VIDEO: Winter Garden Bird Watch at the weekend

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 30.01.2018 - 20:21

Video Ahto Täpsi
Translation Liis


Estonian text posted 29.01.2018




Did you watch and count birds at the weekend?

The Winter Garden Bird Watch took place on January 26.-28. It has developed into the most popular birdwatching event in Estonia and the largest people’s science enterprise.


A preliminary summary of the survey from the Estonian Ornithological Society:

On the weekend more than 44 000 birds were counted

At the watch in last weekend that took place for the ninth time more than 44 000 birds of at least 60 species were observed according to the first preliminary results. On Monday morning 1700 bird friends had already forwarded their data to the Estonian Ornithological Society. They had observed garden birds in 1200 locations all over Estonia. Observations can still be forwarded until February 5th.

The most numerous species was once again the great tit that made up almost a third of the total number of the observed birds. As in earlier years the greenfinch, tree sparrow, bullfinch and blue tit were among the first five. 

The observation results were affected by the thaw weather in the observation days which reduced the need of the birds of the extra food in the birdfeeders. The average number of birds in a watching location is 20% smaller compared to cold winters; several observers reported a complete lack of birds. Among more exciting species the robin, wren, pygmy owl and great grey shrike were noted. 

The Estonian Ornithological Society thanks all participants in the Garden Bird Watch. We would like to remind that we wait for watch results until February 5th. They can be entered on the website of the Garden Bird Watch  or sent by post (Estonian Ornithological Society, Veski 4, Tartu 51005).

On the home page above you can see all observations already entered and their location on the map in real time.

We also look forward to receive results from the locations where no bird was observed during the observation hour as the absence of birds is as important information as the presence of them.

The final summary will be published in mid-February.


Additional information:

Aarne Tuule

Winter Garden Bird Watch coordinator



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