Text Aivar Leito
Photos Leho Luigujõe
Estonian text posted 05.01.2018
The migration map of the cranes shows that all the Estonian cranes with transmitters have reached their winter quarters.
Their autumn migration was again very interesting and gave us much more knowledge about migration paths and wintering areas as well as migration behaviour.
The cranes Mati (born in 2016) and Loode (born in 2017) from the same breeding area in Sõrve in Saaremaa spend winter together in western Spain in Extremadura, and crane Liiva provided with a transmitter in Liiva in Muhu in the summer 2017 has moved in a little more to the east in central Spain (distance from the hatching place nearly
Crane „Paslepa“ who was marked last summer near Paslepa in Noarootsi in Läänemaa has stayed for wintering much closer to home (nearly
Crane „Hauka 3“, who was hatched last summer near Otepää however has been tricky! From the hatching spot we presumed that he might simply and in a straight line go along the longest East European migration path to
The same migration route was also used by crane Ivar (hatched 2016) from Soitsjärve in Jõgevamaa Aivar and Uko (hatched 2017) from the same clutch but they continued the migration from
A crane marked in last summer, 2016, Ahja 5, spent the whole summer in South Ukraine and flew to spend winter in Israel (from the hatching place1400 and
Crane chick Mustakurnu marked near Ahja in Musatakurnu last summer also used the Eastern European migration path and reached southern
On the whole it can be said that the migration paths of the majority of the cranes agreed quite well with what we had presumed and that the general idea-hypothesis that the cranes breeding in the western part of Estonia mainly use the most westerly West European migration path („Ivar“, „Aivar“, „Uko“ and „Hauka 5“) and the more towards east the more the Eastern European migration path takes over („Ahja 5“ and „Mustakurmu“).
See the migration paths of our cranes and other migrating birds on the Bird Migration Map web page: http://birdmap.5dvision.ee/EN/
New Year Greetings!
Aivar Leito aka Uncle Crane
Cranes in wintering area