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Winter birdfeeder camera – mammals at birdfeeders

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 25.03.2018 - 11:48

Visitors  introduced by  Linnuvaatleja, www.linnuvaatleja.ee
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Estonian text posted 21-03-2018

The northern winter is a severe scourge not only for birds but for mammals too. Some bats fly to winter quarters in warmer areas in Europe, others stay to hibernate in their native country. Bears, badgers, raccoon dogs, dormice, birch mice and hedgehogs also hibernate. Many quadrupeds however are left to face the cold and famine and in the search for shelter and food they do not even shun the dangerous closeness of humans. Smaller mammals – for instance some rodents – also visit the birdfeeders.

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Squirrel / Photo: Arne Ader (www.loodusemees.ee)

On Sunday the city with the greatest abundance of birds in Estonia will be revealed

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 24.03.2018 - 01:32

Estonian Ornithological Society announces
Photo Arne Ader
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Estonian test posted 21.03.2018

Lõotalv. Otepää

Lark winter. Otepää

 

This Sunday,  March 25th, the Estonian Ornithological Society arranges a city birdwatching day aimed to draw attention to the abundance of birds in cities and the beginning of the arrival of migrating birds. Last year 24 Estonian cities participated in the birdwatching day and altogether 111 different bird species were noted. 

The starting signal for the city birdwatching day is on March 25th, in early morning at 5.00. But the early start should not discourage you because all observations of birds made until 13.00 will be taken into account. So there should be enough time for a birdwatching trip for late risers too.

Second egg in eagle nest!

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 22.03.2018 - 01:19

Screencap by  Laranjeiras, LK forum
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Estonian text posted 21.03.2018 

 

White-tailed eagle     Merikotkas      Haliaeëtus albicilla

We were expecting an egg in the nest tonight – and it did arrive.

So the first egg was in the nest on Sunday evening, March 18th; today after five o’clock the second egg, on March 21st. If everything proceeds nicely we may expect the laying of a third egg on Saturday afternoon.

VIDEO: Egg in nest and how they went on

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 22.03.2018 - 01:07

Video recorded by  Urmas Lettwww.eenet.ee

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Estonian text posted 19.03.2018

 

 

White-tailed eagle      Merikotkas          Haliaeëtus albicilla

 

The female carrying out this year’s important event and the male encouraging her…

Today the eagle pair have taken turns to warm the egg in the nest.  In early evening a snowfall started but we have seen the birds incubating in a heap of snow in earlier years too.

Which bird is in the nest? By her dark eyes we recognize the female (really simple to distinguish them this year).

Deer antlers disappear on-line

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 22.03.2018 - 00:46

Text Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee

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Estonian text posted 14.03.2018

The red deer bulls, or stags,  shed their antlers in large amounts currently; a first solitary antler this year was found near the camera on February 20th.

Imprints of sleeping of many deer in the adjacent copse suggest that the 20-22 headed bull herd has not been very  mobile during the winter and mostly stayed near the feeding ground.
While during the previous winters-springs antlers were only sporadically shed on the ground  then now during the shedding period that has lasted two-three weeks exceptionally many have been shed here – up to now already antlers from at least six deer.

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