Friday, October 12, 2012

A day without the rain

Finally - a day without any rain. Only one during last nine days. The morning is chilly and seems that many birds has migrated and Geese migration is slightly less numerous today. Although we have seen more Barnacle`s than yesterday, the numbers here are very small. Altogether 13 500 Geese has been counted on migration. And Bewick`s Swan/ väikeluik Cygnus columbianus having again small movement - 67m (best for the autumn season). 
Sparrowhawk/ raudkull Accipiter nisus migration is slightly ending - only 83 individuals today, but bigger brother is now starting: best for the autumn season for Goshawk/ kanakull Accipiter gentilis 6m. And also first movement of White-tailed Eagles/ merikotkas Haliaeetus albicilla - 5m. 
Calm sea enabled us to scope birds making stopover on the sea. At least 750 Velvet Scoters/tõmmuvaeras Melanitta fusca, 1,500 Long-tailed Ducks/ aul Clangula hyemalis and 15 Red-throated Divers/ punakurk-kaur Gavia stellata has been counted in the southwestern and southern part of the island. 
Serins/ koldvint Serinus serinus had today best movement of the autumn season - 5 migrating + local birds in the garden. 
Today there has been again several late migrants on the island - 1 House Martin/ räästapääsuke Delichon urbicum in a Swallow flock, 1 Willow Warbler/ salu-lehelind Phylloscopus trochilus and 1-2 Yellow Wagtails/ hänilane Motacilla flava
Theoretically it is still possible to see 100 species in a day on Kihnu island. Our bird survey team recorded today 94 species of birds (92 of those nearby field station). Good number for mid-October.


The second Boreal Owl from the last night

Autumn colors are in the peak

Flock of Tree Sparrows have visited the spit in the morning

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker

Like Estonian Gibraltar - Common Buzzards are circling in the thermals to gain some 500 m altitude and leave to the sea

The local 1-year White-tailed Eagle flew over our watchpoint today, while 5 other migrated south over the sea

Our staging Brent Goose flock has changed their diet to nibbling off the  green,  rock-covering algae
Raptor nets catch also Thrushes. Photo by Tarvo Valker. 

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