Friday, August 3, 2012

Evening with Swifts

Last two mornings has been very few migration again. Seems that main migration of adult waders is almost over for now and juveniles hasn`t started their journey yet. 
But today evening has been calm and sunny with nice bird movement. I did evening sitewatching at the southern tip between 19.30-21.30 and during those two hours I counted 250 migrating Swifts Apus apus (best for the autumn season). Late July and early August is main migration time for the south rushing Swifts. The best count in Estonia has been 24.07.2007 at S├Árve bird station when unusual 34,000 Swifts were counted in one day. Other migrants in the evening - Grey Heron Ardea cinerea - 14, Greenshank Tringa nebularia - 6, Curlew Numenius arquata - 4, Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola - 4. Five Tree Sparrows Passer montanus in the garden today morning- first sightning at the southern tip during the autumn bird survey.

Adult Sanderling Calidris alba. One of the four most arctic distributed wader species. Photo by Tarvo Valker.

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