Monthly Archives: April 2012

Following the life of a Saker Falcon pair by using a webcam

On the official webpage of the Conservation of Saker Falcon in North-east Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovacia LIFE project the life of a Saker Falcon family can be followed live. A web camera was mounted in the front of an artificial nest on a high voltage pylon. The images can be followed also during night. 24-hour observation of a Saker nest has never been done anywhere in the world so far.

For more details and for the web cam click here.

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The 2nd bi-monthly report of Milvus Rehabilitation Centre (March-April 2012)

After winter past and the snow melted, the birds which survived didn`t had problems in searching for food. In March-April we received fewer phone calls than in the previous period. A total of 15 bird lovers from 9 localities asked for our help to treat the weakened or injured birds found by them. The number of injured birds was much higher than the number of weakened ones. Continue reading

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First egg in the nest

Interesting discovery in the stork nest from Dumbravioara, during the night from 22rd to 23th of April: the “male” who occupied the nest (as we supposed, because usually males are occupying the nests) is actually a female. She laid the first egg at 03:57 a.m.

After only two hours, at 05:51 a.m. she throws the egg from the nest.

Seems like that we are witnessing the same events as last year (Link). Stay with us and watch the “soap opera” from the stork nest from Dumbravioara…

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Intruders at the stork nest

On the 18th of April 2012 an observer („dika”) attracted our attention on the stork nest, where another stork was apparently present. Let`s see the images:

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Milvus Group tried out the knowledge of children and young people about nature

With the occasion of the “Integrated School Week” the Environmental Education Working Group of Milvus Group organized different activities for children and young people.

On the 3rd of April 2012 they organized an activity named “Detectives of Nature” on the Cornești Plateau (Tîrgu-Mureș) for 7 groups from kindergarten and elementary school. Continue reading

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The tree with the Lesser Spotted Eagle nest was cut down

From 2011 the movements of a Lesser Spotted Eagle can be followed through satellite: in the frame of the „Conservation of Aquila pomarina in Romania” LIFE project the ornithologists of Milvus Group mounted a satellite transmitter on the back of the adult male named Jobbágy. Currently the bird is near Congo, he`s hurrying back to his nest near Valea locality, where he has been breeding successfully in the past years, but he will only find a cut tree instead of the oak with his nest. Continue reading

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Stork observing game: when will the stork’s pair arrive?

On 25 April 2012 at 14.56 PM Bartók Csaba was the first who observed the stork’s pair on the nest from Dumbrăvioara! Congratulations! Continue reading

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Searching for Saker falcons in Romania

As the beginning of the breeding season of the Saker falcons (Falco cherrug) is the optimal time period to identify new breeding pairs on the field, employees of the “Milvus Group” have begun the search for territorial pairs and for available nests in the Western Plain of Romania and Dobrudja in March, 2012. These activities are implemented within the LIFE09 NAT/HU/000384 Saker falcon conservation program.

Based on the well-known preference of the Saker falcons to occupy raven (Corvus corax) and Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) nests built on high voltage electric pylons, we focused our searching efforts on powerlines from these two regions. Until now we’ve verified several powerlines with a total length of above 1000 km, and in the near future we will continue the search.

Our results regarding the finding of new Saker falcon pairs were above expectations, and suddenly, the number of territorial pairs known in Romania increased considerably! For further details please check the project’s official homepage:

http://sakerlife2.mme.hu/en/content/searching-saker-falcons-romania

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