READER'S LETTER: White stork nest in farm yard

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 05.08.2019 - 09:01

Text and images Vicky Korju
Estonian text posted 31.07.2019

Adult bird and young stork  in evening light


White stork       Valge-toonekurg      Ciconia ciconia


I read in Looduskalender that you are invited to send your stories from nature around your home.

I moved to live in  Kärpla village, in a farmhouse that had been standing empty for more than six years. A couple of weeks later a white stork moved into the farm yard. While the house stood empty the stork nest was also empty for all the years. My question is: why do the white storks need someone to live in the house or near the nest?

VIDEO: Black stork young birds two months and a half

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 02.08.2019 - 19:27

Illustrations  Liz, LK forum
Estonian text posted 31.07.2019



Black stork  Must-toonekurg       Ciconia nigra


In early morning they set off on flights but the young birds must be back in the nest around eight o’clock because male Karl might come to the nest with the early morning prey about then. Who arrives too late in the nest may be left without food – and who wants that.

Black stork camera news

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 02.08.2019 - 19:19

Screencap from webcam Anne, LK forum
Estonian text posted 27.07.2019

Female stork Kati


Black stork        Must-toonekurg        Ciconia nigra


The young storks have flying exercises in the morning, everything seems to be order with the orienteering sense of the young birds. After that they have to wait for male Karl with the morning meal and the day goes on.

For some days we have no longer seen mother Kati in the nest. As we already know from earlier years the female leaves first, to head quietly for the wintering grounds.

The forum viewers voted about names for the young storks:

VIDEO: All young ospreys fly

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 02.08.2019 - 19:10

Recorded by  ExpertOfNothing, LK forum
Estonian text posted 28.07.2019   


The other juvenile can already be seen in the "perching tree“


Osprey         Kalakotkas       Pandion haliaetus 


This morning a few minutes past eleven o’clock the last young bird in the nest set out to fly. There was no room for landing beside the sibling on the perching tree. So it was a ”sensible” decision to return to the nest after the flying tours.

The young ospreys in the Osprey 2 nest will be two months old in the beginning of August.

The young birds of the Bird of the Year have started independent lives

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 29.07.2019 - 08:08

Information from  Estonian Ornithological Society
Images from web camera
Estonian text posted 25.07.2019

Two chicks were hatched for the Bird of the Year, the nightjar, monitored  by the web camera 

From early July all interested watchers could observe the nest life of the Bird of the year, the nightjar. Now the two chicks that were hatched in mid-June have started their independent lives and the nest camera ends its work.

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