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Thursday, 29 July 2010


Pallas's Sandgrouse in Eastern Finland on 28 July 2010 (Pekka Komi)

Following irruptive numbers in Kazakhstan and further west in June, a PALLAS'S SANDGROUSE was today discovered in Eastern Finland not far from the border at Askola in Lappeenranta region. The bird was showing very well on an old landfill site and was commuting back and- forth to a small muddy pool - Pekka Komi obtained an image of it - and was seen by many Finnish observers throughout the afternoon and evening.

Flights from Britain via RyanAir are still relatively inexpensive as I write and may well be worth it considering just how rare this species is in the Western Palearctic......