I never even suspected it would be boring.

And it wasn’t. Quite the contrary. I was looking forward to this particular field trip and it turned out to be one of my favorites. I didn’t take a single photo of the birds because I didn’t bring my camera and the one in my phone just doesn’t quite cut it. So here are some of Heikki’s spottings!

I listed the ones we saw at the bottom of this post.

I recommend going out now! It’s the season!

The biggest crowd will probably be out on Saturday when Battle of the Towers takes place.

Battle of the Towers

Source: Birdlife Finland

Everyone’s welcome to visit all the towers and they hold guided bird tours near most of them at 10 AM. Attendance is free!

Towers and their respective teams (so far) in Jyäskylä:

  • Hämeenlahti Bay, Hämeen Pissijät
  • Pitkäruoho, Kysytään Yleisöltä
  • Hyrkkölä, Juurikkajärvi Lake, Allihuuppa

The largest bird-watching event of the spring

Battle of the Towers is a light-hearted competition arranged by Birdlife Finland. The idea is to spot as many different species as one can in eight hours. It’s annually held in early May and anyone can enter. So form a team or come visit the towers as guests.

The next battle takes place in May 6th between 5 AM and 1 PM.

Our bird-watching trip

We spotted the following species on our field trip:

Canadian goose
Crane
Finch
Swan
Crow
Lapwing
Jackdaw
Magpie
Tricky
Mallard
Merganser
Grey gull
Blue tit
Jay
Great tit
Blackbird
Redwing
Willow tit
Grey-headed woodpecker
Dunnock
Coal tit
Raven
Tundra swan
Oystercatcher
Common gull
Black-headed gull
Fieldfare
Eurasian siskin
Bean goose
Curlew
Common teal
Robin
Starling
Hen harrier
Wood pigeon
Kestrel
Sandpiper

We also heard a Great spotted woodpecker, a Black woodpecker and a black grouse.

//Anne

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