Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Species day!

Summertime at Kihnu! It has been the best species day of October at Kihnu island - we recorded exactly 100 species!
Early morning, me and Margus are sitewatching. Suddenly we hear the call which can belong only to Pine Grosbeak/ männileevike Pinicola enucleator. It is quite uncommon migrant in Estonia, so we must find the bird to be 100% sure on ID. After few minutes Margus manage to find nice male Pine Grosbeak taking off from the tree and going for the migration with constant calls. After one hour we hear again one bird flying over - possibly the same individual but it could be easily also new one. Today 2 Pine Grosbeaks has been ringed also at Kabli Bird Station (about 30 km from Kihnu island) - so it seems to be good year for them. 
But today we manage to find also many very late migrants, like Tree Pipit/ metskiur Anthus trivialis, Rosefinch/ karmiinleevike Carpodacus erythrinus and Turtle Dove/ turteltuvi Streptopelia turtur.  Beside that we recorded also some more usual late migrants, like Ringed Plover/ liivatüll Charadrius hiaticula, Greenshank/ heletilder Tringa nebularia, Penduline Tit/ kukkurtihane Remiz pendulinus, Black Redstart/ must-lepalind Phoenicurus ochruros, 2 Serins/ koldvint Serinus serinus and 3 Chiffchaff/ väike-lehelind Phylloscopus collybita
Migration in general has been rather quiet compared with yesterday, but best for the autumn season for Razorbill/ alk Alca torda 53m, Fieldfare/ hallrästas Turdus pilaris 1170m and Northern Bullfinch/ leevike Pyrrhyla pyrrhyla 109m.  Also second Twite/ mägi-kanepilind Carduelis flavirostris for the autumn season has been encountered today. 


Waxwing (siidisaba) swallowing the rowan berry. The berry crop is not good in the current autumn and birds consume them quickly

Because of the calm day, Waxwings hunted aerially the flying insects along with berry eating. This kind of insect catching is their regular feeding mode in the boreal breeding range.

Flight acrobatics

Waxwing showing off his extravagant plumage 

Portrait of the male Bullfinch (leevike). We have trapped two males today

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