Video record Urmas Lett, www.eenet.ee
On the seal beach on Thursday we saw at least a hundred individuals with frosty coats, peacefully basking. At the water’s edge it is of course less cold, about -12 degrees. On the western shore of Saaremaa, towards the Baltic, the water temperature approaches zero. Interesting whether the seals will remain on the ice during this year’s birthing period?
Info from Estonian Ornithological Society
Photo Arne Ader
Greenfinch and great tit
During the Winter Garden Bird Count that took place on the previous weekend for the 7th time more than 40 000 birds from at least 60 species were noted according to preliminary results. By Monday morning 2000 bird enthusiasts had forwarded their observations, and they had made the observations in 1400 places all over Estonia.
Text and video Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee
Photo Jüri Pere
Badger in Saaremaa.
Badger; Eurasian badger Mäger Meles meles
The tradition of electing an animal of the year has not existed for long. The first attempt to have an animal of the year goes back 9 years, when in 2007 the badger was to have the title.
The web camera monitoring the doings of red deer is back again, in the same place where it ended in spring. The bellows and growls that reach the microphone tell us that the rut period of red deer has started with a swing. We will see if our old friends will use the same trails as before. Perhaps Huubert, the most powerful buck with the mightiest antlers will be there too, and the mysterious ”hairy deer” who showed up a couple of times last season. Looduskalender’s forum will surely not miss any interesting happenings.
Once again we forward images from the Vilsandi National Park grey seal monitoring camera. After a third restoration attempt the system that had been damaged by storms has been almost wholly renewed. Not having a seal camera running in the Seal Year would be embarrassing … It is the birthing period for the grey seals. The pups are in their white ”baby furs”, the females in flecked coats, and somewhat smaller than the dark males.