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September Gulling

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Back up at Hämeenkyrö this past weekend, which meant the usual visit to Tarastenjärvi. Things started out well, finding some decent scarce in the form of a Rook. Yes. A Rook. As I rounded a bend and presented with a mixed flock of Jackdaw, Raven and Hooded Crow, my attention was immediately drawn to the dark hoddie sized corvid. Result! Finding birds like this tell me I'm not overlooking things, even when it concerns Irish dross which I could be tempted to ignore. Why am I looking at crows? How else will I find that daurian? Gulls were a bit tough this time around, lazily loafing on rooftops for a change. No Caspian this time. It's been a poor season for Tarastenjärvi, with no juvs having turned up yet here (to my knowledge). The best in this regard was a few slightly more interesting Herring juvs. Baltics were also in lower numbers, many having already made their way south. Nice to see the plumage stage of the few juvs that were still present though. Juvenile Baltic Gull - thi

A County First

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I've been continuing to search for Pallid Harriers now that we are in season but without massive success...except from my very own garden it seems. Pallid Harrier. Returning home from the morning kindergarten run, I decided to scan over the lake and was lucky enough to pick up a soaring juvenile Pallid Harrier quite close. Pallid Harrier - nice and slim I ran back to the car to grab my scope, but upon my return to the lake, the bird had moved to the far side of the lake. Nonetheless, I had good prolonged views as it made it's way East. I've been birding Siuntio and Inkoo in my search for Pallids, but limited to short trips, I haven't been able to put in any long stake outs of the usual sites. Nonetheless, I'm surprised I haven't connected with more birds, as usually this route will have several Pallids at this time of year.  Arriving at Myrans on Friday evening, several birders already in situ informed me that they had little luck with any interesting raptors. N

Pallid Season

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Another month without much time for processing photos, prompting some catch-up. After my success with finding a 3CY Caspian Gull, we made a family trip to some pristine bog land habitat. This was loaded with breeding Whimbrel, Golden Plover and we stumbled across a fantastic family party of Black Grouse. Black Grouse - female and one of many chicks. Back in the capital area, a visit to Laajalahti produced an abundance of waders and Caspian Terns. Osprey Caspian Terns - Behemoths Caspian Tern - Juvenile - look at those chevrons. The garden has continued to produce birds, including the 2nd Common Whitethroat of the year (of all things), not a common bird in our woodland setting. Wood Warbler, on the other hand, is a more typical species to move through the garden in August. The first full fat garden list tick, a pair of Common Scoter, were most welcome. Back up at Hämeenkyrö, another visit to Tarastenjärvi produced the usual excellent views of juvenile Baltic Gulls. Baltic Gull - juvenil