Black Storks Nesting – Estonia

You are watching a mating pairs of Black Storks located in Estonia. The bedding is made mostly of sticks mixed with green moss. They are wild storks. Eggs are laid every two days during April to early May. Incubation varies between 28-34 days. Both parents incubate the eggs. Incubation starts after the last egg is laid. The parents keep their young shaded and protected until about 2-3 weeks after they hatch.  The young start standing up in the nest at about 4 weeks of age and fledge at 8-9 weeks old.


2021 – 1st egg – 4/24/21 2nd egg – 4/26/21 3rd egg – 4/28/21 4th egg – 4/30/21. 1st and 2nd egg hatched on 5/28/21. 3rd hatched on 5/30/21. One egg broke during incubation. The chicks were fitted with satellite transmitters on July 9 and fledged during the week of the 8/4/21. Two reached their wintering grounds in Africa. One unfortunately did not and was taken by a predator.

2022 – Karl II first visited the nest on April 8th and Kaia on April 12th.