Butterflies and some birds too

On the 8th of July I saw a Great White Egret in Siikalahti again and on the 10th day while running I saw a White-backed Woodpecker and heard a Golden Oriole in Likolampi. I also saw some Poplar Admirals and Purple Emperors. On the 11th day a Reed Warbler was singing and a Whimbrel migrating in Siikalahti.

On the 12th of July I drove to Joutseno where I first stopped in Korvenkylä where I saw a Moorhen, a family of Slavonian Grebes and a female Garganey. Then I picked up Sampsa Cairenius and we continued to Taipalsaari Liukkola where we managed to find a Pink-footed Goose that had stayed there for some time with Canada Geese. It was the first ever Pink-footed Goose in Finland in July. It had been really difficult to find but we were lucky and found it easily.

We continued to Lappeenranta Askola where we saw 11 Temminck Stints, a Little Stint a Dunlin, a Common Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Oystercatchers and a Shelduck that had been there for some days. We also saw briefly a distant wagtail that looked promising for a Grey Wagtail but it was too far and flying away all the time.

In Pappilanniemi we saw only some Grey Herons but then we birded around Joutseno for whole night. The best birds we found were a fledlings of Tawny Owl, an Ortolan Bunting, a Quail and a family of Long-eared Owls, some Grasshopper Warblers, Blyth’s Reed Warblers, many Corn Crakes and several calling Long-eared Owlets.

When sun had risen we headed to Kotasaari where Sampsa had seen a Citrine Wagail briefly earlier. We soon found a couple of young birds and the after some searching also an adult female. We also saw a Little Ringed Plover and a Temmink Stint and heard a Reed Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey-headed Woodpecker and a Pheasant.

When I was driving back towards Parikkala I saw a couple of Wood Larks in Joutseno Pappilankangas. Then I decided to stop in Rautjärvi Lahnanen because of there had been some Grey Wagtails around Finland. Surprisingly I found an adult female!

On the 14th of July I headed t forests of Melkoniemi and saw a Siberian Jay. I also heard a couple of Common Crossbills. Then I went to check a traditional breeding-pool of a Red-throetd Diver and it was nice to see that there was one young bird with an adult. During the day I went running to Siikalahti and heard a singing Greenish Warbler in Huhmarinen and a Crested tit and a Chiffchaff in Muttelinmäki.

On the 15th day I heard a Spotted Nutcracker calling in Kangaskylä and on the next day there was a family of Barnacle Geese behind the market. In Siikalahti I saw a Great White Egret, a couple of Great Bitterns and heard a Golden Oriole. On the 17th day I saw a Goldfinch and a Linnet in Kangaskylä. On the next days I saw only some of the same birds again.

On the 20th of July we headed to Saari with Hanna and Elissa. The first stop was made in Akanvaara Tetrisuo where Hanna heard a Quail shortly but with Elissa we missed it. In Pohjanranta I found a rare butterfly when a Large Copper flew in front of me. Luckily Hanna managed to get pictures of it. In Jyrkilä we saw a Whimbrel and a couple of Ruffs and in Kanavalampi a White-tailed Eagle. After we had checked all places, we still went to try to listen to the Quail. It wasn’t calling but we saw a Black Kite soaring over the field.

On the 21st of July we had again SSP-ringing. Morning was really good but when it was getting hot there weren’t so many birds on the mist-nets. We caught 14+2c Sedge Warblers, 14+1c Willow Warblers, 3 Blyth’s Reed Warblers, 3 Reed Buntings, 2+1c Common Whitethroats, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Common Rosefinches, a Wren, a Tree Pipit, a Garden Warbler and a Greenfinch. We also saw 7 Grey Herons and heard a Black Woodpecker.

In the afternoon we went to see butterflies and saw lots of Silver-washed Fritillaries and again one Purple Emperor which has been more common than ever. In the afternoon I still went running and saw a Grass Snake which is much rarer than ordinary Viper. In the evening I still visited Siikalahti and a Reed Warbler was singing beautifully there.

During the week we didn’t see many new birds; on the 23rd day we went to check the situation with Grey Wagtails in Lahnanen and saw a male bird, so maybe there is a breeding pair after all. On the 25th day there were again 2 Great White Egrets in Siikalahti. During the night at 25th and 26th day I went to twitch the Quail that I had dipped last time and now it was calling actively. It changed place surprisingly much in the big field. I also heard a Golden Plover and saw a Nightjar there in Akanvaara Tetrisuo.

Bigger dark butteflies weren’t common anymore and only a female Poplar Admiral was seen. But now it was time for Map Butterfiles and there dark second-generation butterflies were seen here and there. Also a big invasion of Painted Ladies arrived again and they were everywhere. Also the first Peacock Butteflies were finally seen.

On the 27th of July we had the warmest SSP-ringing in our short history. It was already 18,5 degrees before the sun was rising and when we stopped it was almost 30 degrees. But birds were caught pretty well, especially Sedge Warblers. We caught altogether 24+4c Sedge Warblers, 7+1c Willow Warblers, 5 Blyth’s Reed Warblers, 3 Greenfinches, 2+1c Reed Buntings, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Common Whitethroates, a Garden Warbler, a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Robin, a Whinchat and a Song Thrush. While ringing we heard a Two-barred Crossbill that was migrating towards west.

J.A.