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During year 2019 I will bicycle with electric motor assist and attempt to see SPONTANEOUSLY 200 bird species in Lahti region, Finland.

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  • Heart of the winter

    Last week I had slightly better luck. On friday I had a day off and cycled 22 kilometres in the countryside. The sun was shining but it was rather windy. It was beautiful day but no birds anywhere – total emptiness. My strategy this year has been simple – spend no time at the “eBird” (tiira.fi) and find your own spontaneous birds at good birding spots. I did find Black…

  • Snow!

    The second day of the year started with a snow storm. The landscape were suddenly covered with white. During the weekend I rode 35 kilometres. I continued my Nuthatch chase in the village – no sightings yet. I also went to see Arctic Redpoll to Kujala dump area. I found it easily but couldn’t find any for my spontaneous list. I found 10 regular species for the year during the…

  • New year

    The first day of the year started with a miserable weather. There was a snow storm in the night and in the morning it started to pour ice cold rain. The roads were covered with slush and ice and the day was a real test for by bike. Pedaling in the slush is pretty easy though. The ice surface is a bit harder. I still have to change tires for…

  • About the year 2019 challenge

    During the year 2019 I will bicycle with electric motor assist and attempt to see SPONTANEOUSLY 200 bird species in Lahti region, Finland. (Päijät-Häme) Background I’ve had the “Big Year” previously in Lahti region in the year 2013. I droved 5 000 kilometres by bicycle, listed 221 species, 209 of the them spontaneously (including received information of migration and migrating individuals which I managed to see in another patch). The…

  • 12 h birding race by e-bike

    December 1, 2018 was the traditional winter birding race in Lahti region, Finland. I participated first time by e-bike. Actually I raced only 8 hours because the rest of the time is completely dark in Finland in December. There was too much wind for owls so I thought it could have been waste of time shivering in the dark rural road. The weather was nice but there was too much…

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    List of birds 2019

    200 "easiest"

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    200 “easiest” year birds

    * List of birds 2019 – 200 “easiest” year birds in Lahti region * The 200 “easiest” year birds in Lahti region, marked with grey rows Currently  #32, January 13th * Possible but hard to find ** Keep in mind, worth of trying *** Accidental 20–30 species of the easiest 200 could have one star but now marked with +, especially when trying to find them spontaneously and with by…

  • My Patch

    My patch lies just 200 meters from home, 10 kilometers from Lahti and Orimattila city centres. The area consists of River Rengonjoki, fields, village and mixed woodland. The river resembles a narrow ditch that you can almost jump over. The river floods in spring and attracts waterfowl, waders and geese. I try to get to the site every day. At least I take a quick glance to it when I’m…

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    e-Bike

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    eBike pros & cons

    * e-Bike pros & cons * Electric mountain bike vs. normal bike PROS & CONS – Bird watching point of view PROS + you can carry heavier load and it doesn’t really affect to your pedaling. You can drive longer distance with heavy load with no effort + uphills and headwinds are piece of cace + you can access tough places e.g. you can drive in the field or bad condition…

  • Eco year 2013

    Vuonna 2013 keräsin ekopinnoja Päijät-Hämeessä. Ajoin vuoden aikana noin 5 000 kilometriä polkupyörällä ja havaitsin 221 lintulajia, niistä 209 spontaanisti. Sain toki tietoa lintutilanteesta, lintujen liikkeistä ja retkeilin muiden harrastajien kanssa. Joistakin havainnoista on vaikea sanoa olivatko ne spontaaneja vai ei. Voit lukea tästä artikkelin joka on julkaistu Päijät-Hämeen linnut -lehdessä. I’ve had the “Big Year” previously in Lahti region in the year 2013. I droved 5 000 kilometres by…