02 May, 2008

Floods of Korteniitty

I visited three days ago first time in my life at Korteniitty in Pirkkala. Magnificent place, real birding hotspot, at least right now when the pump station was switched off and the whole valley was flooding. In spite of the fact that the weather was anything but good - if you think about waders - i.e. anti-cyclone with almost no clouds in the sky, there was still tens of waders in the valley; Little Ringed Plovers (Charadrius dubius) , Common Snipes (Gallinago gallinago) , Common Greenshanks (Tringa nebularia) , Spotted Redshanks (Tringa erythropus) , Wood Sandpipers (Tringa glareola), Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax), Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) and Eurasian Curlews (Numenius arquata).

I just wonder how this place would look during rainy days when waders have to fall down from migration...
But once again, this place looked too good to be true. Only a day later the landowner switched the pump station on, and now the flood is history...

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