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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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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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Stakeholder meeting at Kolka


On February 14th 2020, The Nature Conservation Agency organized a seminar in the village Kolka “Birds at Cape Kolka – Opportunities for the Sustainable Tourism Development at Slitere National Park”. Invitations to participate in this seminar were sent to the local entrepreneurs of the tourism industry, representatives of the municipality and other interested parties, who conduct or plan to conduct their activities in Dundaga region and which are related to Slitere National Park.


Several presentations were provided during the seminar, which where met with great interest among the listeners.


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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

 

Photo: Niclas Ahlberg

Cape Kolka in autumn


In autumn, the migration of birds at Cape Kolka is full of surprises. In autumn, the migration of birds is a large-scale event. The bottle-neck effect, which caused high concentration of birds at Cape Kolka during their migration in spring, is no longer at play. In autumn, the travelling birds move slower, they tend to stay in the suitable feeding grounds for a longer time. There are many new specimens among them, which come from the territories, which are not densely populated. Therefore, they are bold and are not afraid of humans. It allows us to observe these birds from a very short distance.


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Info points on Gotland – sign production finished

 

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.


The beautiful watercolour drawings are made by Peter Nilsson, a world class bird painter living on our neighbouring island Öland. Föreningen Närsholmen is extremely happy with his fantastic work!

Joint info materials printed


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.

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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