesting plumage of second calendar year female bird. What I saw looked good for pure bird, but these always lead to discussion about the ID of the bird and I can´t really consider me as an expert of anything. I have seen this species now five times in Finland and at least one of those were hybrid bird. More photos of the bird in www.tarsiger.com front page.

Few photos from the day.

Great-spotted Woodpecker.

The field where the Thrush was.

Male Bullfinch. 


Oh yeah, I also took my first bird photos with my new Sony Rx10 mark IV and it is amazing camera. Can´t wait to have more light and more birds. I changed my Panasonic gear to this one.

More birds later, I hope.

Tom 

9. tammikuuta 2020

NewYear, new birds. 9.1.2020

Hello, It is already 9th of January and this is my first post for the year.
Not much happened since the last post from 2019, but on 6th I had great opportunity to twitch one of my favorite birds of all time, the Yellow-billed Loon.
Sami Tuomela found this amazing 2cy bird from Lauttaaari and I was stuck at home with my kids. We had plans to go and pick up my wife from work and then have some quality time with Sannis brother and his family. Luckily they live close the place where the bird was hanging, so we had short detour at Hernesaari and then we wen to their place.

We arrived after three pm and it started to be little dark. I took my telescope and ran to the place where I aw few other birders. Thank god the bird was still there and I was able to see it nice from distance. It was diving actively and moved constantly. After I had even one poor photo (see bellow) I ran to my car, picked Julius and stroller but when we arrived again the bird was gone.. It dived and then nobody saw it again before we left.

Anyway I got nice new bird to my Helsinki list and to my local birding society list too. My only record of this species in Finland was from Säppi island back in 2014.
On 7th I had small flock of Two-barred Crossbills from Meilahti where I work and earlier this month I had Eagle Owl from same place.

Nice to have some good birds around Helsinki and I was thinking that I will do some kind of not so hardcore big year in Helsinki and try to see as many species as possible here.
Here is my terrific photo of the Diver...

This photo is even worse than my Great-nothern Diver photo from last year.. Anyway distance was over 500m! 

January is going to be very low in birding cause my wife is working all the weekend and I have the kids. On Saturday I will go and got my new camera Sony RX10 IV, which sholud be very good piece of work.

-Tom 

28. joulukuuta 2019

Backyard birding 28.12.2019

When you spend time with your kids it is always better if you go outside and let them run in a park etc. Today we had nice little it over an hour at the local park and sun was shining. Loads of birds around eating rowan berries and I counted at least 40 Fieldfares and around ten Waxwings in small area.
At the park I had a bit luck when I looked a small flock of Jackdaws I noticed a large raptor behind the flock. I always carry my binoculars and damn, it was far and high, but it was a Golden Eagle! One of those species which always gives you the chills. Eagle was just sliding towards Northeast and soon I lost it in blue sky. I think the age was either 1cy or 2cy bird cause the large white under wing patches. From that distance you can´t obviously be sure..

One of many Fieldfares. 

Bohemian Waxwings resting before next meal.


It seems that I might have time to go out and look for some new birds for this year next Monday, but let´s see. This nice sunny weather is gone tomorrow and I bet we have more rain after that.

-Tom 

26. joulukuuta 2019

End of the year. 2019

Hello folks and happy holidays.
During the December I have not done much of bird related activity.. I started at new job early November and it still takes muck of my time. I hope that will turn easier next year. Of course when you work all the daylight hours, that does not help you either. We have very short days now and "light" is mostly cloudy grey colors.

If I sum the December birding there is only one dipped Pine Grosbeak with my kids and then one lucky day when a flock of three Pine Grosbeaks migrated over our house. I was out with my children and Julius was even in the stroller when I noticed the birds, so stroller tick for me too!
Christmas came and Vilma has been sick, so we had to cancel few things, but the joy when she got the presents etc. That was great. Also Julius has enjoyed the Christmas time, but clearly he does not understand all the presents. To much stuff at the same time.

Partially leucistic male Domestic Sparrow from my back yard.This bird has been here the whole year.  


Overall the year 2019 has been great for me.
I got five new lifers in Finland. Red-headed Bunting, Pacific Golden Plover, Eurasian Roller, Cattle Egret and Great-northern Diver.
Crete trip at June gave me the Lammergeier and January trip to Fuerteventura was really success. From there I got Allen´s Gallinule, Dwarf Bittern, Houbara Bustard, Canary Island Chat and Lesser Scaup.


For the year 2020 I have some goals.

- More birding than 2019
- Do a trip to somewhere where I can have more than one WP-lifer with my family.
- 340 lifers in Finland. (Now 337)
- More than one trip to Estonia for birding.
- Spend more time with you uncle.

Maybe better not plan too much goals, cause there is always possibility that I have to cancel everything :)

I wish all the best for the year 2020 to all my friends and you readers. I still have passion to write here and I really enjoy this. Hope you like it.

Now I just have to wait the migrating birds and hope there is some nice local wintering stuff in Helsinki.

Happy new year!

Best

-Tom