Crane migration

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 16.09.2017 - 13:37

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Translation Liis


Estonian text published 13.09.2017t



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The mobile web camera that recently showed the migration of waders is now on the Sassi Peninsula in the Matsalu National Park in an area where migrating cranes stop overnight.

The crane migration is gathering momentum and its peak usually comes in the second half of September when the weather in the North gets crisper.


In a straw field about 5 km away from the Sassi peninsula already a flock of up to 500 cranes could be seen yesterday in daytime. The main feeding areas are in the larger fields of the Sassi peninsula in the east, up to Kirimäe and Martna.

According to data from Aivar Leito, coordinator of the national crane surveillance project, the most important overnight area for migrating cranes is the Põgari-Sassi area between Tauksi island and Tuuru beach. In the area around the bay up to 10 000 birds stop on their autumn migration.

The crane groups generally arrive to the overnight place a couple of hours before and up to half an hour after sunset and leave in the morning at sunrise. These are the best chances to see these graceful migrants, and even if a great part of the birds is not in camera view their singular calls can be heard.

Apart from the cranes it will certainly be possible to see Branta and Anser geese, great egrets, birds of prey, ducks and other migrants and also more sedentary birds.

It is worthwhile to keep an eye on the camera even in daytime.

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