Friday, August 31, 2012

The first day with the real migration!

It was so far the best and first good migration day in autumn season of Kihnu. The last day of August have sent to the swallows a signal for departure - Altogether over 5000 swallows has been migrating: 3341 Barn Swallows / suitsupääsuke (Hirundo rustica) and 1681 House Martins / räästapääsuke (Delichon urbica). The raptors migration is also going up. The 74 individuals of Sparrowhawk / raudkull (Accipiter nisus) is the best number counted and 14 migrating Kestrels / tuuletallaja (Falco tinnunculus) is new mark as well. The new migratory raptor is Hobby / lõopistrik (Falco subbuteo) – 3 birds have seen by Margus. Additionally small numbers of other raptors have seen: Marsh Harrier / roo-loorkull (Circus aeruginosus) 3, Honey Buzzard / herilaseviu (Pernis apivorus) 2, Osprey / kalakotkas (Pandion haliaetus) 1 and mighty Peregrine Falcon / rabapistrik (Falco peregrinus) 1 individual. From long distant migrants the 2 Golden Orioles / peoleo (Oriolus oriolus) and one Cuckoo / kägu (Cuculus canorus) has been recorded. The several new landbird species has been appeared today – 5 Fieldfares / hallrästas (Turdus pilaris), 4 Common Crossbills / kuuse-käbilind (Loxia curvirostra), 2 Bramblings / põhjavint (Fringila montfringilla) and 1 Treecreeper / porr (Certhia familiaris).

From the seabirds – first 19 individuals of Scaups / merivart (Aythya marila) has been observed. The staging Cormorants / kormoran (Phalacrocorax carbo) are still present in good numbers 2592 ind. At the same time most of the local terns are already gone. 

The adult male Honey Buzzard / herilaseviu in migration. /Photo M. Ellermaa/

The Peregrine Falcon / rabapistrik. /Photo M.Ellermaa/

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