Today I went birding with my friend Aatu Rundgrén. He is a rather new birder, enthusiastic and learning fast. I kind of envy him, he get's lifers still quite often. Hmmm, I should probably go to Amazon to get that feeling of finding and learning new birds again... ;)
Just before Aatu arrived, I got a new species to my year list; Black Woodpecker was calling few hundred meters away from my home. It was #47 in my year list 2016.
We headed to Rauttunniemi, as there is a feeding place inside forest by Juha Leuhtonen. Nice deciduous forest, good for woodpeckers and many others. Distance from car to to feeding place is about 500 meters. There were no birds between these two spots... But when we approached the feeding place, we first saw a male Blackbird, the two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, soon some Blue Tits and Great Tits and heard the calls of Long-tailed Tits. Not a bad start, Long-tailed Tit was #48 in my year list. When we left, we met Juha and his wife Pirjo in the forest, they brought new food for the birds.
Next to Vedentaka village, nothing special, some Tits and a flock of 100 Jackdaws plus some Hooded Crows, that's all. But hey, in Metsäkansa there's a log storage, those are widely known as good spots to find woodpeckers. Just few days ago Petri Hakosalo found 5 woodpecker species from some log storage in Pori, so why not here too... Or so I thought.
|Metsäkansa log storage - no woodpeckers|
No sign of any woodpeckers here.... nor any other birds. Blah...
From Metsäkansa we took the old road to Nikkarinhanko. There is still a small piece of old coniferous taiga forest in Yhteistenmäki, after large clear cuttings around it. There used to be Three-toed Woodpeckers, but after latest clear cutting in north east side, they had disappeared. But who knows, maybe there's one now in the middle of winter as there's still lots of food available for them.
After short walk we heard a woodpecker knocking... and then it went silent. Soon we heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling further away, okay, it was just it. And at the same time, behind us - knock - knock - knock - knock!!! And soon we found a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, nice :)