17 October, 2016

Thousands of Waxwings and Thrushes

Bohemian Waxwing
On Sunday the 16th of October I did a few hours birding trip by bike to nearby hotspots. The landscape was full of Thrushes, Waxwings and Starlings. In southern downtown of Valkeakoski there was a flock of 1500 Bohemian Waxwings, one of the biggest I've ever seen here. Air was full of their pleasant ringing "sirrrr" sounds, as from 1500 small bells. In Lotilansalmi the soundscape was totally different; a mixture of furious chatter of 2500 Fieldfares, ringing sounds of Waxwings, rich repertoire of  Starlings and solitary calls of Redwings and Mistle Thrush.

I continued to landfill areas of Kalatonlahti and Mahlianmaa, nice places for birders both. Found nine Meadow Pipits from Kalatonlahti and Lapland Bunting from Mahlianmaa, nice! Thirteen Grey Herons were flying around and a flock of 60 Brent Greese rushing southwest, nice to see both flocks. Actually I was looking for Siberian Accentor, but no luck. Maybe later this week, who knows, there seems to be lot's these rare sibes now all around Europe.

13 Grey Herons
Today Juhani Lokki ringed a Siberian Accentor in Anomaa, Hattula, it was a new species for the area of our local birding society, number #293! I wouldn't be surprised if we get #294 still during autumn, could be finally time for Pied Wheatear or Desert Wheatear, who knows
- well, only Sendari knows ;)

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