13 September, 2009

Sunday evening birds

Busy weekend at home, not much time to get out until late in Sunday evening. Roni came with me and we headed to Valmarinniemi, a nearby cape of Mallasvesi - a big lake close to our home. There we saw some Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers (Mergus serrator), Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus), Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and a lonely Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus). Those were the only stationary waterfowls we saw. Not much migration either, just a a flock of 30 Eurasian Wigeons (Anas penelope) heading southwest. Nevertheless, it was a short and refreshing trip after time consuming jobs at home.

Some backyard observations from Sunday morning: In addition to first Bramblings (see my post below) there was also a Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) and 2 House Martins (Delichon urbica), possibly the last ones during this year - or then not, who knows...

Migrating Wigeons in Mallasvesi

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