Biebrza, first full day

Poland, 20 May.

In the morning in Wosnawies, where we arrived yesterday, a hoopoe is calling.

Also: golden oriole; chiffchaff.

Tawny owl call. Fieldfare.

Greater celandine flowering.

Willow warbler. Thrush nightingale.


Sounds of yellowhammer and cuckoo.

Swift. Whitethroat.

Grasshopper warbler sound.

A red squirrel on a coniferous tree.

The bus takes us into the reserve.

Two ravens.

A kestrel.

In the park’s rehabilitation center for injured animals, wild boars; and a female moose with a two-day old calf. And a buzzard in a cage.

A red-breasted flycatcher in the telescope.

Then, a male cuckoo sits in a treetop. We see it calling, while most people usually just hear it.

In the sandy soil of parabole dunes in this part of the reserve, the antlion lives.

A brimstone butterfly.

Mouse-ear hawkweed flowering.

Common juniper shrubs.

An orange tip butterfly.

A tree pipit singing in a tree.

This is a video of a tree pipit near Hilversum, the Netherlands.

A flying hoopoe.

A woodlark.

This is a video of a woodlark made in The Netherlands, Strabrechtse heide.

Then, we see a moose. Not a captive one, like in the rehabilitation center, but a wild one, eating, through the telescope.

Our second stop is in a forest growing on old peat ground.

Someone in our group sees a wood warbler and a wryneck.

Lily of the valley flowering.


Later, a walk on a sandy road.

A skylark takes a sand bath on it.

A great grey shrike.

A dead young grass snake, killed on the road.

A meadow pipit sitting on a birch tree.

A male marsh harrier flies past.

Like the skylark before, a yellowhammer takes a sand bath on the road.

Eastern Poland is famous for a bird which about reaches its western limit here: the barred warbler. Sometimes, we hear it from dense bushes. But it is about as secretive as the little crake of Bialystok. I just managed to see its tail, and movements indicating that it was cleaning its feathers. Others had more luck.

Another traffic victim, this time a sand lizard.

A speckled wood butterfly. The first one which I see in Poland; more common more to the west.

Again, tree frog sounds as the evening approaches.

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