28 February, 2010

Red-throated Loon, Dipper and more

Winter vacation started, finally some time for birding too. Well, the trip on Saturday the 27th was combined birding and shopping trip with my sons, so we concentrated on easy locations. At first we tried to find Black Grouses (Tetrao tetrix), but today they were somewhere deeper in the forests, so we let them stay there and drove to Herralankoski rapids in Lempäälä. Good choice, there were 5 Goosanders (Mergus merganser) and 1 Eurasian Dipper (Cinclus cinclus). Latter was a new one in my year list 2010.

From Lempäälä we moved to Tampere. After delicous Kääg (aka Kag'h) lunch in best Chinese Grill of Tampere, we drove to Eteläpuisto park, to see the waterfowl of Viinikanlahti bay. It's the best open water area in Pirkanmaa county during winters. Full of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) - hundreds of them, 9 Goosanders (Mergus merganser), Smew (Mergus albellus) and one more for my year list: Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) - photo below. Very nice! And just a right time to switch to shopping - phone rang and my wife asked us to pick her up. More birding trips next week, if the weather allows, now there's raining water, sleet and snow...

1 comment:

  1. Nice birding with some nice additions to year list.
    Hope in a few weeks I can add the White-throated Dipper to my list.

    Cheers, Szimi