Good news of cranes

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 25.03.2018 - 11:54

News from  Aivar Leito

Photo Arne Ader
Translation Liis

Estonian text posted 23.03.2018

Sookurgede paarishüüd

Crane pair calling



Crane         Sookurg        Grus grus



I have the pleasure to tell you that our famous transmitter-wearing crane Ahja 5 whose transmitter has been absent on-line for some time has again waken up, and we have received the data recorded meanwhile.

Transmission from the crane disappeared on March 7th when he had reached  the Atatürk Barajl water reservoir in southern Turkey. Now we know that he continued his migration during the night across the reservoir and reached the vicinity of the city of Adiyaman, made a short resting stop and continued the migration in the north-northwesterly direction across the  mountains in central Turkey.

On March 10th at mid-day he reached the southern coast of the Black Sea between the towns of Ünye and Fatsa. The crane entered the air territory above the sea  at noon and crossed the eastern part of the Black Sea in a straight northerly direction and in the evening reached the northern coast of the sea near the city of Gelendzhak. After an overnight stop near the Kerch  Strait he continued his journey in a westerly direction and reached the Crimean  Peninsula on March 12th in early morning and at 9 o’clock the Askania  Nova biosphere reserve in South Ukraine. It is the same area where Ahja 5 spent the whole last summer!

It will be very exciting to see whether he will come to Estonia this summer or spend another summer there!? Myself I believe and hope that now he will come home.

Most of our transmitter-wearing cranes have started their spring migration  already and have reached Berlin, northern Serbia and the western part of Romania. Only Ivar delays and still stays in his winter quarters in Tunisia. Hopefully most of them will reach their home areas in April – we will see..

See the migration of the cranes and of the other of our transmitter-carrying birds on the Birdmap Migration Map:

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