Migration paths of cranes and video

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 28.09.2017 - 21:57

Text, video and photos Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee
Migration map sent by Aivar Leito
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Estonian text published 26.09.2017

It was necessary to visit the crane webcam again the day before yesterday – if the cows had ”eaten” the video image on Friday  the fine creatures were not guilty of the absence of image on Sunday – probably a momentary cut in the mobile transmission stopped the connection for the whole day.

New generation of grass snakes

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 28.09.2017 - 21:35

Image Merike Hiibus
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Estonian text published 25.09.2017

Pildil olev „nastikulaps“ peab tugevasti toituma enne talvitumise algust
The grass snake ”baby” in the photo must fatten up considerably before beginning the wintering

 

Grass snake       Harilik nastik        Natrix natrix

Some weeks ago we asked those of you who had met with young grass snakes hatched in late August-early September to share your photos with us. Merike has sent us this photo. Thank you!

Survival of young turtle dove depends on nearness to favourable foraging areas

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 28.09.2017 - 21:07

Linnuvaatleja science news, www.linnuvaatleja.ee
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Estonian text published in Looduskalender.ee 19.09.2017

In the first weeks of their life the inexperienced young birds are easy prey for predators. They also have little knowledge of foraging opportunities which makes them stay close to the nest.

As is the case with many other birds of agricultural landscapes the number of turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) has declined rapidly in Europe and also in EstoniaIn the years 1980 – 2013 the number of the species fell by in Europe 78%, and by as much as 96%  in Great Britain in the interval 1970 – 2012

Tens of thousands of cranes stopping in Estonia on their way to wintering areas

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 26.09.2017 - 12:38

News from Linnuvaatleja, www.linnuvaatleja.ee
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Estonian text published 24.09.2017

In addition to the cranes that have nested in Estonia large numbers of cranes arrived from Finland during last week from their northern breeding areas to Estonia . Now large crane flocks can be seen feeding in the fields in daytime and heading for the overnight areas in the evening.

Conspicuous mushrooms for urban people too

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 26.09.2017 - 12:23

Images sent by Aita Raud

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Estonian text published 18.09.2017

Pildistatud: 17. septembril Pärnus Riia mnt-l Alevi kalmistu ja Selveri autoparkla linnapoolses nurgas

Image from September 17, in Pärnu at Riia road, corner of Alevi cemetery and Selver’s parking area towards the city

 

Sulphur polypore; Chicken-of-the-woods     Vääveltorik or  väävlik         Laetiporus sulphureus

 

We can see the beautiful sulphur polypore or chicken-of-the-woods growing on old oaks or white willows, on the trunk of the tree or on thicker branches. On other broadleaf trees it is rather rarely found. In city parks, avenues or on solitary older trees it can develop already in the second half of June.