Winter garden bird count starts already on Friday

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 25.01.2019 - 13:16

Estonian Ornithological Society invites you to participate

Estonian text posted 23.01.2019

On the last weekend of January, January 25th – 27th, all who are  interested can join the winter garden bird survey.

At the weekend you have to find an hour, go to your home garden or a park and note all the bird species that you meet there. Please enter the observations on the corresponding form. Read how to take part in the bird count.

The data collected in the winter bird survey will be used to monitor changes in the number of winter birds which, if necessary,  allows us to take action to improve the welfare of the birds  Moreover it is a nice way to learn to know the winter garden birds.

Bear life hidden in snow carpet

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 24.01.2019 - 22:03

Photos  Ahto Täpsi
English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 18.01.2019

The winter dens of our bears may look very different


Brown bear       Pruunkaru or  karu        Ursus arctos

In the Estonian forests brown bears started to give birth already before Christmas and it lasts until the end of the month. Of our bear population of nearly seven hundred individuals this year sixty bear mothers should give birth to cubs or have already done so.

Morning in the winter bird feeder webcam

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 20.01.2019 - 11:40

Screencap from webcam IceAge, LK forum
English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 16.01.2019

Great tits, greenfinches, tree sparrows…

Those who feed birds know that the first arrivals are the great tits, already in the morning dusk – the winter bird webcam watchers notice it too.

The earliest is of course some older great tit that knows the neighbourhood thoroughly and has spent the night nearby. Together with the blue tits they cooperate peacefully and nicely in  order  – the older, larger birds are given priority. Marsh tits are the last arrivals among the tits. The first three-quarters of the hour belongs to the tits.

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