maanantai 2. joulukuuta 2013

Sammari For Ever & Aavikkotasku

 Aamulla hirvees tuules Räpsöösee. Paikalla 8.30. vasta kolme ornia, puoltatuntia myöhemmin kolmisen kymmentä. Merivesi korkeella ja rantaviiva työntynyt sammaripuskan puoliväliin asti. Aallotkin hiukan kurmotti samaista tyrniä, jossa marjoja vielä yllättävänkin hyvin jäljellä.

New month and new ticks! The first of December is particularly popular date for Finnish birders and especially twitchers. "Winter-ticks", so. species seen/heard in December, January and February are probably the second most popular ticks in Finland, after lifers of course. This is due to long and relatively birdles winter period in Finland - you have to have some excuse for birding ;)
On Sunday morning I went to Reposaari with my dad. We arrived at 8.30 and quite surprisingle there was only three birders present. However, we were soon accompanied by many others - approximately 80+ birders visited Reposaari during the day. The reason for that was of course the Sardinian Warbler which has spent already over two months in small area in the tip of Reposaari-island. Lately it's been seen dailu in one large sea-buckthorn bush. And so it was today!

Likipitäen koko aamukööri mahtui samaiseen otokseen. Samettinen talvipinna esittäytyi 8.57. alkaen, jolloin Paavo Harri plokkasi sen ensimmäisenä listalleen. Mä häivyinkin faijan kanssa samoin tein hirmuista merituulta pakoon ja hälyjä odottelemaan kohti sisämaata.

The first load of Sardinian Warbler twitchers of the day. The first sighting was made 8.57. and next one around 11.00. Luckily we managed to see the bird immesiatly after it was located and we left the place and headed inland as westerly wind was blowing very hard (up to 25m/s momentarily!).

Odottavan aika ei ollut turhan pitkä, sillä Jari Kuhlmanin (onnittelut!) Helsingin Kivikosta löytämä aavikkotasku päivittyi Lintutiedotukseen yhdeksän jälkeen. Napattiin aamukaffeiden jälkeen Esaman Jaska föliin ja siirryttiin stadiin. Kivikon idrotts parkin kupeella viihtyvä deserti olikin hetimmiten hyvin näytillä.

A bit after nine o'clock Lintutiedotus (Finnish RBA) told that a Desert Wheatear was still at Helsinki, Savikko. We took Jaakko Esama with us and had a three hours drive to Helsinki. After we arrived the wheatear was immediatly showing well. We enjoyed watching it about and hour when it occasionally came really close, down to 5 meters. This was the first male I've seen in Finland and only the third individual in all. It's also only the second in winter months and 21st in it's species for Finland. A splendid and surprisingly colorfull bird in beautiful sunshine!
The drive back to Pori was pleasant after two winter ticks which brought my list up to 193. I'll hope the next addition is one of those Ivory Gulls lingering in Northern Europe...

 Matti edes ja Jaska takan. Kauniit maisemat on tasku valinnut!
My dad in the front and Jaska in the back, watching Desert Wheatear.

Suomen toinen talvikuukausina havaittu aavikkotasku viihtyi kuvien aidoilla, lennähdellen tuon tuosta ravinnonhakuun ruderaatille.
Kotimatka sujui leppoisasti kahta talvipojoa sulatellessa ja Pohjois-Euroopassa viime päivinä havaittujen jäälokkien Suomeen ilmaantumista ennakoidessa.

The wheatear was perching in the fence of agility-track and dropping down to ground constantly. Didn' t see if it found any food... I hope it survives!

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