Monday, October 1, 2012

100, 000 birds in 3 hours!

Another intensive morning of visible passerine migration. Unfortunately rainshowers started already around 10:30 a.m, and this took the chance to get very high numbers. Despite the rainy conditions since late morning, it has been another day with over 100, 000 migrants.
Most of the migrants has been passerines - daily total: 127, 000. Among indentified passerines - Chaffinches/ metsvint (Fringilla coelebs) 49 800m and today already remarkable numbers of Bramblings/ põhjavint (Fringilla montifringilla) - 12 900m while numbers of Siskins/ siisike (Carduelis spinus) has been decreased down to 4 450.
Pigeons are about to reach culmination of main migration - Wood Pigeon/ kaelustuvi (Columba palumbus) - 4 630m (new record for the autumn season) and also good day for Stock Dove/ õõnetuvi (Columba oenas) - 76m. Raptors had due to bad weather movement only for first two hours in the morning, but still one of the best days for Sparrowhawk/ raudkull (Accipiter nisus) - 172m and Merlin/ väikepistrik (Falco columbarius) - 6m.
Local birds included today 2 Honey Buzzards/ herilaseviu (Pernis apivorus) and 1 Greenshank/ heletilder (Tringa nebularia) at the harbour.  


Mixed flock of passerines consisting mostly Chaffinches and Bramblings. Photo by Tarvo Valker

"Cloud" of migrating Wood Pigeons. Photo by Tarvo Valker

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