The first day of the new year were very rainy in the whole Southern Finland so we decided to do some twitching instead of traditional local patch birding.
At 5.30am we left Pori and headed to Espoo with my father, Jaakko Esama and Esa Mäkelä. Our first target was Black-throated Thrush wintering in Espoo. It was an easy tick even well before sunrise. The third B-t T for me ever so a very nice sighting. Next stop was a tame Capercaillie that have been visinting feeder in urban area in Espoo. It became the first miss of the year, probably fireworks had scared it. We couldn't find Hawfinches from the nearby Mankkaa either and decided to drive some 200kms in Uusikaupunki.
We stopped for short coffee break in Salo and luckily heard Grey-headed Woodpecker calling! Good species for us as it's hard to find in Pori region.
Demokratia toimi, matkalla porilaisille kiva harmaapäätikka kaffebreikin ohessa Suomusjärveltä ja Ukissa saimme ihastella kaunista grönlanninlokkia (myös yläkuvassa argarin kera) turkulaispitoisessa seurassa.
There had been an adult Iceland Gull in Uusikaupunki fish harbour for few days and it was still showing nicely. The first one in it's age class for me - really beautiful and elegant gull!
Viimoiset "valoisat" hetket vietettiin Harjavallassa vuorihemppoa etsien, vain tavallinen hamppuvarpunen osui kiikariin.
Mukava eka päivä kaikkiaan ja varsinkin keli huomioon ottaen; 32 vuoden, 2 tammikuun ja 3 ekaekaa pojojoing! Huomenna sit toinen mokoma spondena Porist ;)
Last hours of light went in searching of Little Grebes in Eura and Twite from Harjavalta. Warm, almost spring-like weather, was probably the reason for dipping these two. In Eura we got a message from Finnish RBA that somebody had forgotten his Swarovski-scope in Uusikaupunki... and what a surprise: it was my fathers scope! :D
Neverlethes it was a great start for the year with two good rarities. We had 32 species in all which is quite a low number but it was predictable in constant rain.