Snow and Rollers

Posted on May 5, 2014

Ādaži 

Today I accompanied Edmunds & Ieva to the Ādaži military training area, where there’s another small Roller population. We checked all the nestboxes (I regained my ladder-legs after 10 months at ground level), controlled 2 ringed hoopoes (1 alive & 1 dead, with lots more evidence of martens eating things), found 2 starling clutches and an empty redstart nest and set up a camera trap at a hoopoe box.

Camera trap

Camera trap

Upe upe (photo: Edmunds Račinksis)

Upe upe (photo: Edmunds Račinksis)

Snow

It was truly cold today – colder than any day during the whole British ‘winter’. We even experienced a brief snow shower.

Wildlife

I took my camera, so have some wildlife photos to add to the blog. Some new species to add to the list include: Moose (poo only), Black Grouse* (hen only), Black Woodpecker* & Common Crossbill.

Female sand lizard

Female sand lizard

Hoopoe

Hoopoe

 

…and Rollers!

Towards the end of the afternoon we got a message that a Roller had been seen nearby, so we went for a drive and found 2! I feel quite sorry for them given the cold & lack of insects. It’s amazing to think that their migratory instinct is strong enough to make them leave Africa, overfly the warmth of southern Europe and end up in freezing cold Latvia. Ahwel. The weather is set to improve towards the end of the week, so hopefully these early birds will find some worms to see them through. 

The 1st Roller

The 1st Roller

The 2nd Roller

The 2nd Roller