Monday, 27 June 2016

June Lithuania

Had dinner tonight at a fantastic restaurant
Made leaving Lithuania harder.

The roads so far are much better than Latvia but it's so difficult to find wifi, But I found it at a lovelly, friendly, and very reasonable, hotel Grizulo Ratai a5 Marijampole-Kaunas. Had a frustrating day on roads as bad as any in Latvia.

Birds, Marsh Harrier, White Stork, Crane, Rosefinch, Yellowhammer.

June Latvia

Some of Latvia's roads are the worst I have encoutered in Europe, reel bone braking car wrecking roads, but a lovelly country with friendly, helpful people. The fishponds at Nagli offers some of the best birding in Europe with many outstanding birds.
Saw my first Racoon Dog sadly just as It ran into a car, it was still alive so I took it to a local animal shelter, but I fear the worst. They are common in the area.
Not my photo wish it was.
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Great Reed-warbler

Marsh Harrier the most numerous raptor in the Baltic States.

 Red-backed Shrike

Friday, 24 June 2016

Estonia June 2016

On a ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki.
I just found out that Britain has voted to leave the EU. I find this upsetting and a huge step backwards.

Also saw Spotted Eagle, Grey Partridge, White Stork, Crane

Pleased to get a photo of a Turtle Dove, this bird in in sharp decline mainly due to changing agriculture in Senegal mainly peanut farming. We all like to moan about large organisations but I would like to congratulate the RSPB team in Senegal who's work largely goes unnoticed.

Monday, 20 June 2016

June Finland

The Arctic Circle
 Many Cranes
 Pied Flycatcher
 Pine Grosbeak (Female)

  Pine Grosbeak (Male)

 Red-necked Loon
 All it needs is a red nose.
 Siberian Tit
 Boreal Owl (Tengmalm's Owl, Helmipöllö,)


Siberian Jay

Blue Throat (Northern Race)

This is a bird I have spent many hours looking for, & another dream fulfilled.

Hawk Owl
I saw three Hawk Owls on my trip, two were sat in plain view on power lines.

June Norway

Almost as soon as I crossed the border into Norway an Arctic Fox ran across the road, I then saw a Hawk Owl.

Unfortunately the rain got worse and persisted for the lengh of my stay.

Blue-headed Wagtail (Yellow)

Black-tailed Godwit

Long-tailed Duck

 Rough-legged Buzzard