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Olli Haukkovaara
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Addicted to birding since 1969
Addicted to birding since 1969

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Winter bird census in Kärjenniemi
Spotted Nutcracker, new species in my route Cloudy Saturday on 12th of November, mild and calm weather, temperature few degrees below 0° C, almost prefect weather for winter bird census. Sunny day would have been even better, but those are rare here in Nove...

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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...

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Shrike! And a lifer! But what is the species?
On 12th of October 2016 I received an alert of Isabelline Shrike  (Lanius isabellinus)  in Sastamala, some 70 kilometers away from my home. Wow! I started to arrange transportation - as I don't have currently a car, which suddenly turned out to be a big pro...

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Tripreport: Midsummer birding in Tallinn, Estonia, 6.-10.7.2016
Male Common Linnet in Toompea hill, Old Town of Tallin Abstract: My trip to Tallinn, Estonia, was not this time actually a birding trip, but a family vacation. Still, as an addicted birder, I keep my ears and eyes open all the time which is very rewarding e...

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Midsummer is offspring time - but can you identify them?
Pair of Great Crested Grebes with their three offspring today Lot's of nestlings and fledged offspring out there at the moment. Some are still tiny and bald, waiting for food in the nest, some are already full grown juveniles. They are all easy to identify ...

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Happy Midsummer, spring migration continues, autumn migration has started
European Goldfinch is getting more common every year. 24th of June, Midsummer here in Nordic countries, towns area deserted, people are more or less drunk, many of them in summer cottages. Before I opened the sparkling wine, I did a 30 km birding trip by bi...

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Birding in nightless night, enjoying endless light
Orange moon rising in the fields of Linnanen Photo by Roni Haukkovaara Days in high latitudes are now long and you can go birding whenever you want, there's always enough light. Listening night singers between late May and early July is a traditional way of...

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From blind spot to a hotspot, I hope so...
One more to my year list, Red-backed Shrike I've been birding in Valkeakoski region already for over 40 years. I thought that I know this neighborhood like my own pockets, but obviously there are still some secret pockets... because few days ago I studied a...

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Evening at Vallonjärvi, testing the Olympus LS-P2 recorder
Whooper Swan was eating Water Horsetails in front of the tower   After three days of summertime flu, I finally felt a bit better and decided to go for a short birding trip by bike. I cycled to lake Vallonjärvi and Heikkilänmetsä old taiga forest nature rese...

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Evening at Vallonjärvi, testing the Olympus LS-P2 recorder
Whooper Swan was eating Water Horsetails in front of the tower   After three days of summertime flu, I finally felt a bit better and decided to go for a short birding trip by bike. I cycled to lake Vallonjärvi and Heikkilänmetsä old taiga forest nature rese...
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