Monday, July 23, 2012

Stormy day again with a wind reaching up to 14 m/s. Girls went back to mainland, so me and Andrus have to cook by ourselves again. Mariliis left with a nice lifer, Crested Lark and another year tick - Sanderling.
Almost no migration at all today, but weather should change during upcoming days and hopefully that will affect also movement of birds. I spotted today afternoon a flock of 1,500 Starlings Sturnus vulgaris in one filed in the middle of the island. Those birds are most likely waiting for the better weather to move south. 
Happy birders in the kitchen. Photo: Tarvo Valker

Number of Dunlins at the southern tip is increasing every day. Today morning we estimated at least 400 Dunlins Calidris alpina at the beach, but species richness was lower than yesterday. Only new birds today here were 3 adult Grey Plovers Pluvialis squatarola. Crested Lark was not seen today anymore. 
Dunlins. Photo: Tarvo Valker.
Dunlin, a bit closer. Photo: Tarvo Valker

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