In winter of 2005 – 2006 we observed for the first time unusually numerous flocks of Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) on the Mureş River. In the period of 2005 November and 2006 February the Milvus Group’s ornithologists reported flocks with 300 – 900 individuals at the Mureş River, between localities Brâncoveneşti and Luduş. In winter of 2007 the birds reappeared again; flocks counting 200 – 400 specimens can be seen regularly also above the town of Tg. – Mureş. Despite the fact that in previous years we saw Great Cormorants also during their late fall – winter roaming, we considered worthy to note the presence of the species in such big number in Central Transylvania.
On the 18th December 2007, the Călimani Mountain’s sulphur mine guards found a Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata). They soon informed the rangers from Călimani Mountain National Park, who brought the bird to the park’s office in Vatra Dornei. One day later, Elena Cenuşă, the biologist of the park asked for the help of the Milvus Group members on our e-mail list. Following our indications, they examined the bird to detect possible injuries or lesions on the wings or on the body. The results of the detailed examination showed that the bird was completely healthy and in a good condition – therefore it was decided to release it as soon as possible. In the afternoon of the same day, the park’s team found a portion with deep water on the Bistriţa River, suitable for releasing. Soon, the bird adopted the normal, characteristic behavior (consecutive diving), proving that the saving action was successful.
On 8th December 2007 was held the first annual meeting of the monitoring team of the Romanian Common Bird Census project organized at the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca – Faculty of Biology and Geology by the Romanian Ornithological Society (ROS). About 50 participants has taken part on the meeting, most of them project volunteers and students. The meeting’s program included presentations about the results of the census activities as well as about different other activities and projects undertaken by Romanian ornithologists. Out of nine power point presentations held, four were prepared by the members of the Milvus Group and they were the following: Results of the Macin Mountain raptor migration census 2002-2007, Status of the Golden Eagle and the Peregrine Falcon in Romania, Status of the Red-footed Falcon in the Western Lowlands and The Saker Falcon (Falco c. cherrug) in Dobrudja. At the end of the meeting took place the raffle of some presents for the project participants, who sent observation data during 2006 and 2007.