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27.10.2013 New wintering site for Ahja Crane family
We knew that Ahja Crane family has wintered previously in southern coast of Turkey, Adana (Çukurova) plain (look at 2012 autumn migration). Last year Ahja 3 perished in Ukraine, but current season Ahja 4used similar track flying first to the Adana plains, but left those after couple of days following south for about 400 km probably together with parents throughout of one day. So Ahja 4 reached in evening 23th of October Agamon lake to roost there in shallow water safely. That is one of the most known reserves in Israel,Agamon Hula Park. The biggest attraction in the Park is built of tens of thousands of Cranes around there. If last year among those was possible to see Finnish juvelile Crane named Mansikka, then current season there is Estonian Crane present in Crane Paradise. The ring codes are visible in Gallery of Ahja 4. The great numbers of Cranes are attracted by mild climate and additional feeding, what framers do to avoid damages to their fields. Interesting, how is communication going on among distant Crane flocks, because most probably the parents of Ahja 4 wintered previously several hundreds of kilometers northwards? Crane of Savimäe stops over in eastern part of Hungary, NE of famous Hortobagy NP and spends nights in shallow water of fish ponds. Hauka 2 stops over in Ukraine, near Isthmus of Perekop, N of Crimea peninsula, but new data need to wait, because we get those after every ten days. Other two Cranes' data we can get after every five days.
Of Lesser Spotted Eagles (LSE) Karin has reached her wintering grounds in Zambia and Jaan is close to. Other LSEs still need to fly. Aadu and Max use GSM Network for to transmit data, but they were probably not in area of Network last days and we need to wait.
15.10.2013 Five birds arrived
Greater Spotted Eagles (GSEs) and Black Storks arrived to the wintering grounds. They all know those places from past, except hybrid Spotted Eagle Tunne, listed among GSEs on map. He probably searches for better place, yet. Lesser Spotted Eagles (LSEs) follow experienced female LSE Karin to the southern Africa. All of them are crossing African continent now. Magnus did not cross the sea on his way, but there are simply missing the data. Max lost couple of days in Sinai, before crossing gulf of Suez, so he is almost last among LSEs (probably the weather was not suitable for crossing the water and LSEs do not like wide water). Also Cranes need to fly in near future, to reach destination. Savimäe made a migration jump to the Hungary, Hortobagy. But others are according todays data still in Belorussia. Latvian Osprey Eriks is probably better to remove from the map, because his location is misleading now. His logger is not working since July, but the bird is on migration... White-tailed Eagles do not hurry anywhere.
GSE Tõnn has behaved this season a bit differently, he made several short trips to the Sierra de Enguera mountains about 80 km north of El Hondo wetlands. That area may be similar to the Tõnns favoure summer locations in Scandinavia as covered with coniferous forest and the climate is cooler.
29.09.2013 Migrants are gone
All migratory birds we can follow, are gone from Estonia. Last ones left just before weather turned cool and rainy. In 23 of September started last bird we follow among migrants, Greater Spotted Eagle Iti. Usually she started about couple of weeks later, but this year the nesting was unsuccessful with no chicks.
White-tailed Eagles (WtE) are not really migratory birds, though can make quite long distance movements. WtE Meelis visited Seda bogs in Latvia, where he spent last winter, but did not stay there for longer. He likes natural landscape in Russian side of Pskov lake. Wte of the same age, Sillu stays in Finland, Saaristomeren Archipelago and just yesterday flew to Aland, further islands in the sea. Latvian adult WtE A531 flys around in border area between Latvia and Lithuania. Other "Latvian", A540 has not sent us any information, so logger probably is malfunctioning. Osprey Eriks is also probably on migration, but the transmitter is sending nothing. If possibility appears, we try to re trap Eriks during next season.
There are added to the map new birds, Cranes and Lesser Spotted Eagles. Also one hybrid Spotted Eagle will be added if he will send us some GPS locations, but we know he is migrating.
05.09.2013 Tõnn reached wintering grounds
That time when children started with school in Estonia (some in age of six years), the Greater Spotted Eagle (GSE) Tõnn born in Estonia, arrived sixth time in his life to wintering grounds placed in Spain, El Hondo wetlands. The area of the wintering site is not large, but it is suitable for Tõnn. Current arriving was the earliest of all.
As we complained about ESTLAT project area and the birds tending to be outside of that, one immature Wthite-tailed Eagle (WtE) named Meelis, took it seriously and returned from Russia to Latvia. Meelis is checking now the places he knows from winter time, Seda bog area near Strenci and surroundings. As we know, that area is also important for migrating Cranes. Last year there stopped also the family of tagged Crane Hauka. We will see what this year?
Black Stork Priidu we can follow seventh autumn migration in row. He stops over in usual place at Danube river plains in Romania, before to make it up to Darfur, western Sudan. We received also couple of locations about Black Stork Pirsu, but those are not exact to show in migration map.
26.08.2013 Eagles cross borders and terms
The activities of the ESTLAT Eagles project are allowed only within the project area. But the eagles tagged within the project, they do not follow the rules. They all have ignored the ESTLAT rules and visited places outside the project area or even outside the project countries. So the white-tailed eagle A531 visits often Lithuania, Meelis spends most of time in Russia, Sillu went for winter to Poland and now she is in Finland. We probably need to forgive ospreys, because migrating to Africa is essential for to survive.
Seems all the ospreys managed to stop their transmitters. Ilze perished in southern Italy last year, but Eriks transmitter worked for longest, up to end of July. Estonian osprey Piret returned from migration with malfunctioning device, being stopped three weeks earlier in Egypt. Tag of Ilmar worked some months longer, but stopped also near the end of July. Only we managed to remove silent tag of Ilmar. Hopefully we will be more successful in next season.
Greater spotted eagle Tõnn is quick with migration this season,Film izle in 22nd of August he arrived France (crossing Belgium). Also was very quick old black stork Raivo, who made it with ten days from Estonia to Israel.
There will be on map new birds, but we will add those if they leave nest sites.
11.08.2013 Autumn migration strated
The immature White-tailed Eagle
(WtE) Meelis went for summer
about 1300 km northward and spent time in the shore of Arctic Ocean.
Meelis left Kola peninsula in 24th of July and reached eastern shore of Lake Peipus within five days. He
stayed there up to now. Interesting, if we can name that
movement as migration? Or simply moving around?
time the female immature WtE Sillu of the same age is
much more local and spends most of time in Hiiumaa island, Käina
bay, near Cormorant colony... you could guess, why?
The Black Stork Raivo, veteran in
our project, was seemingly first real migrant. He left breeding
sites about 2 PM in 2nd of August or to be more exact - he left
feeding site we call as fish pond. Raivo has no chicks this year,
so his condition was perfect to migrate without of longer stop up to Turkey (and maybe ahead, if we see next data). The
probable target for Raivo is the valley of Jordan river and the
fish ponds there. The mean flight speed he has about 50 km/h and
in a day he covers up to 460 km. For flying Raivo uses time from
10 AM up to 4-5 PM, means time with thermal wind. Rest of light
time he uses for feeding in suitable areas, but often simply for
Greater Spotted Eagle (GSE) Tõnn became restless near the end of July, having spent long time in small area in Mid-Norway (look at images in Tõnns gallery). He started southwards also in 2nd of August and made it up to southern Norway within five days, then stopped about 40 km of Oslo.
27.07.2013 Autumn season started in mid July
Like in last year, we started autumn season in 15th of July. Though non of followed birds started the migration, yet.
After a month and a half of silence we got data form juvenile White-tailed Eagle Meelis. He disappeared in border area between Finland and Russia. The GSM network Meelis rearched in southern coast of Kola peninsula, returning from the shore of Barents sea in northern cost of Kola. Sillu, who we tagged the same time last year, she moves not so much, but keeps on Hiiumaa island (the second biggest in Estonia). She is foraging around the Cormorants colony and returns there often (interesting, why?). Almost adult Latvian A531 has still not territory, but is looking around on border area between Latvia and Lithuania.
At the moment on the migration map there are visible the birds, who sent some data during second half of July. There are not well working the transmitters of Black Stork Pirsu, Ospreys Piret and Ilmar, also White-tailed Eagle A540 from Latvia.
Probably there is no long time to wait for first start of migration!
10.06.2013 Migration suspended for summer time
In spite the migration season is over, some birds don’t want to
stay on their territories. Depending on bird, it could be caused by young age
or there is not found a partner to breed, yet.
Movements of breeding birds we do not show on map publically,
therefore the Latvian white-tailed eagle A540 is not much moving on map. Particularly
A540 has a nest and visits the place quite often, though no eggs there will be
this year – it is too late to lay.
Another Latvian white-tailed eagle A531 for opposite has no nest,
yet. Therefore he flies quite widely around and searches for goo and free
place. The juvenile white-tailed eagles Sillu ja Meelis discover the world and
in summer time it is the best moment to fly northwards where the day is longer
and not so hot. The favour area for SIllu has been during last time islands
Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, those are not far of her home area. Meelis has started
his longest journey of the life and last data show him to be in northern Karelia,
on the border of Russia and Finland.
Greater spotted eagle Tõnn flies around in Scandinavia, means no
partner has found.
23.04.2013 Arriving and passing birds
Migration has been very intensive, so it was difficult to make any summary on a way. First arrived to Estonia Greater Spotted Eagle (GSE) Sander, at 11th of April. He did not fly to the nest, but visited during ten days Latvia, Russia and western Estonia before arrived to nest site in Tartumaa county. That is not usual behavior, maybe the full snow cover made eagle confused?
Next at home was at 14th or 15th of April the Black Stork Priidu, from Saaremaa county. In 16th of April arrived Latvian Osprey Eriks, also GSEs Iti and Tõnn, though Tõnn went ahead to Finland. In 17th of April arrived Black Stork Raivo and Lesser Spotted Eagle (LSE) Karin. Second LSE Magnus reached breeding grounds in 21st of April. Probably also Black Stork Pirsu is at home, but transmitter is not well working.
Good news about Osprey Piret, she did not send any information after Nile delta, but she arrived to the nest site in 22nd of April, means her tag is not working anymore. A day before the second tagged Osprey, Ilmar arrived to the web camera nest in Tartumaa county.
The White-tailed Eagles do not migrate really, but move around. Non of them is breeding, yet.