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/|