VIDEO: Predator attacking starling chicks

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 20.05.2019 - 19:39

Video recorded by  Aita, LK forum
Estonian text posted 20.05.2019

 

 

Starling     Kuldnokk         Sturnus vulgaris

 

When it rains, it pours …

Half an hour before noon a hairy paw reached for the starling chicks. Since it is a rather secluded spot the ”robber” could well be a pine marten.

The starling adults were courageous in defending their chicks but against the mammal their power and self-sacrificing attacks were sadly not enough …

 

Sad times in owl nest for viewers

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 20.05.2019 - 19:27

Screencap from webcam  Timea, LK forum
Estonian text posted 2019.20.05

The tail feathers of the largest owl chick are still visible at the opening of the nest trunk

 

Tawny owl       Kodukakk        Strix aluco

 

We transmit the webcam images from the owl nest for the eleventh year. This year’s surviving owl chicks were hatched on April 18, 19 and 20. Such a sight we haven’t seen in the camera but it is known that similar things happen in the world of birds.

Lilac luck

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 20.05.2019 - 08:48

Written and presented in Vikerradio by Kristel Vilbaste
Photo Arne Ader
English translation LiisSirel

Lilac ( www.loodusemees.ee )

 

 

In South Estonia the lilac time has  already begun and I  cannot pass out through my garden gate without looking for a long time  for some lilac luck.

The lilac is a late arrival in Estonia and this custom is borrowed from the westerly folks, and even to them  this oriental shrub actually arrived only  in the middle of the 16th century.

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