Monday, July 30, 2012

Swifts are in the air

On last two mornings, interesting movements has been encountered. Yesterday I did 4 hours sitewatch at the western coast and recorded 11 species of migrating waders. Majority of them were Dunlins Calidris alpina - 100 (second biggest count of the autumn season), followed by Greenshank Tringa nebularia - 24 and Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago - 16 (best of the autumn season). Best numbers of the autumn season also for Turnstone Arenaria interpres - 3, Red Knot Calidris canutus - 3, Ruff Philomachus pugnax - 6 and Shelduck Tadorna tadorna - 2. One Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides was singing briefly in the forest. The numbers of Golden Orioles Oriolus oriolus and juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers Dendrocopos major on the island has increased significantly.
Common Snipes on stopover. Photo by Tarvo Valker

Today morning at the western point - Suarõ nina, was rather quiet. But when I returned back to the southern tip, I noticed movement of south rushing Swifts Apus apus. Between 8.00-9.00, 173 Swifts has been counted on migration and during 2 hours sitewatch I counted altogether 203 migrating Swits. Before that, only very few migrating Swifts has been encountered here.

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