Sunday, July 22, 2012

Waders paradise

Today morning was rather quiet again for seawatching. Andrus has been encountered 4,000 Cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo fishing on sea, but other activity was very low.
But waders saved our day. We recorded altogether 15 species of waders today - especially good numbers feeding on algae just next to our doorstep. Kihnu island seems to be one of the best place for Calidris species in Estonia at the moment. Today`s counts of Dunlin Calidris alpina reached up to 500 individuals with some 20 Curlew Sandpipers Calidris ferruginea and few Little Stints Calidris minuta. New species for the autumn season was one Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus. Birds seems to move a lot here - we did 4 counts and got every time a bit different numbers and also species. 
Dunlins and Ringed Plovers. Photo: Tarvo Valker

Local garden bird Crested Lark Galerida cristata has been around also today. Summerstorm is coming again to Kihnu. Wind now occasionally 11 m/s and tommorrow it should increase up to 16 m/s.

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