Nightjar. 2019

2016: Great Tit (Parus major)
2018: Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
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Nightjar. 2019

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The Bird of the Year, 2019 is the Nightjar. öösorr in Estonian.
The webcamera is online now. The address for the stream is
https://tv.eenet.ee/sorr.html.

From June 5th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-x4V6-8Ftg

This is quite a small bird, so nest period will be not long. About three weeks if everything goes well, but also predation is quote possible there. This will be a short nesting season so we must make the most of it!
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European nightjar (Caprimulgus Europaeus), in Estonian öösorr (öö - night, sorr - a sound made by pouring water), is the Estonian bird of the year 2019 (Aasta lind 2019). It is best known for its “churring” song and has more than 100 different names in Estonian.

The Nightjar, also known as common goatsucker, is a nocturnal bird in the nightjar family that breeds in Europe and is wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. It is feeding on moths, flies and beetles and is amazingly well camouflaged. The Nightjar is most easily spotted at dusk when the males can be seen displaying to females, flying around them, wing-clapping and making their distinctive “churring” sound. Estonian population size is estimated to 5000-10 000 nesting pairs.

More information about the bird of the year activities (in Estonian): https://www.eoy.ee/oosorr


The Nightjar nest camera

Eagle Club (Kotkaklubi) and BirdLife Estonia (Eesti Ornitloogiaühing) installed a webcam on the Nightjar nest on the first days of June. The nest is situated on Hiiumaa – the second biggest island in Estonia. Renno found the nest on the last week of May, when there was one egg. By the time of the camera installation, there were already two eggs, which is the regular size of a Nightjar’s clutch. Incubation period for Nightjar is 17-21 days and we expect the chicks to hatch a week before the Midsummer. The young will stay on the nest for a week, but we don’t know that for sure and hope to find out by the help of the camera. As a ground nesting bird Nightjar’s clutch is an easy prey for the predators and a considerable number of nests are destroyed. Nevertheless, we hope to see two young Nightjars growing up.

A remote-controlled camera, familiar from the Capercaillie lek, is installed a few meters from the Nightjar nest and is equipped with an infrared light source so that we can watch the nest during the night as well. The camera was installed by Renno Nellis and Urmas Sellis from Eagle Club and Omar Neiland from Beta Group OÜ. Server space is provided by EENet and the forum is maintained by Looduskalender. The project is supported by the Environmental Investment Centre.

Camera links:

Direct stream: http://tv.eenet.ee/sorr.html
iPhone / iPad, Android, VLC: http://tv.eenet.ee/hls/sorr.m3u8
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-x4V6-8Ftg (Urmas Lett channel)

Archive: http://193.40.124.24/2019-öösorr/


Main events 2019

Summary of the season (in Estonian): https://www.eoy.ee/oosorr/kaamera

28. May --- Nest with 1 egg is found
3. June --- Camera goes online (2 eggs in the nest)
13. June --- First chick hatches https://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/vie ... 22#p665722
14. June --- Second chick hatches https://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/vie ... 81#p665981
17. June --- Chicks take first steps outside of the nest viewtopic.php?p=667213#p667213
27. June --- A chick first seen flying https://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/vie ... 83#p670383
28. June --- Chicks have moved away from the nest https://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/vie ... 97#p670397
2. July - 3. July --- One chick is missing from the cameraview https://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/vie ... 77#p671677
9. July --- Last sighting of chicks during daylight viewtopic.php?p=674007#p674007
13. July --- Nightjars last seen viewtopic.php?p=675714#p675714

Video summary:


The nestsite (find the nest 8-) )
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The camera system (from left: the nest, camera, microphone)
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Thank you for the hint, Jo UK :2thumbsup:
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Wow, a Nightjar! That's exciting... 8-)
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Thank you, Jo. :wave:
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Many thanks.

22:50
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23:12
Eggs alone...
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Hi, everyone!

23:13 two eggs visible and the alarm call of a male nightjar is to hear

23:15:34 female calls, 23:16 male begins to sing

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June 4

Good Morning :hi:

Thank you very much for this interesting camera.

5:54 Female is sleeping
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Just got the livestream to work for me, and I'm super pleased! We're really lucky to have a chance to observe such an elusive bird. :nod: Huge thanks to everyone who makes these things possible - and a humble request for this cam also on YouTube :whistling: because the new 12-hour replay function would really be valuable here.
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thanks for the opportunity to watch this very surreptitious species.
thanks Triin for infos about that bird, and thanks JoUK this thread, so that we can report what we observe.

thanks for the pictures, which already taken :wave:
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No stream.
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IceAge wrote: June 4th, 2019, 11:02 amNo stream.
Webcam is asleep at the moment, but we'll be able to fix it in the evening. Skipped the testing period with this cam, as the nightjar nesting season is so short.
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Triin, many thanks for the information.
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one of yesterday

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and in the afternoon

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... and awake in the early evening 19:37

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Camera is working, but I'm not sure where it is pointing at :puzzled:
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