Deeply sorry for having neglected this site for so long. The summer was busy, first following a pair of Goshawks closely, as they raised their chicks to independence, then the same with two pairs of Hobbies in August, and now recently working on migrant raptors mostly in and around Hanko, S Finland. The final preparations for my new book have also taken a heavy toll on the time budget as well as lectures given at Falsterbo Bird Show on Sep 4-6 and the Delta Festival near Barcelona on Sep 17-20. One of the more noteworthy features of this autumn is the unprecedented influx of Black Woodpeckers. These birds are normally regarded sedentary, but in some years they make small movements in Aug-Sep, with a major movement in 2008. This autumn Hanko Bird Observatory has set a new record of 160 migrating BWs between 9-12 Sep, (HBO head Aleksi Lehikoinen on Facebook) with 47 of these being trapped and ringed, practically all juvenile females! The bird above is one of the migrants from Sep 10, when flocks of up to 4 and 5 visited the point.