Birdwatcher's Log: 13.05.21

Yesterday I went to the meadow, which is located on the outskirts of the city near the river. This is where my next birdwatching tour will take place, so I still had to build a route.


The first I came across was The common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos).
He wandered along the muddy shore and actively ate the insects living there. He also squeaked periodically, but he has a rather unpleasant voice.
I managed to take a lot of photos and video.


While I was doing this,The white wagtail (Motacilla alba) arrived. It's funny, but the sandpiper, like the wagtail, actively shakes its tail.


Walking along the coast, I often met birds of the chiffchaff family.
This one The willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) sat at the top of a bush and sang a song, sometimes changing location.


This one Siberian chiffchaff (Phylloscopus (collybita) tristis also lives somewhere nearby, in places where there are bushes.
Then I moved away from the bushes growing near the coast and went out into the meadow.


There I was met by these guys - The Siberian stonechat or Asian stonechat (Saxicola maurus).
I saw many different situations. In some places, these guys fought, and they could fight three. And the females were nearby. Apparently the fight was over territory.


In some places of the meadows tall bushes or single trees grow. And near one such tree I found The common whitethroat (Curruca communis). The bird jumped on the branches and pecked something from the leaves. I turned on the sound of these birds on the speaker, and the bird began to sing.


In the bushes near the lake, I heard The bluethroat (Luscinia svecica).
This nightingale flew into the air and showed himself, this is mating behavior. He turned out to be not shy at all and I managed to take some high-quality close-up photos and videos.


In general, some of the most numerous birds in this meadow are Siberian stonechats and The western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava).
These yellow graceful birds are not very shy, and you can carefully examine them even from a distance of 3 meters. When I was resting, they were around me!


On the lake I saw two ducks, they were The northern shoveler (Spatula clypeata), male and female. They just swam next to each other, at first they got scared of me, and then they got used to it. Soon they flew away somewhere far away.


While I was resting, on the other side of the lake, I heard The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus). I turned on the voice of the cuckoo on the speaker, and this male reacted immediately.
The fact is that, as I said, there are very few trees in this meadow, and the cuckoo sits on the branches of the trees. And the distance between single trees can be very large. Therefore, I had to run a lot and work hard to take some photos and videos of this bird.


After a while, I sat down to rest by the water, and as soon as I relaxed, I heard a familiar song, it was The yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella). This bird did not give me a rest, but I got good pictures.


The weather began to deteriorate, clouds appeared and it seemed that it was going to rain. It's time to go back. But then I heard The Eurasian wryneck or northern wryneck (Jynx torquilla). I had to wade through dry thickets, which crunched loudly and unmasked me.
But even in spite of this, it turned out to approach this bird as close as possible. By the way, this is a female. And the male was far away and screamed, it was he who reacted to the sound of the bait, sang along in response, but he himself remained in place. And the female flew next to me.


The common raven (Corvus corax) flew somewhere in the sky. And for some reason he flew with an open beak.

On this I went home. The route has been completed, it remains to wait for good weather at the weekend and then I will arrange a bird tour of these places.