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Long video story: Woodpecker occupies tit’s nest box

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 13.11.2016 - 01:23

Text and video records  Olle
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Estonian article published 31.10.2016



The entrance to the nest box of the great tit was made with a 3,5 cm drill. So that the greater spotted woodpecker would get into the box it must widen the opening by at least one and a half centimetres.

On Thursday, October 27th,  the woodpecker came to demolish the nest box in order to make the entrance suit its own body – an hour of hammering and a couple of hours of rest, and so two days with this schedule. A woodpecker does not easily leave something half-done and persistence led to the gaol.

On Saturday it finally squeezed in and at once started to throw out the great tit’s furnishings. As we can see it is a female greater spotted woodpecker; who has no red nape patch.

Badger stories: Encounter on a forest path

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 12.11.2016 - 13:52
mäger metsateel
In November the badger is settling down to winter sleep, some animals are already asleep, comfortably fattened up. But we would like to remind once more of the badger’s doings in spring when he is a quite slim creature and actively looking for food. In the photo the badger pads along a forest path in early spring until he notices the human, whom he inspects for a moment, then calmly leaves. Until meetings in spring!
Author of photo: Kristiina Tohv

Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 09.11.2016

VIDEO: Nothing left to "waste" in the forest

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 12.11.2016 - 13:32

Video recorded by  Ahto Täpsi
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Raccoon dog    Kährikkoer or kährik   Nyctereutes procyonoides


Tuesday in Meegaste in Valgamaa. The raccoon dog may have died of old age or been killed by some disease. Ravens as well as tits were present, another raccoon did not despise the cadaver either.

Interestingly, on the roads it is raccoon dog cadavers that are left lying around in autumn, other mammals are not particularly interested in them.