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Tits are among the slowest migrating birds

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 17.12.2016 - 23:45

Science news from the Year of the Great Tit are edited by Marko Mägi, researcher at the University of Tartu bird ecology department

Photo Uku Paal

Estonian text published 27.09.2016


A part of birds fly for winter to remote southern countries while others don’t take the trouble to go on a long journey and when winter arrives remain in place or stray to a smaller extent towards south or north. Such migrating birds which also include the tits that breed here are called roving migrants and they are seen in the literal sense of the word roving around, searching for the best wintering places. True, there are tits that go towards southern areas but in that case too not very far. The reason may be that compared to long-distance migrants the length of the wings of tits, considering body size, became relatively short during evolution since short distances can be travelled also with short wings.

Small Bird Winter Feeder Webcamera

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 15.12.2016 - 11:30

Transmission courtesy of  Elisa and EENet

The 2016 Bird of the Year of the Estonian Ornithological Society is the great tit. The doings of one of our best known and widest spread bird can be observed the year round. The web page of the Great Tit Year is at The Estonian Environmental Investments Centre, Keskkonnainvesteeringute Keskus (KIK), supports the Bird of the Year activities. It seems that colder winter weather has finally reached us too, and it is the last moment to set up a feeder for your feathered friends .

VIDEO: Confronted by Hubert all others back off

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 09.12.2016 - 10:45

Video recorded by  Fleur, LK forum
Translation Liis



Red deer      Punahirv         Cervus elaphus


Red deer gather in bachelor flocks for the winter – the mating period ended about a month ago, the aggressivity of the stags has calmed down and even the neck muscles are not as thick and ready for fight as before.

Winter is spent peacefully but the hierarchy ladder is recognized throughout the year, see the video.

VIDEO: How the disobedient are called to order

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 08.12.2016 - 10:02

Video recorded by  Aita, LK forum
Translation Liis



Brown trout   Jõeforell or hõrnas   Salmo trutta trutta morpha fario 


Usually it is sufficient for a spawning milt fish, i e a male, to look his competitor squarely in the eye or to push it with his nose, and the smaller curious explorer disappears quickly (this we often see at the spawning ground). In the video the obstreperous individual is punished by a painful tug at the fin.