Birds spotted in May – July

Every year my wife and I are counting the individual bird species we spot each month. Always in the beginning of the year, we reset the list and start over again. Once we have seen a species for the first time in the year, we add it to the present months list. Sometimes we are very lucky and spot a bird we have never seen before. In bird nerd language this is called a life bird or a lifer. In this article I will be listing the birds spotted in the months of May to July.

List of species

Months May to July have been a bit lazy with regards to birding. We have quite a large garden and were working non stop with very little possibilities to go to the woods. Although we only were able to spot 7 new bird species those are fantastic sightings. Below you find a list of species of birds spotted in May, June and July. All of those birds have been spotted either around our house or just a couple of kilometers away.

    • Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus)
    • Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
    • Ural owl (Strix uralensis)
    • Golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
    • Spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
    • Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops)
    • House martin (Delichon urbica)

Life birds

Compared to January, February, March and April we spotted one lifer. It’s the beautiful Golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus). The bird was perching on a tree in our garden but the light wasn’t good enough to take a decent picture. We did see it a couple of times again when walking the dogs but I didn’t bring a camera.

Ural owl

The Ural owl (Strix uralensis) is a large nocturnal owl that lives in small numbers in the forests surrounding us here in the Przemysl foothills. Our neighbor was working in the forest and told me about a bird he saw making strange noises and believed it was a buzzard. This draw my attention and my wife and did a little bike tide to the forest. After a while I was able to spot a large adult bird perching in the trees. I took a couple of shots and we were about to leave the forest again. When I walked back to my wife I literally almost fell over a chick. I had to pinch me in the arm but the chick was still there. We were obviously way to close and slowly walked away. After taking a picture we decided to give them some space and returned home. My wife an I are very cautious and respectful when it comes down to wildlife watching and even more careful when young ones are around. Hence I waited a couple of days and went there alone. I tracked down a tree where two chicks were perching. What I also noticed was that a pine martin was showing up (already last time we saw it). When leaving the forest I found an Ural owl chick leg. At first I was quite sad about this finding but what ever animal did that needs to eat as well and maybe this was the work of the martin.

Some impressions

Find below a couple of birds spotted in May – July and caught on camera. I usually use a 500mm f/4 lens that gives me enough space between the bird and me and makes sure I don’t distract my little friends.

ural owl

Ural owl

ural owl

Ural owl

red backed shrike

red backed shrike

red backed shrike

red backed shrike

Hoopoe

hoopoe

ural owl

Ural owl

ural owl

Ural owl

ural owl

Ural owl

red backed shrike

red backed shrike

spotted flycatcher

Spotted flycatcher

house martin

House martin

rauchschwalbe

barn swallow

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