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New book about the birds in Slītere National Park, Kolka

 

In a popular science manner, the book introduces the reader to the ornithofauna research history of the Slitere surroundings and provides an insight of the birds nesting in Slītere. A separate section is devoted to the bird migration, since Cape Kolka located within the territory of Slītere National park is the best place for the observations of bird migration in Latvia.


This edition will be interesting for both bird experts, and those who have just set off for the journey of getting to know the astonishing world of birds. The book is written in Latvian with an extensive summary in English.


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Bird Guide Training at Kökar

 

On the 11–13.10.2019 the second bird guide training was held at Klobbars on Kökar. Ten interested nature lovers and birdwatchers from Sweden, Finland and Åland attended the training. As a trainer we had Mikko Oivukka, a professional bird guide, and Ari Linna and Tarja  Pajari, both professional birdwatchers. The education interspersed theory with practical exercises out on Kökar. According to the questionnaire, education succeeded excellently. 


Klobbars as a place is very suitable for this kind of activities and the inauguration of Skinnars Bird Tower was a very successful highlight on Saturday. In the inauguration, nearly 30 people took part.

The training contained the basics which guide needs to plan, implement and evaluate a birdwatching event. Oivukka described the importance of creating a product so that you can market it in a good way.

Invasion of Red-Footed Falcons at Cape Kolka


This year, at the end of August, several hundreds of red-footed falcons (Falco vespertinus) could be observed gathered together in one place – Cape Kolka. Usually one can encounter these interesting birds in the open areas – flying, floating in the air or sitting on the electric cables, dried tree-branches or the tips of the poles. A red-footed falcon is a small, beautiful bird of prey whose natural range spreads from the Hungarian steppes in Europe to the Baikal region in Asia. Nevertheless, news regarding the possible nesting of these bird species in Latvia is extremely controversial.  


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Spring birding at Kolka

 

In the morning of March 28th 2020, within the framework of Baltic Wings project, Ruslans Matrozis carried out the counting of migrating terrestrial, sea and water birds at Cape Kolka. During five hours (6 am–11 am), 6350 birds of at least 57 species were counted. The weather conditions were favourable – mild wind, sunny, temperature reaching up to + 8 C°.
The migration of terrestrial birds this year in comparison to the inventories of the previous years, in the similar dates at the end of ­March, was lower, even despite the relatively good ­meteoro­logical conditions at the time of counting. Presumably...


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Photo: Niclas Ahlberg

Photo hide on Gotland, Sweden

 

A mobile photo hide, mainly for photography of white-tailed and golden eagles along the coast on Gotland, is being built. The hide will be equipped for three to four photographers and it will be possible to stay over night. All nature lovers are welcome to a close encounter with majestic eagles on Gotland!

Virtual Birdfair 2020 – Covid adaption

 

The early event, Birdfair at Rutland waters in the UK, was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic but an online version was launched instead in August 2020. Baltic Wings had a virtual stand to inform about the birds and birding in the Central Baltic area. Click here to join the Virtual Birdfair 2020.

Birdfair at Rutland Waters, UK

 

The British Birdwatching Fair or Birdfair is an annual event for birdwatchers, held every August at Rutland Water in England. It is the best event for marketing birdwatching sites and destinations and a perfect opportunitiy for Baltic Wings to promote the central Baltic area as a birding destination. Thousands of birdwatchers and nature lovers come to learn more about birdwatching trips, bird conservation and to look at birds in art. A large number of suppliers of binoculars, cameras, books, clothing and other birdwatching equipment display and sell their wares. There are also lectures and other attractions.


Föreningen Närsholmen represented Baltic Wings at the Birdshow, promoting all partner countries.


Bike nature trail on Gotland

 

Föreningen Närsholmen, our partner on Gotland, has posted 16 signs along a bicycle route in the south east part of the island Gotland.

 

Local groups are organising the trail, building a small bridge for bikes and cutting grass along the route near the coast. There will be bikes to rent along with binoculars, a map over local sights and interesting fauna and flora. Field guides, binoculars and lunch or just coffee and buns – “fika” as the Swedes call it – can be ordered for a long and rewarding day out in the field.

 

The bike nature trail passes two birding towers with excellent birding opportunities for golden eagles, white-tailed eagles, waders, barnacle geese and many other species, depending on season.


Click here for pdf of the map

 

New exhibition at Kolka

 

A new exhibition at Slītere National Park dedicated to the Calidris
waders has been opened. Its main hero is the the Curlew sandpiper, who migrates all the way from the Russian tundra to Africa! At the exhibition you will find fascinating facts about the Curlew sandpiper and much more.
You can learn to recognize and differentiate among various Calidris species, learn interesting facts and enjoy beautiful bird drawings by visiting this exhibition located on the 4th floor of Šlītere lighthouse near Kolka cape.


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Info points on Gotland – signs at top birding spots

 

Information signs to the eleven info points at the best birding sites on Gotland have been produced during the winter and spring and have now been put up out in the field.

Joint info materials


Baltic Wings joint information folders have been printed with a special cover folder for all partners to insert their partner folders into for a joint project look.
















Checklist printed


A joint species list over the Central Baltic area has been printed. The bird names are in English, Latin and all partner languages. The list, as well as all other material, is for free. Please contact your national partner to get your copy. For a pfd of the list, click here.

Gotland PR and info materials


On Gotland the production of local information folders is proceeding according to the plans, highlightening the typical Gotland birds as well as exotic seasonal guests to the island.

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