Text Ivar Ojaste
Images Aivar Leito
English translation Liis
Estonian text posted 08.10. 2018
Cranes “Soits 1“and “Soits 2“ left their home in Elistvere on September 18th, and at the moment are staying in the Hortobagy National Park in East Hungary
During their autumn migration the 9 cranes, ringed and wearing satellite transmitters on the initiative of Aivar Leito who recently left us, have reached
Near the town of Anklam in north-eastern Germany crane ”Paslepa” from Noarootsi in Läänemaa (ringed in 2017) already stays since some time. Cranes ”Loode” (ringed in
Last autumn crane "Uko" used the Central European migratory route of cranes, spending the previous winter in
Crane "Paslepa" spent the previous winter, 2017/2018, in north-eastern
All the other six cranes from
At the moment our cranes have already drifted somewhat apart and found the best stopping and overnight places in different wetland areas but still within the borders of the National Park. But where one or the other will stay for winter or fly to will not be clear until maybe in November – December since the Hungarian cornfields offer the birds pleasant bellyfuls for a long time.
Crane "Ahja 5" surprised us in the autumn of 2016 by flying (evidently still together with the parents) from here across the Mediterranean to
The migration paths of the Estonian satellite birds can be followed on the website: http://birdmap.5dvision.ee.