16 March, 2008

Return of winter

Winter came back few days ago and most of the early migrants turned back to south. Weather report says that this cold weather will continue still over the Easter...
Anyway, I did today a nice birding tour around southern parts of Pirkanmaa county with my older son Petro. The highlights of the day were certainly two White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) in icy lake Rauttunselkä, some 15 kilometers south from our home. In addition to those we saw also several Swans, both Whooper (Cygnus cygnus) and Mute Swans (Cygnus olor), 3 Eurasian Collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in Viiala, 2 Common Redpolls (Carduelis flammea), 3 Common Ravens (Corvus corax), 6 Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) and many others. Most of them we saw very well and we got also several nice photos.

Eurasian Collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in Akaa, Viiala

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