Today has been the calmest day of September at Kihnu island. First 4 hours without any wind at all, afternoon small northwestern wind. Too calm weather for real migration, but Tits showed the best movement of the autumn season - Blue Tit/ sinitihane Parus caeruleus 48m, Great Tit/ rasvatihane Parus major 106m, Coal Tit/ musttihane Parus ater 75m and first for the autumn season: Long-tailed Tit/ sabatihane Aegithalos caudatus 8m. This year seems to be good Woodpecker invasion - yesterday Timo spotted even new species for the Kihnu island - White-backed Woodpecker/ valgeselg-kirjurähn Dendrocopos leucotos. Today we counted 3 migrating Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers/ väike-kirjurähn Dendrocopos minor (+at least 5 local ones) and also 1 Black Woodpecker/ musträhn Dryocopos martius went to the sea.
Best count of the autumn season also for Wood Pigeon/ kaelustuvi Columba palumbus 170m. Kihnu seems to be good spot for Stock Dove/ õõnetuvi Columba oenas migration - today again 15 individuals passed the cape - the main migration of Doves should presumably take place in early October. Other interesting birds today - Penduline Tit/ kukkurtihane Remiz pendulinus 1m and Grey Wagtail/ jõgivästrik Motacilla cinerea 1m (first of the autumn season).
Local birds at southern tip included today at least 4 White-tailed Eagles/ merikotkas Haliaeetus albicilla, 1 Hobby/ lõopistrik Falco subbuteo, 10 Great White Egrets/ hõbehaigur Egretta alba.
Late evening we went with Mati to the small boat trip to get closer views of local hunting techniques. Methods to get birds off from the islets and closer to the hunting hides looked like modern art. Birding highlight of the boat trip has been 2 juvenile Common Terns/ jõgitiir Sterna hirundo.
|Yesterday I have witnessed how hunter just hit the Wigeon, falling down from the air. The bird was injured and still live, then hunter took him and finished off /Photo M. Kose/|
|Flightless Cormorant near the Aasalaid islet, probably injured by hunters /Photo M. Kose/|
|Tarvo is wondering this bizarre hunting installation on the Aasalaid islet /Photo M. Kose/|
|The last rocks of the Aasalaid iselt /Photo M. Kose/|
|Juvenile Common Terns about to start sleeping /Photo M. Kose/|
|Stretching the wings /Photo M. Kose/|
|Calm and gloomy evening on the sea /Photo M. Kose/|
|Home, sweet home, back to the base in the evening darkness /Photo M. Kose/|