Birding Summary 2016

Posted on March 29, 2017

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Biggest news in my birding activities was that I started to show colours and joined Bongariliitto, an alliance of Finnish birders that is not tied to any geographic location. They have an excellent online diary for counting one’s sightings called Pinnari. In effect, this restarted my lists, as Pinnari lists are so cool. Maybe after two years or so, I might roll in some earlier sightings, if I can’t replicate them in time. Like Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris, tunturikiuru).

Okay what about 2016. First sighting White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla, merikotka). Excellent 1st of Jan record, 27 species. Last sighting was not sighting actually but unmistaken voice of Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes, peukaloinen). Total count 167 species, not very special. My goal was to break 150 for a year, goal was met at 3rd of July with Dunlin (Calidris alpina, suosirri). While on breaking 150 score, I was about to break 150 in May. At 27th of May I got 145th mark from Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus, jänkäsirriäinen). For breaking 150 before summer, mental note to myself: do it before 15th of May. After that you’d be too busy with everything else to go to trekking.

100th sighting was Bittern (Botaurus stellaris, kaulushaikara) on 22th of April. 50th was Greylag Goose (Anser anser, merihanhi), sighted on a remote island of Örö on southern archipelago at 24th of March.

Other than Bongariliitto alliance and restarting lists, 2016 was characterized by getting common species that somewhat were missing from my 2010’s sightings in total. These include Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus, pohjantikka), Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes, nokkavarpunen), Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta, avosetti) and European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus, mehiläishaukka).

Perhaps the rarest one was Red Kite (Milvus milvus, isohaarahaukka), which not only showed up herself for weeks on the same location but tried to mate with a Black Kite. Nicest, or how would you say it, long-term most valued lession was to learn the voice of Blyth’s Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum, viitakerttunen). Wonderful singer, beautiful songs, and best of all, I could hear it several times just around our house when taking the dogs for a walk.

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