Finally last Saturday (29th) I had some time to visit few places to see couple of long staying birds. First I went to check if the Rough-legged Buzzard would show up, and it did. Distant bird was sitting on a tree and watching some people passing it with horses. It must be pretty used to people, because it just sat there when someone rode like 10 meters from it.
Anyway pretty rare here during the winter months and worth to visit any day.
|Rough-legged Buzzard and a rider.|
|Handsome male Bullfinch.|
Later I drove to Hietaniemi cemetery and just before the major blizzard really hit Helsinki I found my target species, the Northern Hawk Owl. Very smart bird, but damn it was high up in the tree and there was simply no light for any good photographing...
|Northern Hawk Owl.|
|Bird was sitting very high and was not really photogenic.|
Many other common birds were seen too and adult female Goshawk is always a memorable bird to see. Loads of Greenfinches, Bullfinches, House Sparrows and Blackbirds around.
Yesterday and today we got about 35cm of snow in Helsinki, so I´m not really too excited to go there and watch birds, but one thing is sure, little by little the days area longer and soon I have some daylight after work and the is really something I wait.
Maybe more birding in near future, if we don´t get anymore snow.. (please).