|Paddyfield Warbler in Leveäkari, Pori|
Photo by Petteri Hytönen
I've been birding so long that I don't get new lifers too often, usually just once or twice per year here in Finland. Now I got a chance, when Paddyfield Warbler settled down in Pori, Friday the 20th of May, thanks to Petteri Mäkelä who found it!
Still, it wasn't too easy to get there. I don't have a car at the moment, so I'm dependent on other birders on what comes to traveling to remote locations. In addition to that, most of the twitchers had already got this species previously and were not too keen to see it again. Fortunately the bird stayed there and finally on the evening of 23rd of May, Harri Slag picked me up and we were heading to Pori!
|Harri Slag at Leveäkari|
It was about a 160 km drive from Valkeakoski to Pori, we were listening good old blues and having a nice chat. Not much to see along the road, just those ordinary species, like Blackbirds, Woodcocks etc. Not until we arrived to Pori, the birds got a bit better, first we saw a male Merlin and soon a flock of about 10 Rooks, both new to us this year. Rooks are nowadays rare in Valkeakoski region and Merlin has been always small in numbers there.
|Leveäkari, on the right is the reed bed where the Paddyfield Warbler was singing|
The sun was almost settled down when we arrived to Leveäkari. Small group of other twitchers just left, "the bird is there and singing", they told. So no hurry. Lonely Whimbrel was calling somewhere on the shore, as did the Spotted Redshanks. Lot's of waterfowl, gulls and terns, evening was warm, this was a perfect evening.
When we finally arrived to the hotspot, the Paddyfield Warbler started singing immediately! Lifer for both of us! A long-waited species for me that I had kept "in bank". It was a marvelous singer, listen the excellent recording of Harry J. Lehto.
|Lifer! Learned from the Swedes ;)|
Photo by Harri Slag