Photo: Dehelean Luca
In winter 2010-2011 members of the Milvus Group have mounted a number of five artificial nestboxes for Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) and seventeen nests for Tengmalm’s Owl (Aegolius funereus). These nestboxes were placed in areas where the presence of these two species has been previously confirmed. While for the
Pygmy Owl all the artificial nests were mounted in Călimani Mountains, for the Tengmalm’s were distributed along the two main valleys in Giurgiu Mountains and Călimani Mountains.
In the future we will place other artificial nests for these two mountain distributed owl species, but also for others, as Ural Owl.
On 30th of January 2011, four Milvus Group members along with inspectors from the Arad County Police Inspectorate conducted a control on the animal market in Arad city. The aim was to detect the occurring irregularities regarding the illegal trade of songbirds from the native fauna.
During the control we identified three illegal traders those who offer together for sale 8 Goldfinches and 2 Greenfinches. All birds were confiscated, ringed and then released, and vendors have received warning from the police. As in previous months, in future we will continue to conduct such inspections too, and we will request the competent authorities to penalize the illegal traders.