2014 Belarus, Turow

Late May (22-25) we visited Turow area in Belarus.
Prypiat floodplain was at this time quite dry because of short snow cover during winter of 2013/2014.
Birding was nice, though the temperature exceeded 30 C.
We used help of Dymitrij Vincheski - without his knowledge we would not find many nice birds and villages.

The valley of Prypiat is in southern Blearus:

Turow area is a an elevated souther bank of the river with some old and new settlements.
Main targets of this trip were AZURE TIT and TEREK SANDPIPER. Both seen well and recorded:)
We recorded at least two pairs of Azure Tit with nest and probably third one - a single bird.
One of the most spectacular observation was of a birds facing Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) just by the village house. The old lady living there said - "oh yes I know all the guys from London, Holland and who knows where from come here to take pictures of this tiny bird. Snakes? Yes we have plenty of them in garden, in the basement". The nest hole was just hald a meter from the ground. The other nest was located in flooded willow woodland also maybe 50 cm over water level.

Prypyat River, calm and full of biting flies (no mosquitos!)

Local White Storks mostly use electric poles but without platforms. Nests like this are currently very unique.

Great leeches in great river

Volkovysk orthodox church in the middle of large blocks quarter. Shiny and new

Azure Tit video:

2014 MAJ fotonotes

10 V pliszka górska w Białowieży (obs A.Aleksiejczuk). Rzadki gość na PPodlasiu

Czwartego maja prawdopodobna MEWA CIENKODZIOBA nad Biebrzą (fot M.Skakuj). Druga obserwacja w Regionie, czwarta w Polsce o ile uzyska akceptację KF.
2-3 V szczudłak na Siemianówce (obs Ł.Krajewski)

2014 MAY fotonotes

Three Marsh Sandpipers were recorded in Brzostowo on Friday 30/5. We even saw one individual briefly on the evening before. One singing Greenish Warbler in the "Square Park" in Goniadz 25th of May. Two Greenish Warbler in Palace Park in Bialowieca on 27-28 Of May. (Kjell Anderson)

Single Grey Wagtail in Bialowieza - rare visitor in the area on 10 V

Dotterels again recorded near Ostrowek, Orla (11 ind on 1st May).

On 4th May possible SLENDER BILLED GULL in Biebrza Marshes - second record for the area, 4th for Poland if accepted
2-3 May single Black-winged Stilt at Siemianowka Lake