first bird

Subject: first bird
From: Harry Nyström <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:14:51 +0200
Happy New Year to all birding-aus readers also from Finland!

Not much to report from here. The winter has been exceptionally warm thus
far, and even though I live in the northern part of Finland, we lost the
little snow we had left just after Christmas (unfortunately it was a
"black" Christmas in most parts), but luckily had some fresh snow on New
Year's eve to bring some light into the darkness.

The first bird for me was a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) on
my bird feeder, and two lovely European Crested Tits (Lophophanes
cristatus) waiting in line. Other birds were a Great Tit (Parus major), a
Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) and a Common Magpie (Pica pica) without
forgetting the resident 3 Eurasian Red Squirrels. Still 2-3 months to go
until spring finally kicks in gear - seems like forever at the moment.

This winter is predicted to be good for Aurora Borealis, and even though
we've had a few decent displays until now, it's been too cloudy to see
anything in 3 weeks. Here's hoping that the skies will clear out and the
fires in the sky will lit up.

1.1.2014 14.13 kirjoitti "Vader Willem Jan Marinus" <>:

> In Tromsø, N. Norway, there is not all that much choice this time a year,
> nor is there much daylight. This year the Black-billed Magpie won ut over
> the Hooded Crow ,and these are the two birds I have seen hitherto; on the
> other hand, there are many of them. We have overcast weather, light frost,
> after we have had temperatures just above freezing for most of the
> Christmas holidays---first time in my 40 years here--, and there is about 2
> ft of snow on the ground. Few land birds, although the occasional Great and
> Willow Tit show up at my feeders, and there are House Sparrows here and
> there in town.
> Yesterday Riet and i walked along the shore of the sound here (That never
> freezes over) and there are more birds there: Flocks of Northern Eider, a
> few Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser. Herring and Great
> Black-backed Gulls and Great Cormorants. A Winter-clad Black Guillemot was
> unexpected, we rarely see them in town.
> I wish all Birding-Aussers an excellent 2014, at home, at work and at play.
>                                              Wim Vader, Tromsø Museum
>  9037 Tromsø, Norway
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