Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Migration at the western coast

Storm is over and weather is calm and warm again. Last two mornings has been very quiet again at the southern tip, but migration on the western side of island has been slightly better. Last two mornings I did 4 hours sitewatch at the western coast again. Yesterday 200 Common Scoters Melanitta nigra passed the area. Today I encountered nice migration of waders - Dunlin Calidris alpina - 160 (best for the autumn season), Greenshank Tringa nebularia - 18, Common Snipe Gallinago Gallinago - 7 and Sanderling Calidris alba - 1.
Numbers of waders on stopover are decreasing rapidly at the southern tip. Today morning only 150 waders has been encountered and by the evening most of them has moved on again. Mudflats at the western side are again attracting more waders - today I encountered there 45 Dunlins Calidris alpina, 2 Sanderlings Calidris alba and 3 Red Knots Calidris canutus.
Evening view from the lighthouse. View to the eastern side of island.

...and to the western side of the island.

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