Saturday, July 14, 2012

Lunch suprise

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./

 Very approachable Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) appeared by surprise in the parking lot of the Rock City pub and motel (named according famous historical Kihnu sailing ship). Although the kitchen do not served lunch for us, the pretty rare dove species for Estonia, made our lunch brake.

Üllatuslind Rock-City parklas - kaelus turteltuvi. Eestis viimasel ajal harudlaseks jäänud liik, keda viimati sai nähtud 3-4 aastat tagasi. Täna aga lõunapausi ajal kenasti poseerimas. /M.Kose/

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