27. lokakuuta 2013

Day five and six, Lifer. 25.10-26.10.2013

We started from the West walking around the island. Some nice Land birds were present including late Spotted Flycatcher, lots of Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings, Winter Wrens, Bramblings, three Blackcaps, lots of Redpolls, Ring Ouzel and very late Common Whitethroat.


Spotted Flycatcher.

White-tailed Eagle. 

Mistle Thrush.

Later when i was walking alone i flushed little bird from the ground and it flew to a tree. I raised my binoculars and wow! Little Bunting!! Bird disappeared soon and i called to Petteri that "Little Bunting at Takalahti." After little search i went back to the house and everybody were there already. This was one of those long waited lifers for me! After some eating we went back there to check if the bird is still there, but i did not. We continued to hanhisto and it took about 20minutes and Markus found Little Bunting jumping on a ground!! Now every body saw it! Teppo and Tomas got lifers also!

Little Bunting. 

All the time we knew where the bird was so Markus and Teppo put one net on and we others moved closer to the bird step by step and soon the bird flew straight to the net! Very nice catch.

Little Bunting, 1cy bird. 
Markus ringed the bird and after few photos, it was released in the same place. Maybe the cutest bird i have ever seen.
Later we walked back to the house and we saw one or two Arctic Redpolls and lots of common stuff.
This was so great day that we put sauna on and we stayed up quite late. Lifers are always lifers and that is always reason to celebrate.

Next days(26.10) weather was terrible again and because bad forecast we decided to leave the island..
Days best birds were Arctic Redpoll and Hawfinch.

This was super trip with 81 species. There was also few species that i did not saw but you cant see everything. My year tick number is now 256 and its way more than i expected beginning of the year.
I must thank Petteri, Markus, Taru, Teppo, Tomas, Juha, Tomi, Lassi and Aki for company.
I hope we can do this again next autumn. It was also very nice to get new friends, those what you cant have too much.


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