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Last to flower of indigenous trees

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 12.07.2016 - 08:47

Photos  Arne Ader
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Pärn õitseb

Lime tree flowering

 

Small-leaved lime     Harilik pärn       Tilia cordata

 

Among Estonian trees the small-leaved lime is the last to flower this summer.

Some ten foreign species are used in urban landscaping in addition to the naturally occurring small-leaved lime; they all have round or broadly ovate (egg-shaped) leaves, with a roughly cordate (heart) shape and sawtooth margins.

Black stork camera works

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 10.07.2016 - 09:57

Image from webcam captured by  Liz, LK forum
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The storklets grow incredibly fast

 

Black stork    Must-toonekurg     Ciconia nigra

 

On Friday Ain managed to get the camera in working order.

In South Estonia there are still many households without electricity and communications after the storm on Sunday. The largest damage to forests occurred in 13 parishes: Karula, Taheva, Otepää in Valga County; Antsla, Urvaste, Mõniste, Varstu, Võru and Sõmerpalu in Võru County; Kambja and Haaslava in Tartu County, and Kanepi and Valgjärve parishes in Põlva County.

Badger’s subtenants VOL 2

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 10.07.2016 - 09:51
Sisu
rebasekutsikad
In addition to the badger setts, nowadays the stacks of wood for chipping may also be home to foxes.
Tarmo Mikussaar
 

I saw fox cubs at play around a chipping wood stack. This is also a bit of explanation to the fact that the fox burrows in the neighbourhood were empty this year. Why a fox family should prefer chips stacks to the burrows is not clear. In the stacks at field verges brown hares (Lepus europaeus), various rodents, weasels and stoats may also live, in addition to the above foxes and raccoon dogs. In forests there are also pine martens and several more rodent species besides those mentioned. Of birds I have come across wagtails, redbacked shrikes, whitethroats, blackbirds, wrens, robins etc.

Badger’s subtenants VOL 1

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 09.07.2016 - 09:47
Sisu
kähriku pojad
As home for young raccoon dogs we now also see the stacks of wood for chipping.
Tarmo Mikussaar
 

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In addition to the badgers, sometimes also foxes and raccoon dogs live in badger setts but with the changes in the use of wood their choice of places for living has widened in recent years. A new phenomenon in our landscape are the stacks of wood chips. As ever, nature does not like empty space and so new inhabitants have quickly moved into these stacks too. Usually stacks left standing for a somewhat longer period are preferred. Furred as well as feathered species live there.

In a stack left standing for a couple of years I this year discovered raccoon dog pups – among the most lovable  animal ”children” in our forests.

Buzzard camera ends transmission

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 09.07.2016 - 09:43

Webcam image captured by  Hagnat, LK forum
Summary of buzzard camera events Hagnat, LK forum
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On July 2nd we saw the buzzards at the nest for the last time

 

Buzzard    Hiireviu      Buteo buteo

 

We always continue hoping to see the nest inhabitants visiting the birthplace. But for buzzards the ties to the nest break at once on leaving (although certainly there may be exceptions).

Buzzards start their autumn migration in September-October, and LK will have reports from the migration. The young buzzards that were hatched this year will begin nesting in their third calendar year.