One crane pair left nesting really late this summer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 19.08.2018 - 12:32

Text  Sibelle Lee

Photos Virge Võsujalg

Comments Aivar Leito, “Uncle Crane“

English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 17.08.2018


Such a crane chick was brought to us

On July 14th the Imeloomade Selts, a society that helps wild animals in distress, received a call that in the Kaelas village in Pärnu  County a lonely crane chick had appeared in the farm yard.

The neighbourhood had been searched but adults to whom to return their offspring was not to be found anywhere.

The wildlife helpers expected a half-metre tall angry fighter such as young cranes may be at this time. The surprise was great when the bird was handed to them across the gate in a small box. 

Glossy black berries in tree

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 17.08.2018 - 10:42

Photos Arne Ader
English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 10.08.2018


Bird cherry berries


Bird cherry    Harilik toomingas       Padus avium

From the flowers that were pollinated during the flowering time of the bird cherry black and glossy berries have ripened by now.


Bird cherry berries are quite edible: taste sourish, with a high Vitamin C content and quite good for the body. But they are rich in tanning compounds, making the mouth feel ”thick” on eating.

VIDEO: Departure now?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 16.08.2018 - 10:56

Screenshots from webcam UteL, LK forum
English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 15.08.2018


Yesterday morning the storklets were in the nest as usual…


Black stork        Must-toonekurg       Ciconia nigra 



The young storks left on migration as usual a little before they were three months old. They did not go on discovery trips together and they left from the nest at different times and in different directions. And how do we know?

Eelpout mating time

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 16.08.2018 - 10:45

Photos Tiit Hunt and Arne Ader
English translation Liis


Estonian text posted 10.08.2018



Viviparous eelpout or blenny    Emakala or kiviluts        Zoarces viviparus


The mating period is comparable to that of  mammals; the facts are as follows.

The male fertilizes the roe inside the female fish and in the ovary of the female fry develop from the roe grains. Thus the eelpout is a viviparous fish, or our only one to give birth to living fry..

Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: Admiral

Submitted by Looduskalender on Wed, 15.08.2018 - 23:11

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also posts texts in Vikerraadio

Photos: Arne Ader and Aare Lindt

Translation into English by Maret

Estonian text posted 07.08.2018



Last week I talked about my butterfly garden, so I thought that this summer I won’t mention butterflies any more. There are so many creatures out there just calling to me: Talk about me! Talk about me!

Chicory and buzzards, young common swifts ready for their first flight, and woolly burdocks, whose flower tufts are just so suitable for a “burdock war”.

But at Võtikvere book market I was approached by several people talking eagerly about admirals. I must confess, that I don’t know that much about them, only that they are migratory butterflies and that they look a little like an admiral’s three-corner hat. Dark brown, beautiful wings with proud orange stripes. and white spots on their wing tips.

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