2014 migration

Season 2014
Season 2014 started 1st of July. Here we try to cover highlights of the season in English. However this may happen too sporadically. Check the opening page for complete news, which are mainly in Estonian.

Common Scoter Melanitta nigra sum was today 36,600 birds.

Over three weeks of the season has passed. Discover the numbers of migrants in 5-day periods here.

21.7.2014 – a very busy day
Common Scoters Melanitta nigra are continuing with intense migration – today’s total spinned over 75.000 individuals. Observers witnessed the peak between 20:00-22:30, when 36.700 Common Scoters passed the site. Season’s total of Common Scoters is now 300,000 individuals and much more is still expected in nearest days.

Other notable observations from the day were season’s best numbers for Velvet Scoters M. fusca (570), Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica (675) and Red-necked Grebes Podiceps grisegena (45).

18.7.2014 – the start of Common Scoters
Nice migration both in the morning and the evening and some wader activity during hot afternoon hours forced us to cover most of the daylight time by monitoring effort. Little Gulls Hydrocoleus minutus kept on coming, 280 adults were counted – the young are still few. Black-headed Gulls Larus ridibundus were on the move again, 2000 birds today.

Common Scoter Melanitta nigra with 31,700 individuals meant biggest daily sum for this species so far. Number of Dunlin Calidris alpina reached 1600 birds and season’s first Sanderlings Calidris alba passed monitoring point as well. More uncommon migrants for the day included two Garganeys Anas querquedula, two Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa and a Red-necked Pahalrope Phalaropus lobatus.

By the end of the day, season’s total of migrants reached 210,000 birds, of which 60 % have been Common Scoters.

9.7.2014 – 100.000 migrants exeeded
Season’s sum of migrating waterbirds exceeded today 100,000 individuals. As expected, most abundant migrants have been Common Scoter Melanitta nigra (51,000), Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus (32,000) and Goldeneye Bucephala clangula (5,800).

Today, first time for the season, adult Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis were assisted by juvenile birds. Similarly juvenile Arctic Terns and Common Terns have been uncommon so far. Opposite to this, the share of migrating juvenile Black-headed Gull has reached about one third.

Should we stay or should we go? Should we stay or should we go?