Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crested Lark still in action

After some holiday days, I arrived back Kihnu island. Mariliis (known as "Rari Mari - Rarity Mary"), also joined Kihnu birding for several days with her friend Helen and daughter Marta. When I tried to go out from my car to open the gate of our base, Mariliis already spotted a passerine feeding just next to our car. When we got our bins on it, it was very obivious that it is Crested Lark Galerida cristata, found few days ago. Later, having nice barbecue, we saw two individuals in our garden.
Barbecue point - Crested Lark

Grillipunkt - tuttlõoke

Another nice suprise was good numbers of waders on stopover. Numbers at southern tip reached higher than ever before during this autumn season. Altogether 11 species of waders has been encountered, including 240 Dunlins Calidris alpina, 2 Sanderlings Calidris alba, 3 Curlew Sandpipers Calidris ferruginea, 1 Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus and 4 Turnstones Arenaria interpres. All those birds were adults, juveniles migration will take place later in August.

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