Bird autumn migration in Malta


This 4 August 2020 video from Malta says about itself:

First signs of the autumn migration!

The hot summer months are in full swing and yet, despite this, nature still takes its cycle with several birds now at the end of their breeding seasons. At Għadira Nature Reserve, a pair of Little Ringed Plover are still incubating their third brood of the season, whilst the Black-winged Stilts are preparing to take off on their first migration, with the hope that they are back to breed next year.

Spotted Flycatchers are also busy seeing to their young, continuously on the go to provide them with a variety of insects. The Collared Doves, which – like the Spotted Flycatcher – can now be observed in various localities, can be seen occupying high perches from where their unmistakable cooing can be heard.

At the nature reserves several wader species, normally amongst the first to signal autumn migration, can be observed, namely Little Stint, Dunlin, Ruff and Common Sandpiper. Salina Nature Reserve, apart from hosting waders, also has a good number of gulls resting and feeding, mostly Yellow-legged Gull but also the occasional Audouin’s Gull.

Footage by Aron Tanti, editing by Nathaniel Attard.

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