This was another good day of songbird migration. Although the morning movement started later than usual and flocks often did not went straight out to the sea, some 7000 Chaffinches / metsvint Fringilla coelebs and 2300 Siskins / siisike Carduelis spinus and first 6 Bramblings / põhjavint Fringilla montfringilla, has been recorded.
The first flock of Coal Tits / musttihane Parus ater with 12 individuals appeared today’s morning and to our surprise, wasted no much time and started the flight over the sea. So far we have not yet seen any flocks of more common tits starting to the sea crossing. Could it be indicating strong influx of these blackish tits?
During the last night, our radar system, especially vertical radar has recorded intensive night time migration of probably insectivorous songbirds. As proof of the existence of the songbirds night shift, we have observed quite some late long distant insectivorous songbirds around our field station: Common Redstart / aed-lepalind P. Phoenicuros 2 -3, Willow Warbler / salu-lehelind Phylloscopus trochilus 2, Whitethroat / pruunselg-põõsalind Sylvia communis 1, Lesser Whitethroat / väike-põõsalind Sylvia curucca 1, Spotted Flycatcher / hall-kärbsenäpp Muscicapa striata 2 and even 2 Whinchats / kadakatäks Saxicola ruberta.
At the sea there was the best activity of Arctic waterfowl during the last week – we have counted 172 Velvet Scoters/ tõmmuvaeras Melanitta fusca , 52 Common Scoters / mustvaeras Melanitta nigra and 35 unidentified Scoters/ vaeras Melanitta sp. in migration.
|Sudden light burst from the strip of clear sky during the sunset forced me to grab a gear and run out to catch the on of the best best light I have seen in Kihnu|
|There was quite some insectivorous songbirds dropped down around our station in the morning. Spotted Flyctacher sitting in the branch of the rowan tree.|
|The Dutch travel and lifestyle journalist dr. J. Splunter collecting material on the Kihnu culture and lifestyle|
and meet at the moment with the Mare Mätas form the Kihnu cultural heritage foundation