17. syyskuuta 2012

Ringing in Espoo 16.9.2012

Finally some action here! There has been now almost two weeks with out birding... I have moved back to Helsinki, worked like a maniac and when i had time, then rain starts or something like that..
Roni asked me join him to do some ringing in Laajalahti and of course i wanted to join.
Roni started at 5.45am and i came little bit later because i was working and my shift ended at 6.00am.
When i arrived, Roni had almost every net on and i walked straight to the ringing place where Roni´s girlfriend Annika was.
First round was maybe the busiest and we got nice numbers of Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Robins, and Blue Tits.
Roni let me train my ringing and he checked birds afterwards.
We had nets open about 4 hours and total catch was about 60birds.
Most of the birds were Sedge Warblers and Blue Tits but there was also 6 Reed Buntings, one Chaffinch, 3 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs and so on.

Reed Bunting, 1cy.

Chaffinch female. 

Adult male Reed Bunting and 1cy hanging together.


God it was nice to join this ringing. Too long breaks between my training sessions and i really want to learn this.
Thanks Roni and Annika for company, this was nice.
Hope the next post will be sooner than this one.



4. syyskuuta 2012

Autumn is here. 4.9.2012

I start my day at Finnå. When i arrived at 10.20am i noticed few flocks of Barnacle Gooses flying around.
My plan was to go to the bird-tower and have little watch from there but i took quite long time to get there because there was so much birds around!
Tree Pipits had nice move and many Gold Finches were in the trees along the road.
Most loudest birds were tits, of course.. Great and Blue Tits had some movement also and i was hoping to get some other species with them, but nothing this time..
I was very near the tower, when Red-throated Pipit flew over me and let out a familiar voice. Always nice to see here.
In the tower were actually super boring.. Only two Marsh Harriers, witch i checked very precise, because of the possible Eastern about week a go in Finland. Normal westerns this time... (again and always)
In the pond were few Common Pochards, 20 Tufted Ducks, 15 Mallards, 25 Teals, many Showelers and 2 Gadwalls.. So nothing special...

No Eastern Marsh Harrier.. 

On my way back to my car, i found one Sedge Warbler and one Reed Warbler so nice birds there also.

Sedge Warbler.

After Finnå i went to the Maari bird-tower. There was many people in the tower including few familiar faces.. On the meadow were huge flock of Lapwings, maybe 300 or more. Also Ruff and Dunlin were common.
I was hoping some raptors today but only Osprey, Hobby and Marsh Harrier showed up...
Also nothing special here so i left to the gym quite quickly..

Osprey and prey.

Lapwings, Canada Gooses and others.

Well, better day than yesterday..
Hope it´s getting better when real autumn comes. There was clear autumn signs today but it´s still coming.



3. syyskuuta 2012

Slow and rain.. 3.9.2012

I had big plans for this afternoon and i hope that i could find something like Yellow-broved Warbler or even better..
Actually there is no much to say about this day.. I walked about 25min in Seurasaari and first hard rain shower came.. Rest of the day weather was rainy or sunny or both.... So no much to do.

Canada Gooses and Mallard.

Golden Eye. 

White Wagtaill

More stuff tomorrow, i hope... This was bad day.