Around Pori

When I was sitting at work during the week there was a Long-billed Dowitcher staying in Pori, Western Finland. I started to think that if it stays there until the weekend I will go to twitch it, but unfortunately it disappeared in the end of the week. But then on Thursday evening a Daurian Shrike was found nearby in Nakkila so I didn’t really had to think twice… The bird was reported again on Friday so after work I left immediately. I picked up Sampsa Cairenius and Mikael Rytkönen at Lappeenranta and then we had a long way to drive.

Finally at 7 p.m. we were in Nakkila and saw the Daurian Shrike immediately. Then we walked 300 metres along a small field-road to where other twitchers were already photographing the bird. We also managed to get really good pictures when the bird flew to the bushes jus t10 metres from us. There were also amazing flocks of Ruffs, about 800 birds on the fields and a Peregrine Falcon was chasing them. Also 2 Hen Harriers and a Merlin were seen.

We photographed the shrike until late evening and then I called to my old friend Hannes Tiira and he promised that we could stay night on his summer cottage in Pori Preiviiki. After we had eaten in ABC we continued there to sleep. Once we woke up at night to listen at least a couple of Tawny Owls and an Eagle Owl calling.

On the 3rd of September we left birding early. We first drove to Kirrinsanta shores and pool where we saw several Caspian Terns, a couple of Dunlins and Little Stints and a Sanderling and so on. After a breakfast we continued to Yyteri where we walked for few hours and found 65 Dunlins, 29 Little Stints, 4 Knots, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, a Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Shelducks, a Merlin, 4 Red-throated Pipits and so on.

Finally we walked back to parking place and started to drive towards east. We still visited Leistilänjärvi but the shrike either hadn’t been there at all or had been killed by a Sparrowhawk. After 10 p.m. I was finally in Parikkala, another successfull twitch behind.

On the 4th of September we visited Siikalahti shortly. There were still very few birds: just some smallish flocks of Wigeons, 46 Whooper Swans, 80 Coots, a Smew and a couple of calling Water Rails.

J.A.