23. tammikuuta 2015

Weekend in Hanko S-Finland 17-18.1.2015

Last weekend i went to Hanko with Petteri Mäkelä and Markus Lampinen for some birding and our annual Finnish twitching society board meeting. We started very early from Helsinki and arrived before sun rice to Hanko.
First stop was Crested Grebe and we nailed it quickly.

Early morning in Hanko.

Next stop was Wood Lark and it took little longer to see, but we were successful also here. Nice winter tick for me.
Later we tried to find Woodpigeon near by but it was too hard for us and we did not find it..
Our next place was famous "neljäntuulentupa" and there we meet more of our board members Janne Aalto, Ina-Sabrina Tirri and Heikki Vasamies.
Black-headed Gull, flock of Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-throated Diver, Greater Scaup and Robin were best sightings.
Me, Petteri and Markus continued to Långören where we had distant Kestrel and flock of Tufted Ducks.
Mute Swans

Tufted Ducks.

Last place before dinner was Vedagrundet where we tried to find local Steller´s Eider.
Lost of birds flying around and finally after 45minutes somebody yelled "There it is"! Closest islet was about 400m away and bird was swimming very near to it.
Very nice species in my home county and actually also in Finland. I guess this species is rarer and rarer every year. Other nice birds in Vedagrundet were Grey Heron, Common Scooter and Whooper Swan.

Steller´s Eider!

Markus and Petteri.

At 11.30 we arrived to Tvärminne and after dinner we had great meeting and later evening sauna.

Next morning we woke up for some birding. Went to Svanvik where i found wintering Mistle Thrush and lots of Whooper and Mute Swans. Next target was Högholmen where we had nice sea-watch and i got Velvet Scoter on my year list. Yesterdays Common Eider was not there anymore.

Janne Aalto at Högholmen.

Later we went to search Woodpigeons from city area but then alarm of Redkite came from Sauvo, near Turku and we decided to try it.
No luck with the Redkite after whole day searching. Of course next day it was nicely twitchable in same place :) Well, you can´t see everything is my motto..

I wat to thank Petteri, Markus, Olavi, Janne, Ina, Juha, Visa, Matias, Heikki and Jörgen for great company and awesome meeting again. Great fun!

Next weekend more birding.


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