Male Common Scoters Melanitta nigra are starting their moulting migration. Today morning 390 individuals has been counted on migration. Around 20% of the birds were females, suprisingly high rate for July migration. Also Velvet Scoters Melanitta fusca had the best morning so far with some 190 individuals (95% males).
Best autumn migration number also for Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus - a flock of 16 passed the southern tip of the island. Two juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers Dendrocopos major has been wondering around for several days now, but they are not yet keen to cross the sea. Mati photographed the Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto during the lunch time. Seems that this bird is slightly increasing again after some years decline in Estonia. It was already 5th sighting for me in Estonia during this spring and my 2nd on Kihnu island. /T.V./