4. huhtikuuta 2012

Estonia 30-31.3.2012

Members of this journey was Jände, Saara, Matti and me my self and i.
We left at two o´clock by ship towards the Estonia. After we arrived to Tallin, we start our long drive to Eastern Estonia. After some urban birds like Feral Pigeon, House Sparrow and so on, first real birds were Common Buzzard and Linnet and few flock of Geese. We stopped for couple of times when we saw some geese resting in the fields. Best place was in Lambasaare, or at least there was the name of the bus stop.
We had 1100 Bean Goose, 400 Greater White-Fronted Goose, one Pink-Footed Goose, one Barnacle Goose, 10 Tundra Swans and 2 Common Teals. When we watched this flock, we noticed that sun was setting and we needed to continue our drive. Just before we arrived at the hotel i saw lonely male Black Grouse flying across the road. Our hotel was Villa-Marika, very nice and WARM place.

Little flock of Geese, maybe Bean ones.

Next morning we started quite early(6.45) Hotel manager had little feeding for birds just out side the door and there was surprisingly many species. Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Crested Tits, Willow Tits, Coal Tits and Great Tits.

Willow Tit.

European Nuthatch in he´s / She´s doorway.

Super photo of Crested Tit. Great looking bird anyway..

After very nice breakfast, we started to drive around the area and tried to find some good Owls. Of course Owls were hiding... Our main target was Puhatu swamp whitch is maybe the only place where you can see Willow Grouse in Estonia.
We start at the East-side but after 30min walking we realized that there is too much water, so no entry this side..
Best sightings were Three-Toed Woodpecker, Crested Tits, Black Woodpeckers and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
We continued and next stop was West-side of the Puhatu swamp. There was one Woodcock, few Common Buzzards and one White-Tailed Eagle. We didn´t find the right way to swamp area so quite quickly we left..

Common Buzzard in the morning light.
Next place was little bit more culture, but it was actually good birding place. We visited at the Kuremäe monastery where lives only nuns. Place is superb looking and i was even happier when i noticed big bird feeding with lots of seed eaters. I counted: Nuthatch 3, Redpoll 15, Siskin 40, Green Finch 30, Bullfinch 10, Tree Sparrow 10.

After i had take something like 100 frames, one nun came to said that photographing the birds is forbidden. Weird but then i realized, feeding was front of their houses, so i stopped.
After monastery we toured many places and our best birds was Snow Bunting 15 and at least 10 Common Buzzard, witch is good number at this time of year.

Many roads looks like this because of melting snow.

We drive back to the hotel about 7pm and after eating and trash talking we take little night tour with big Owl hopes. 1h30min and total silence.. Okay, Black Birds were singing...

I hope that i have tome to write last post tomorrow. Sorry that i don´t have pic of this monastery, but i didn´t find my USB-cable for my phone where the photo is. So maybe later.



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