Birdwatching in Estonia

May 03 – 12, 2007

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Species List
Ringed Birds

 
 

 

Introduction

From 03 – 12 May, 2007 I spent 10 days in the provinces Pärnumaa, Läänemaa, and Harjumaa on the Estonian west coast. During this time I had the opportunity to watch birds in bogs, forests and wetlands, as well as along the coastline of the Baltic Sea.

Itinerary
May 03, 2007: Arrival at Tallinn  airport by EasyJet from Berlin-Schönefeld at about 10.00. Take-over of a rented car from Europcar and drive via Pärnu to Kabli on the roads 2, 11, and 4 (E67, Via Baltica). The access to the Hotel Lepanina about 2 km south of Kabli, where I stayed the next 5 nights, was well signposted. After arrival in the hotel at about 6.00 in the afternoon short hiking tour along the shoreline in a southerly direction.
May 04, 2007: In the morning due to rain sea-watching from the window of my hotel room. In the afternoon drive to the Nigula Nature Reserve via Massiaru, Uuemaa and the Kaubari Farm. Birdwatching on meadows and farmland between Uuemaa and Lake Nigula (Nigula järv). Short hiking tour to the tower in the Ruunasoo bog and view over the forest and wetland. Return journey via Tali and Häädemeeste.
May 05, 2007: Once again drive via Kabli, Massiaru and Uuemaa to Lake Nigula. Hiking tour on a 7 km long boardwalk across the bog, forests and wetland. In the afternoon return journey via Tali, Häädemeeste and Võiste to Kabli.
May 06, 2007: In the morning drive to the Kabli Ornithological Station. Observation of bird migration from the tower of the station. Thereafter drive via Häädemeeste, Laiksaare and Pihke to the Crane Tower of Pikksaare at the edge of the Nigula Nature Reserve. Hiking tour in the surroundings of the Crane Tower across meadows and farmland at the edge of a forest. In the afternoon drive via Veelikse to the Sookuninga Nature Reserve and the Jäärja Manor Park. On the return journey visit to the Matsi Recreation Centre near Lanksaare with its beaver protection area.
May 07, 2007: In the morning once again visit to the Kabli Ornithological Station and observation of bird migration from the tower. Thereafter drive via Häädemeeste to Võidu, a village on the River Rannametsa. Hiking tour along the river in an easterly direction as far as the road 4 (E67, Via Baltica). In the afternoon short visit to the Soometsa Nature Reserve. Thereafter return jouney to Kabli via Uulu, Võiste and Häädemeeste.
May 08, 2007: Today I moved from the Lepanina Hotel near Kabli to the Residence Apartments in Haapsalu. Drive in the morning from Kabli on the E67 to Pärnu and on the road 60 to Lihula. Visit to the information centre of the Matsalu National Park in Penijõe and hiking tour along the River Penijõgi across meadows and wetland to the Penijõe tower at the edge of the huge reedbeds of the Kasari floodplain. In the afternoon continuation of the journey to Haapsalu on the roads 10 and 31 after a short visit at the Suitsu tower, about 5 km east of Penijõe. Accommodation for the next five nights in the Residence Apartments in Suur-Liiva Street  in Haapsalu.
May 09, 2007: Drive from Haapsalu to Spithami, the birdwatching point in the north-western corner of Estonia. View from the observation tower over the Baltic Sea. Thereafter birdwatching at small lakes at a second-class road between Spithami and Nova. In the afternoon return journey via Tusari, Riguldi, and Linnamäe to Haapsalu. Between 6.00 and 7.00 p.m. birdwatching at the City Lake (Väike viik) in Haapsalu.
May 10, 2007: Drive from Haapsalu to Haeska at the northern shore of the Matsalu Bay. Birdwatching from the tower at the water's edge. In the afternoon drive to Panga, Pogari-Sassi, and Puise with views of the birds on the Baltic Sea or at the water's edge.
May 11
, 2007: In the morning start from Haapsalu to the towers on the southern shore of the Matsalu Bay. First stop at the observation tower of Rannajõe. Therafter birdwatching from the towers at Kloostri and Matsalu as well as from the old bridge over the River Kasari.
May 12, 2007:
On the last day of my stay in Estonia drive from Haapsalu via Linnamäe, Seljaküla, Variko, Nova, Vitherpalu and Padise to the lighthouse north of Paldiski with birdwatching at several stops. Thereafter via the roads 8,11, and 2 back to the airport of Tallinn and flight with EasyJet to Berlin-Schönefeld.

Recording of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records of the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section "Excursions" some photos give an impression of the areas visited. In the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken with a Canon EOS 20D in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used
Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book is equivalent to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.

Maps for orientation in the area
Estland Estonia,
Scale 1 : 275 000, Reise Know-How Verlag, Bielefeld, 1st edition 2004, ISBN 3-8317-7109-X
Pärnumaa Viljandimaa, Scale 1 : 260 000, AS E.O.Map Tallinnas, Tallinn, www.eomap.ee, ISBN 9949-416-41-8
Matsalu Rahvuspark, Scale 1 : 100000, Regio 2004, www.regio.ee

Links to Birding in Estonia
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/estonia.html

http://www.travellingbirder.com/tripreports/trip_reports_Estonia.php

 

Excursions

03.05.2007, 15:00
Pärnu (Pernau), Pärnumaa (Estonia)
7 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the bridge crossing the River Pärnu in the town centre.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
4 (at least), flying.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1 (at least), flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least), flying or on roofs.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
4 (at least), flying.

03.05.2007, 17:00
Kabli, Ornithological Station, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
7 °C, overcast.
I parked the car near Kabli ornithological station and walked on a board walk about 100 metres to the beach. The following bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, on farmland outside of Kabli.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
8, on grassland outside of Kabli.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
2, in shallow water near the beach.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
50, in shallow water near the beach.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
3 (at least), singing outside of Kabli.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1, in a shrub near the road.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, near the road.

03.05.2007, 18:45-20:30
Lepanina Hotel, beach and open sea, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
7 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were seen during a walk along the beach of the Baltic Sea in southern direction and on the way back through forest and meadows.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
7 (1 + 5 + 1), flying northwards along the coastline.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2 (1,1), in shallow water.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
12, flying southwards along the coastline.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
2 (1,1), roosting on a sandbank.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
7 (1 + 2 + 2 + 2), in shallow water.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
2, on sands on the water's edge. Yellow eye-ring, no white bar in the opened wing.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
5, in shallow water near the stony beach. Occasionally one could hear also their characteristic calls.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
5, roosting one stones in the shallow water.
Wood Lark (Lúllula arbórea, Heidelerche):
1, on a powerline.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
3, on the beach.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 1776 and IMG 1779
The beach at the Hotel Lepanina, Kabli (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(03.05.2007)

04.05.2007, 08:00
Lepanina Hotel, beach and open sea, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
5 °C, overcast, rainy,
From the window of the hotel room the following bird species were observed on the beach or on the open sea.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
2, flying northwards. This species is much lighter-coloured than a Black-throated Diver.
Black-throated Diver (Gávia árctica, Prachttaucher):
1, flying northwards. Upperparts entirely dark. Without white in the arm wings as with Great Crested Grebe.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
100 (at least), some of them flying northwards, but most of them were fluttering in a small area of the sea. The white thigh patches were sometimes recognizable.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
2 male, flying. Upperparts white, excluded crown, tail, and handwings.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
50 (at least). Underparts white, upperparts dark, no white areas in the wings. At 11:40 2 birds were swimming nearer to the beach. The white crown and the long tail of a male were well recognizable.
Common Scoter (Melanítta nigra, Trauerente):
10 (at least), all-dark (black) ducks, flying northwards.
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca, Samtente):
6, flying northwards. All-dark plumage with recognizable white secondaries.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
15 (2 + 10 + 2 + 1), flying mostly northwards. Upperparts of females appeared dark, only the armwings were white.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
2 males, swimming on the sea.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, on the beach.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
5 (at least), flying.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
2, at the beach. The legs of these birds were not yellow. They were of the same size as a neighbouring Herring Gull.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1, at the beach.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying northwards. (It must be said that Arctic Tern could not be excluded!)
Little Tern (Sterna álbifrons, Zwergseeschwalbe):
6, first a tiny tern flying northwards with very fast wingbeats. Wings very narrow. At 11:35 a flock of 5 birds was flying northwards. Due to the smaller distance the black caps and the white front was recognizable.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on the beach.

IMG 1783, IMG 1790, IMG 1803, and IMG 1807
The beach at the Hotel Lepanina, Kabli (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(04.05.2007)

04.05.2007, 13:00-13:30
Kabli, beach in the centre of the village, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the main road in the centre of the village.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, flying northwards.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, on grassland.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
6 ad., swimming near the beach.
Wigeon (Anas penélope, Pfeifente):
2, roosting on a sandbank.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
4, roosting on a sandbank.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
5 (3,2), swimming.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
1, on a sandbank.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
11 (at least), roosting on a sandbank.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
10 (at least), roosting on a sandbank.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
1, roosting on a sandbank. Legs yellow.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
8, roosting on a sandbank.
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
3, roosting on a sandbank. Characteristic short red legs.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on the beach.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, on a meadow.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, calling.

IMG 1815
Kabli, beach in the centre of the village (Pärnumaa (Estonia)
(04.05.2007)

04.05.2007, 13:35
KabliMassiaru, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, overcast.
On the drive from Kabli to the Nigula bog the following bird species were observed.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, flying.
Sparrowhawk (Accípiter nisus, Sperber):
1
, flying, in a forest.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
flying over farmland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on a fence of a meadow.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on grassland.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
30
, on grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, in a forest.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
10, at the road, near Kabli.
Bullfinch (Pýrrhula pýrrhula, Gimpel):
3, on the road, in a forest.

Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh): 1, crossing the road in a forest.

04.05.2007, 14:00-16:20
MassiaruLake Nigula järv, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed on the drive from Massiaru to the Nigula Bog, which was interrupted at three places.
Rough-legged Buzzard (Búteo lagópus, Rauhfußbussard):
1, circling over grassland. White tail with black end bar.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
1, on farmland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
3
, on farmland or flying.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, on farmland.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
2, calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
1, in song flight.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, perching on the top of a birch after song flight.
Redstart (Phoenicúrus phoenicúrus, Gartenrotschwanz):
1 male, on the road.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on the road.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, one flying, one singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscívorus, Misteldrossel):
1, on the road. With dark patches on the breast.
Pied Flycatcher (Muscícapa atricapílla, Trauerschnäpper):
2, in a shrub.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, calling, also seen.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
2, on the edge of a forest.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on farmland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Siskin (Carduélis spinus, Erlenzeisig):
1, perching on a shrub.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
8, on a power line.

 

   

IMG 1819, IMG 1824, IMG 1844, and 1847
Grass- and farmland between Massiaru and the Nigula Bog, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
(04.05.2007)

IMG 1843
The observation tower on the area of the Kaubaru Farm, Nigula Bog (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(04.05.2007)

04.05.2007, 16:20
Lake Nigula järv, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed at the east side of Lake Nigula järv.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2 (1,1), swimming on the lake
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
3 (2,1), swimming on the lake
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
1, hammering.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on the road.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling.

04.05.2007, 16:40
Ruunasoo Bog, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the Ruunasoo Bog in the surrounding of a observation tower.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 1859
View from an observation tower over the Ruunasoo Bog (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(04.05.2007)

04.05.2007, 18:15
Kabli, beach at the recreation centre, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
10 °C, fair.
At the beach near the recreation centre of Kabli the following bird species were observed. – 63 bird species were observed within two days.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, at the water's edge.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, roosting on a sandbank.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, in shallow water.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, on the beach, with characteristic yellow legs.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
10, roosting.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
5, roosting.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
5, roosting.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on the beach.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.

IMG 1866 and IMG 1867
The beach at the recreation centre, Kabli (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(04.05.2007)

05.05.2007, 08:20-08:40
Lepanina Hotel, beach and open sea, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, sunny, quiet sea.
The following bird species were observed from the window of my hotel room. The sea was very quiet at this morning.
Black-throated Diver (Gávia árctica, Prachttaucher):
1, swimming on the sea.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
20, swimming on the sea or flying northwards.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming on the sea.
Goose (Anser spec., unbestimmte Gans):
1000 (at least), flying northwards.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
5 (3,2), swimming on the sea.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
1 (1,0), swimming on the sea.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
2, swimming on the sea.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
1000 (at least), swimming on the sea.
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca, Samtente):
5, flying.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
200 (at least), swimming on the sea.
Whimbrel (Numénius pháeopus, Regenbrachvogel):
1, roosting on a stone, near the beach.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
1, near the beach, in shallow water.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
2, at the beach.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
1, flying.

 

IMG 1868 and IMG 1871
Hotel Lepanina and the beach, south of Kabli (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(05.05.2007)

05.05.2007, 10:25-15:30
Nigula Nature Reserve, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
10 °C, sunny, later mostly fair. The temperature raised to 17 °C.
I hiked on the 7 km long boardwalk through the Nature Reserve Nigula Bog (Nigula raba). – During this tour the following 27 bird species could be observed.
Common Teal (Anas crecca, Krickente):
2 (2,0), swimming on a pond.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
6, flying.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
2 (1,1), swimming on a pond.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
5, flying
Black Grouse (Tetráo tetrix, Birkhuhn):
1 male, flying. A black bird, smaller than a Common Raven [seen under bad condition (against the sun)].
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
2, calling.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, flying over wetland.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
1, perching on the top of trees. Finely barred tail recognizable.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
2, at the edge of the lake.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
15, flying or roosting on ponds.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Black Woodpecker (Dryócopus mártius, Schwarzspecht):
1, drumming.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
2, in song-flight
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
2, in song-flight
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
7, along the boardwalk.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
3, singing.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
2 males, on or near the boardwalk.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
3, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing, also seen.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
4, singing or seen in shrubs,
Pied Flycatcher (Muscícapa atricapílla, Trauerschnäpper):
1, near a nestbox.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, in a shrub.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, calling.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
10 (at least), most of them singing.
Beaver (Castor fiber, Biber): 1. The presence of this species was documented by several felled birches at the lake shore.

 

IMG 1909 and IMG 1904
Entrance to the Nature Reserve Nigula Järv (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(05.05.2007)

 

IMG 1877 and IMG 1886
The boardwalk crossing the Nature Reserve Nigula Bog (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(05.05.2007)

 

IMG 1888, IMG 1893, and IMG 1895
The landscape of the Nature Reserve Nigula Bog (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(05.05.2007)

05.05.2007, 15:30-16:00
Nigula nature ReserveHäädemeeste, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were seen on the drive from the Nigula Nature Reserve to Häädemeeste. – Within three days 74 bird species could be recorded. Today 39 bird species were registered.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
3, on farmland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, flying, over farmland.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, crossing the road in a forest.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, crossing the road in a forest.

06.05.2007, 06:50
Lepanina Hotel, beach and open sea, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were seen from the balcony of my hotel room.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
1, flying southwards.
Black-throated Diver (Gávia árctica, Prachttaucher):
2, flying southwards.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
10 (at least), flying northwards.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
8, on the beach.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
5, swimming.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
2, flying.

06.05.2007, 07:45-08:40
Kabli, beach in the centre of the village, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
8 °C, sunny.
The following 20 bird species were observed from grassland near the beach, which I reached from the main road in the centre of the village.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
6, at the beach.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
11 ad., swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, swimming.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3 (2,1), swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, on the beach.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, on a sandbank. Legs yellow.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
4, on a sandbank.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
24, on sandbanks.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
15, on sandbanks.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
2, on a sandbank.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
1, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, at the beach.
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
2
, on a power line.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1, on the road.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
1, on a hedgerow.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 1913
One of the old farms in Kabli (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(05.05.2007)

06.05.2007, 09:15-10:05
Kabli, Ornithological Station, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
10 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the observation tower of the ornithological station.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, flying northwards.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
2 (1,1), flying southwards.
Sparrowhawk (Accípiter nisus, Sperber):
2
males, flying northwards. One of these birds was attacked by a Hooded Crow.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
1, roosting on the beach.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
12 (at least), flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
10 (at least), flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.

 

IMG 1917, IMG 1919, and IMG 1930
The Ornithological Station in Kabli
, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
(06.05.2007)

06.05.2007, 11:00-13:00
Nigula Nature Reserve, Crane Tower, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
12 – 17 °C, sunny.
I reached the Crane Tower in the Nigula Nature Reserve by turning off to the right hand from the road from Häädemeeste to Tali about 3 km past the village of Pihke. I found the tower only by chance. An easy access to the tower starts at km 19.5 of the road from Tali to Tuuliku. There one finds a signpost with the inscription Pikksaare vaatetorn. I took this way on the back journey in opposite direction. – The following species were observed in the surroundings of the Crane Tower and on the tracks between the forest and the grassland.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, flying.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
4, on farmland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
3
, flying.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
3, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, singing.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, flying.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
2, on a fence.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
5, 3 of them singing.
Fox (Vulpes vulpes, Fuchs): 1, on grassland. This animal was observed for longer time from the top of the Crane Tower.

 

 

IMG 1951, IMG 1931, IMG 1935, IMG 1939, IMG 1954, and IMG 1947
The Crane Tower in the Nature Reserve Nigula Bog and its surroundings (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(05.05.2007)

06.05.2007, 13:00-14:30
Sookuninga Looduskaitseala (Sookuninga Nature Reserve), Pärnumaa (Estonia)
12 – 17 °C, sunny.
From the village Veelikse I made a drive along the northern edge of the Nature Reserve Sookuninga. There is no access to this area between February and July. – The following bird species were observed in the forest.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, flying off from the edge of the road.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, flying off from the edge of the road.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying off from the edge of the road.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh): 1, crossing the road.

IMG 1958
Schema of the Sookuninga Nature Reserve with points of special interest:
1. Observation tower near Kaubaru Farm. 2. Observation tower at Lake Nigula (Nigula järv). 3. Observation tower of the Ruunasoo Bog. 5. Crane Tower of Pikksaare. 6. Lanksaare, Matsi recreation area

IMG 1967
The track along the northern edge of the Sookuninga Nature Reserve (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(06.05.2007)

06.05.2007, 15:20-16:50
Jäärja Manor Park and surroundings, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
12 – 17 °C, sunny.
The Manor Park of Jäärja is situated on the westside of the road from Leipste to Talcis (Latvia) at kilometre 3.5. The access is signposted. The park has many old trees. In the surroundings are forests and grassland. The following 21 bird species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
2, one on a nest, the other on grassland.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
2, on a fence.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
2, on a roof.
Black Woodpecker (Dryócopus mártius, Schwarzspecht):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, on a power line.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, singing.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
2, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
1, on a tree.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
3, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, calling.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
3
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, on the road.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
2, one of them singing, the other on stones.
Pine Marten (Martes martes, Baummarder): 1, a brown marten, crossing the road.

 

IMG 1974, IMG 1968, and IMG 1969
Jäärja Manor and surroundings
(Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(06.05.2007)

06.05.2007, 17:30-18:20
Lanksaare, Matsi recreation area, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
17 °C, sunny.
I reached the recreation area driving from Veelikse to Lanksaare. Past this settlement I followed a signpost to the left. – The following bird species were observed. – During this day 48 bird species were observed.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, flying.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
2, flying.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
3
, flying.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
3 (1 + 2), flying off from two small ponds with dense vegetation. The Green Sandpiper is known as a breeding bird of the area.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
2, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, singing.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.

 

 

IMG 2006, IMG 2007, IMG 2010, and IMG 2012
Matsi Recreation Area near Lanksaare (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(06.05.2007)

07.05.2007, 06:45-08:30
Kabli, Ornithological Station, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
10 °C, fair.
I drove a second time to the observation tower of the ornithological station, in order to see whether there are more migrating birds earlier the day. The following 28 bird species could be registered.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
20 (at least), flying.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, on the beach.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, landing on grassland.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser álbifrons, Bleßgans):
84 (54 + 30), flying northwards. These birds were identified by ornithologists of the station.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
2, swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
4, flying.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
1 male, flying.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, Schwarzmilan):
1, flying, northwards.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
3 (1,2), flying northwards.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
5, at the beach.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, attacking a migrating Marsh Harrier.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, on the beach.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least), flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying northwards.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
4, 3 of them on grassland, 1 flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, warning.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
1, flying northwards. Calling in flight.
Rook (Corvus frugílegus, Saatkrähe):
3, flying northwards.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
4 (3 + 1), on a tree.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
6 (4 + 2), in an alder tree.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
1 male, on a pine.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
1, on a birch.

 

IMG 2018 and IMG 2019
View from the tower of the Ornithological Station in Kabli (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(07.05.2007)

07.05.2007, 08:45-08:50
Kabli, beach in the centre of the village, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
10 °C, fair.
On the beach, accessible via a meadow in the centre of the village, the following bird species were registered.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
6, swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, roosting on a sandbank.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
5 males, swimming.
Common Scoter (Melanítta nigra, Trauerente):
2, swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, on a sandbank.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, on a sandbank. Bird with a yellow eye-ring.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
5, in shallow water near a sandbank.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20 (at least), roosting on a sandbank.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
50 (at least), roosting on stones or on a sandbank.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
2 ad., roosting on stones.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
1, roosting on a stone.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, in a shrub.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
5, at the beach.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

07.05.2007, 09:45-10:00
Lepanina Hotel, beach and open sea, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
10 °C, fair.
From the balcony of my hotel room the following bird species could be observed.
Red-throated Diver (Gávia stelláta, Sterntaucher):
3, flying southwards.
Black-throated Diver (Gávia árctica, Prachttaucher):
1, flying southwards.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, swimming
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1 male, swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
1 male, flying.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
50 (at least), swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
13 (7 + 6), flying southwards.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
1 male, swimming.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
3 (1,2), swimming.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
2, flying near the beach. They had no white wingbar.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, flying.
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicénsis, Brandseeschwalbe):
1, flying. The black bill with the white tip was recognizable.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, on the beach.

07.05.2007, 11:00-13:45
Rannametsa Nature Reserve, hiking tour, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
17 °C, first fair, later overcast.
I drove from Kabli via Häädemeeste into the direction of Soometsa. Past crossing the River Rannametsa near Võidu I parked the car at the bridge near houses and hiked along the northern bank of the river until I reached the road 4 (E 67, Via Baltica). On the way back I used the same path. – The following bird species were observed.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
6, flying.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
2 (1,1), flying off from a sandbank in the river.
Stock Dove (Colúmba oenas, Hohltaube):
1, calling, more than five times.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Black Woodpecker (Dryócopus mártius, Schwarzspecht):
2, flying. Good observation of both birds.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrócopos major, Buntspecht):
4, calling. One of these birds could be unambiguously identified as a male one.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
3, singing, also seen.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
3 (at least), singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
4, singing, sometimes also seen.
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1, singing.
Common Wood Warbler (Phyllóscopus sibilátrix, Waldlaubsänger):
3 (at least), singing. The birds with their yellow breast and white underparts could also be seen.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
8 (at least), singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
3, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2 (at least), singing.
Beaver (Castor fiber, Biber): at the edge of a ditch one could recognize the activities of beavers.

 

IMG 2023, IMG 2024, and IMG 2026
Rannametsa Nature Reserve (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(07.05.2007)

07.05.2007, 13:45
Rannametsa Nature Reserve, grassland, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
17 °C, overcast.
After return from the hiking tour along the River Rannametsa I walked into the grassland west of the village Võidu. – The following bird species were observed.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
3, flying eastwards.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
3, 2 of them sand-bathing on a track.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
3, flying.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling from the edge of the forest.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying over the grassland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying over the grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing at the edge of the forest.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
1 female, sand-bathing on a track.

IMG 2030
Grassland in the Rannametsa Nature Reserve (Pärnumaa, Estonia)
(07.05.2007)

07.05.2007, 14:45-15:35
Soometsa Nature Reserve, Pärnumaa (Estonia)
17 °C, overcast.
Driving along the road from Võidu to Soometsa I had the Soometsa Nature Reserve to my right hand. At two points I stopped the car at the road and walked into the reserve. During these walks the following bird species were registered. – Today I observed 56 bird species. The overall number of observed species reached 92.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
2, singing, also seen.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
2, singing.
Pied Flycatcher (Muscícapa atricapílla, Trauerschnäpper):
1 female, on a tree.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
2, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
3, singing.
Beaver (Castor fiber, Biber): at the edge of a pool the activities of Beavers (Castor fiber) were recocnizable.

08.05.2007, 08:40
Pärnu (Pernau), Pärnumaa (Estonia)
10 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the centre of Pärnu.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
3, on a lawn near the town bridge.
Rook (Corvus frugílegus, Saatkrähe):
2, on a lawn near the town bridge.

08.05.2007, 09:40
Penijõe, hiking tour to the Penijõe tower Läänemaa (Estonia)
10 °C, overcast.
The following 34 bird species were observed in the vicinity of the Matsalu Information Centre or on the hiking tour to the Penijõe tower.
Eurasian Bittern (Botáurus stelláris, Rohrdommel):
1, calling, in the reedbed.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, one flying, 2 at the edge of the River Penijõe.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
5, one of them on the nest near the information centre, the others on grassland.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., flying.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
6, on grassland.
Goose (Anser spec., unbestimmte Gans):
210 (50 + 20 + 60 + 80), flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
9, 4 of them on the river, 5 flying.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
6
, over grassland.
Common Snipe (Galinágo gallinágo, Bekassine):
4, calling and drumming, also seen.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limósa limósa, Uferschnepfe):
2, calling in flight.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, calling.
Green Sandpiper (Tringa óchropus, Waldwasserläufer):
2, flying off from wetland. The feet did not project.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
3, calling, one also seen.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
2, 1 flying near the information centre, 1 calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
3, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1 in song-flight.
Meadow Pipit (Anthus praténsis, Wiesenpieper):
2, on grassland.
Yellow Wagtail (Motacílla flava, Schafstelze):
2, of the nominate form with grey head and white eye-stripe, on grassland.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
1 singing, in the park of the information centre.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
2, in the park of the information centre.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing, in a reedbed
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1 singing, also seen, in the park of the information centre.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
3, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
7, singing.
Pied Flycatcher (Muscícapa atricapílla, Trauerschnäpper):
1, on a tree, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europáea, Kleiber):
1, calling, in the park of the information centre.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
3, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, one of them flying, one calling.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
6
, 1 of them singing, in the park of the information centre, the others on grassland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4, singing.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
3, in the park of the information centre.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
4, singing.
Reed Bunting (Emberíza schoeníclus, Rohrammer):
8, on grassland.
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh):
2, in the reedbed.

 

IMG 2075 and IMG 2054
 Penij
õe, Museum and Information Centre of the Matsalu Nationlal Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(08.05.2007)

 

IMG 2039, IMG 2047
Beaver lodges at the River Penijõgi, Matsalu Nationlal Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(08.05.2007)

 

 

  IMG 2065, IMG 2068, IMG 2062, and IMG 2063
 The Penijõe Tower and the reedbeds of the Kasari floodplain, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(08.05.2007)

 

IMG 2070, IMG 2072, and MG 2071
Saare Hillock and the surrounding meadows, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(08.05.2007)

08.05.2007, 15:00-16:30
Suitsu-Tower, Läänemaa (Estonia)
10 °C, overcast.
From the information centre in Penijõe I drove to the Suitsu-Tower near the bridge over the River Suitsu. The distance from Penijõe was about 5 km. The following bird species were observed from the 21 m high tower and during a hiking tour along the boardwalk through the forest.
Goose (Anser spec., unbestimmte Gans):
100, flying.
White-tailed Eagle (Haliæëtus albicílla, Seeadler):
1 ad., flying over the Matsalu Bay.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 male, flying.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, flying over grassland.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
2, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, calling.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
2, singing.
Robin (Eríthacus rubécula, Rotkehlchen):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
3, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, calling.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 2076
Map of the Matsalu National Park with the surroundings of Penijõe, Suitsu and Kloostri (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(08.05.2007)

 

 

 

IMG 2084, IMG 2091, IMG 2093, IMG 2096, IMG 2098, and IMG 2100
Surroundings of the Suitsu Observation Tower, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(08.05.2007)

08.05.2007, 18:45-19:00
Haapsalu, surroundings of the Residence Apartments, Läänemaa (Estonia)
12 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the beach at the Residence Apartments in the street Suur-Liivia.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
40 (at least), swimming.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
100 (at least), breeding or roosting on an island.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Garganey (Anas querquédula, Knäkente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeáta, Löffelente):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
10 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
500 (at least), breeding or roosting on an island.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.

 

IMG 2104, IMG 2105, and IMG 2108
Haapsalu, beach at the Residence Apartments (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(09.05.2007)

08.05.2007, 19:20-20:30
Haapsalu, town centre, Läänemaa (Estonia)
12 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from the Residence Apartments to the centre of the town. – Today 52 bird species were registered. During the last 6 days 104 bird species were observed.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
3, in the streets.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing, in a reedbed.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
6, in the streets or on houses.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

09.05.2007, 08:00-10:00
Haapsalu, surroundings of the Residence Apartments, Läänemaa (Estonia)
10 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the windows of my apartment.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
2, flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.

 

IMG 2838 and IMG 2936
Haapsalu, Residence Apartments and surroundings (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(11./12.05.2007)

09.05.2007, 10:15
Haapsalu, beach at the Residence Appartments, Läänemaa (Estonia)
10 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the beach at the Residence Apartments. Several species were not counted again.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
0, swimming (not counted).
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
0, swimming or on two islands (not counted).
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
10 (at least), on the beach.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
7, on an island.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
4 (2,2), swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
10 (at least), swimming.
Garganey (Anas querquédula, Knäkente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
5 (5,0), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
10, swimming).
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
1 female, swimming.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
2, on an island.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
0, swimming (not counted).
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
0, in a breeding-colony (not counted).
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
0, in a breeding-colony on an island (not counted).
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
1 ad.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing in a reedbed.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
5, at the beach.

09.05.2007, 12:00-13:15
Spithami (Spithamn), migration watch point, Läänemaa (Estonia)
11 °C, overcast, later fair.
I drove from Haapsalu on the roads 9 and 17 to Linnamäe and from there northwards to Dirhami (Dirhamn) and Spithami (Spithamn). There I reached the observation tower. The following bird species could be registered.
Black-throated Diver (Gávia árctica, Prachttaucher):
1, flying southwards.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
10 ad., swimming.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
78 exclusively males, swimming or flying southwards.
Long-tailed Duck (Clángula hyemális, Eisente):
1000, swimming or flying.
Common Scoter (Melanítta nigra, Trauerente):
2, flying.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
2 (1,1), flying.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
7, 5 of them swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, roosting on stones.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
5 (at least), roosting on stones.
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus, Heringsmöwe):
1, breeding on a stone.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
5 (at least), roosting on stones.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on the path.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Squirrel (Sciúrus vulgáris, Eichhörnchen): 1, crossing the road (already before I reached Spithami.

IMG 2109
Map of the north-eastern corner of Estonia

 

IMG 2114 and 2121
The observation tower of Spithami and its surrounding (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(09.05.2007)

09.05.2007, 13:55-14:35
Uuejõe Tower Läänemaa (Estonia)
11 °C, overcast, later fair.
On the drive from Spithami to Nova I reached the Uuejõe Tower at the edge of Lake Pikane (Pikane järv). – There the following bird species were registered.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
6, 4 in the reedbeds, 2 flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, singing.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 2123
View from the Uuejõe Tower on the reedbeds of lake Pikane (Pikane järv) (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(09.05.2007)

09.05.2007, 14:40
Allika järv, Läänemaa (Estonia)
11 °C, overcast, later fair.
The lake Allika järv was the next stop on the route from Spithami to Nova. – There the following species were observed.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
1, swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
7 (4,3), swimming.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
1, flying.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Fox (Vulpes vulpes, Fuchs): 1, crossing the road.

IMG 2129
Lake Allika (allikajärv) (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(09.05.2007)

09.05.2007, 15:40-15:55
Toatse järv, Läänemaa (Estonia)
15 °C, sunny.
Next stop was the Toatse järv (lake Toatse). There the following bird species could be registered.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

09.05.2007, 18:00-18:50
Haapsalu, Väike viik, Läänemaa (Estonia)
15 °C, sunny.
The following bird species could be observed on the city lake.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher): 2, performing courtship display (photos).
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
1, breeding.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente): 2, on a small islet.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
60, swimming or roosting on a small islet.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
5 (at least).
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradísaea, Küstenseeschwalbe):
20 (at least), breeding on a small islet (photos).
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2.

 

IMG 2336 and 2341
Haapsalu, Väike viik (City Lake) (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(09.05.2007)

10.05.2007, 07:15-07:30
Haapsalu, beach at the Residence Appartments, Läänemaa (Estonia)
11 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed from the beach of the Residence Appartments. – Not all birds species were counted.
Great Crested Grebe (Pódiceps cristátus, Haubentaucher):
0, not counted.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
0, not counted.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
0, not counted.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
6, roosting on an island.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
0, not counted.
Garganey (Anas querquédula, Knäkente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
0, not counted.
Common Eider (Somatéria mollíssima, Eiderente):
3 males, roosting on a stone.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
1 male, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
0, not counted.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
0, not counted.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
0, not counted.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
0, not counted.

10.05.2007, 08:00-08:30
Road 31, HaapsaluPärnu, kilometre 11.5, Läänemaa (Estonia)
11 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed on farmland south of the road 31 before the crossroad to Haeska.
Bean Goose (Anser fabális, Saatgans):
100 (at least), feeding on farmland. These birds seemed to be of the subspecies Anser fabalis rossicus, because their beaks had only small red markings. Pink-footed Geese could not be detected in this flock.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
1000 (at least), feeding on farmland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, flying.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
5, on farmland.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, singing.

10.05.2007, 08:35-09:15
Haeska, village and surroundings, Läänemaa (Estonia)
14°C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the village of Haeska and in its surrounding.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser álbifrons, Bleßgans):
10, on farmland near the road (photos).
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
5000, feeding on farmland or landing on farmland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
6
, on grassland.
Wryneck (Jynx torquílla, Wendehals):
2, calling, in the village.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
5 (at least), singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
1, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
1, singing, on a power line.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
3, on grassland.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

10.05.2007, 09:25-12:30
Haeska, observation tower at the Matsalu Bay, Läänemaa (Estonia)
14 – 16 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the observation tower.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
10 ad., swimming.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
2, swimming.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
10000 (uncountable), on grassland or swimming on the bay. Among them two ringed birds were identified. First bird: K (right, black on orange) and 7 (left, black on green); second bird: Y (right, black on orange) and 3 (left, black on green). – Photos IMG 2778 and IMG 2750.
Northern Pintail (Anas acúta, Spießente):
2 (1,1), swimming.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
20 (at least), on grassland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
3
, flying.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
10 (at least), on grassland.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
50 (at least), on grassland.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
2, on grassland.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, on grassland, near a pool.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
2, on a stone, with nesting material (photo).
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, roosting on a stone (photo).
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
1, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland.
Lesser Whitethroat (Sýlvia currúca, Klappergrasmücke):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, near a farmhouse.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, singing.

IMG 2454
Information on the Haeska observation tower, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(10.05.2007)

 

IMG 2813, IMG 2817, and IMG 2818
Roosting Barnacle Geese on the meadows near the Haeska observation tower, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(10.05.2007)

10.05.2007, 12:45-14:45
Põgari-Sassi, salt meadows and Topu laht (Topu Bay), Läänemaa (Estonia)
16 °C, sunny.
From the road from Panga to Puise the following bird species were observed on the salt meadows or on the Topu Bay (Topu laht).
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
1000 (at least), feeding on grassland or swimming on the bay.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, on grassland.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
4, on wetland.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
8, on wetland.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
20 (at least), on wetland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
6
, flying.
Temminck’s Stint (Calídris temmínckii, Temminckstrandläufer):
1. The bird was much smaller than a Dunlin (Calidris alpina). Brown breast-band. Upperparts not rufous as on Little Stint (Calidris minuta) in summer).
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
10 (at least), on wetland.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
1, on grassland.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
2, swimming.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
2, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
1, singing.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
4
, on grassland.
Tree Sparrow (Passer montánus, Feldsperling):
4, on the roof of a barn.

IMG 2820
Information on the meadows of Põgari-Sassi, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(10.05.2007)

IMG 2820
The meadows of Põgari-Sassi and the Topu Bay (Topu laht), Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(10.05.2007)

10.05.2007, 15:05-15:50
Jugassaare sadam, observation tower, Läänemaa (Estonia)
16 °C, sunny.
The following 23 bird species were observed in the surroundings of the observation tower at the bay Jugassaare sadam.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
80, roosting in the bay on stones.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
50 (at least), swimming.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
300 (at least), on grassland or swimming on the bay.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
4, 2 of them swimming, 2 roosting on a stone.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3 (2,1), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrátor, Mittelsäger):
8, swimming.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
2, swimming.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
2, on grassland.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
2, in shallow water.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
6, on grassland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, flying.
Dunlin (Calídris alpína, Alpenstrandläufer):
10 (at least), in shallow water.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erýthropus, Dunkler Wasserläufer):
5, roosting on a stone.
Redshank (Tringa tótanus, Rotschenkel):
2, in shallow water.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
4, in shallow water.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
0, swimming (not counted).
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
3, roosting on stones. In one case the flesh legs were recognizable.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland.
Winchat (Saxícola rubétra, Braunkehlchen):
1, singing on a low pine.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

IMG 2824, IMG 2825, and IMG 2829
View from the observation tower of Jugassaare sadam, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(10.05.2007)

10.05.2007, 16:05-16:55
Puise, walk to an Old Oak, Läänemaa (Estonia)
16 °C, fair.
From the bus stop Puise I, where I parked the car, I walked about 1000 m to an old oak through a meadow and a forest. The following bird species could be observed.
White-tailed Eagle (Haliæëtus albicílla, Seeadler):
1, flying over a meadow.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
3, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
2, singing.
Winchat (Saxícola rubétra, Braunkehlchen):
3, singing on a tree or on a power line.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, singing.
Whitethroat (Sýlvia commúnis, Dorngrasmücke):
1, singing, also seen.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
3, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.

10.05.2007, 17:15-17:40
Puise, village and surroundings, Läänemaa (Estonia)
16 °C, fair.
From the village of Puise I had a look along the beach and over the Matsalu Bay. The following bird species were registered. – Today 58 bird species were observed. During the last 10 days I registered 118 bird species.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, at a reedbed.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2, swimming.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
1000 (at least), roosting on grassland.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3 (2,1), swimming.
Greater Scaup (Áythia maríla, Bergente):
100 (at least), swimming in the Matsalu Bay.
European Oystercatcher (Haemátopus ostrálegus, Austernfischer):
1, at the beach.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
2
,flying.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1, roosting on the beach. The flesh legs could be recognized.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
6, roosting on stones.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
1, flying.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on grassland.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on grassland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
10
, flying.

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Information on Puise, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(10.05.2007)

 

IMG 2834 and IMG 2835
View on the Matsalu Bay from Puise, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(10.05.2007)

11.05.2007, 09:00-11:00
Rannajõe, observation tower, Läänemaa (Estonia)
8 °C, overcast, raining.
The observation tower of Rannajõe is reached easily on the road 31 from Haapsalu to Laiküla. About at kilometre 20 the tower is signposted. The tower offers a good view over huge meadows of the Matsalu National Park. – Despite the rain the following bird species were registered.
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser álbifrons, Bleßgans):
6, roosting on grassland.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
75 (50 + 25), flying.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
4, flying.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
2, flying
Black Grouse (Tetráo tetrix, Birkhuhn):
1 female, landing on grassland.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
3
, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
1, flying.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, in song-flight.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
3, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on a tree.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, singing.
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh): 5
(2,3), on grassland.

IMG 2841, IMG 2844, and IMG 1842
Information on Rannajõe, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(11.05.2007)

 

IMG 2840, IMG 2865, and IMG 2866
Rannajõe, observation platform and its surroundings, Matsalu National Park, Läänemaa (Estonia)
(11.05.2007)

11.05.2007, 11:30-12:50
Kloostri, observation tower, Läänemaa (Estonia)
11 – 15 °C, overcast, no rain, later fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the observation tower of Kloostri, which is situated at the south bank of the River Kasari. It offers a good view over the river and huge areas of grassland. – The following species were registered.
White-tailed Eagle (Haliæëtus albicílla, Seeadler):
3 (at least), roosting on trees.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 male, attacking a Common Raven.
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Áquila pomarína, Schreiadler):
1, flying over grassland. The shoulders of the bird were paler than the handwings.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
1
, on grassland, attacking a Red Fox.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
3, on grassland.
Common Cuckoo (Cúculus canórus, Kuckuck):
1, calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
2, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying over the grassland.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
1, singing.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscívorus, Misteldrossel):
1, on the top of a tree. Great dark patch on the breast side.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, flying.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, on a tree, attacked by a male Marsh Harrier.
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calándra, Grauammer):
2, on grassland.
Fox (Vulpes vulpes, Fuchs): 1, on grassland, attacked by a Lapwing.
Roe (Capréolus capréolus, Reh): 5, on grassland.

IMG 2869
Information on the surroundings of the Kloostri observation tower, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(11.05.2007)

 

IMG 2872, IMG 2875, and IMG 2874
View from the Kloostri observation tower on the Kasari floodplain, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(11.05.2007

11.05.2007, 13:30-14:00
Tuudi, Läänemaa (Estonia)
13 °C, overcast.
For a rest I stopped on a by-road near Tuudi. There the following bird species were registered.
Lapwing (Vanéllus vanéllus, Kiebitz):
3
, flying.
Wryneck (Jynx torquílla, Wendehals):
1, calling.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, singing.

11.05.2007, 14:20-15:00
Matsalu, observation tower, Läänemaa (Estonia)
13 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were registered in the surroundings of the Matsalu observation tower, which offers a good view over the Matsalu Bay and the opposite shoreline. – The following bird species were observed.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
20 (at least), roosting or swimming.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, 2 of them flying, 1 on a nest in a colony in Matsalu (photo).
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
100 (at least), swimming.
Bean Goose (Anser fabális, Saatgans):
10 (at least), swimming.
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucópsis, Weißwangengans):
5000 (at least), swimming or feeding on grassland.
Greater Scaup (Áythia maríla, Bergente):
100 (at least), swimming.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
2, swimming.
White-tailed Eagle (Haliæëtus albicílla, Seeadler):
2, flying.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marínus, Mantelmöwe):
1 ad., roosting at the shore.

IMG 2876
Information on the Matsalu Bay, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(11.05.2007

 

IMG 2878 and IMG 2880
The Matsalu Bay from the Matsalu observation tower, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(11.05.2007

11.05.2007, 15:55-16:50
Kasari, old bridge, Läänemaa (Estonia)
13 °C, overcast.
The old bridge over the River Kasari was erected in 1904. After construction of a new bridge over the river the old one became an architectural monument. – The following bird species were registered in the surroundings of the bridge.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on the bridge (photos).
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
3, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
2, on the road.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

IMG 2923 and IMG 2924
Old bridge over the River Kasari, Matsalu National Park (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(11.05.2007
)

12.05.2007, 09:05-09:05
Road 17, bridge over the River Vitherpalu, Läänemaa (Estonia)
11 °C, overcast, foggy.
The following bird species were observed from the bridge of the road 17 over the River Vitherpalu.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Fieldfare (Turdus piláris, Wacholderdrossel):
2, flying.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Bullfinch (Pýrrhula pýrrhula, Gimpel):
2 (1,1), at a puddle on the road.

 

IMG 2937
River Vitherpalu (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(12.05.2007)

12.05.2007, 09:15-09:20
SeljakülaNova, bridge over the River Vitherpalu, Läänemaa (Estonia)
12 °C, overcast, foggy.
The following bird species were observed from the Vitherpalu bridge of the road from Seljaküla to Nova.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 2939
River Vitherpalu (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(12.05.2007)

12.05.2007, 09:35-09:50
SeljakülaNova, farmland, Läänemaa (Estonia)
12 °C, overcast. The fog slowly disappeared.
Driving from Seljaküla (situated at the road 17) to Nova along the east side of the Leidissoo bog the following bird species were observed on farmland.
Black Grouse (Tetráo tetrix, Birkhuhn):
1, at the road, disappearing in pinewood (10:00).
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
2, on farmland.
Black Woodpecker (Dryócopus mártius, Schwarzspecht):
1, calling (kliö).
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, on farmland.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscívorus, Misteldrossel):
3, on farmland.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
2, on farmland.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
5, on farmland.

IMG 2940
Farmland between Seljaküla and Nova (Läänemaa, Estonia)
(12.05.2007)

12.05.2007, 10:30-10:35
Vitherpalu, southern bridge over the River Vitherpalu, Harjumaa (Estonia)
12 °C, sunny.
The following birds species were observed in Vitherpalu near the southern bridge over the river of the same name.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, on the road.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
1, singing.
Song Thrush (Turdus philomélos, Singdrossel):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

IMG 2944
Vitherpalu, southern bridge over the River Vitherpalu (Harjumaa, Estonia)
(12.05.2007)

12.05.2007, 10:45-11:15
Vitherpalu, northern bridge over the River Vitherpalu, Harjumaa (Estonia)
12 °C, sunny.
The following bird species were observed at the bridge over the River Vitherpalu in the village of the same name and on the surrounding farmland.
Common Goldeneye (Bucéphala clángula, Schellente):
1 male, swimming on the river.
Goosander (Mergus mergánser, Gänsesäger):
4 (2,2), swimming on the river.
Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, flying.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
2, calling.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
3, singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
9, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, in song-flight.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, flying.
Chiffchaff (Phyllóscopus collýbita, Zilpzalp):
1, singing.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris, Grünfink):
1, on a power line.

IMG 2945
Vitherpalu, northern bridge over the River Vitherpalu (Harjumaa, Estonia)
(12.05.2007)

12.05.2007, 11:40-12:05
Padise, Harjumaa (Estonia)
12 °C, sunny.
In the centre of Padise, a small settlement on a crossroad, the following species were observed.
White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, circling over the settlement.
Crane (Grus grus, Kranich):
2, circling over the settlement.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
4, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
2, flying.
Tree Pipit (Anthus triviális, Baumpieper):
1, in song-flight.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
1, on the road.
Thrush Nightingale (Luscínia luscínia, Sprosser):
1, singing.
Willow Warbler (Phyllóscopus tróchilus, Fitis):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus coróne cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, calling.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, on a roof.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Linnet (Carduélis cannábina, Bluthänfling):
2, in a garden.
Yellowhammer (Emberíza citrinélla, Goldammer):
1, singing.
Hare (Lepus europáeus, Hase): 1, on the road.

12.05.2007, 13:35-13:45
Paldiski, lighthouse, Harjumaa (Estonia)
12 °C, foggy.
Due to fog there was no possibility to watch the migration of birds at this interesting point at the northern Estonian coast. – The only species observed was the Common Gull.
Common Gull (Larus canus, Sturmmöwe):
10, at the water's edge of the steep coast.

IMG 2951
The steep coast near the lighthouse of Paldiski (Harjumaa, Estonia)
(12.05.2007)

 
     
 

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