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The fourth wintering Long-eared Owl census (2012-2013)

The wintering Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) census continues also this year! The importance of this programme lies in the finding of many more wintering roosts to discover the most important places for the wintering owls. While in 2009, in the beginning of the programme we knew 20 wintering roosts, at the moment we know 51 of them! This programme is also important Continue reading

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Midwinter Waterbird Census

Photo: Luca Dehelean

This year, between 10th and 20th January “Milvus Group” Association together with the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) organized again the annual census of the wintering waterfowl (Midwinter Waterbird Census) in Romania. The event is coordinated by Wetlands International. Data for our organization were sent by our members and also by other volunteers, totalizing 49 participants. They made observations in 92 different areas and locations from the range of 24 counties. In total there were counted 226,565 birds belonging to 127 species. From this, a number of 188,809 specimens (which means 83.3% from the total) belong to different waterbird and aquatic species. The five most common species were the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) – 80,063 ex., the Coot (Fulica atra) – 27,082 ex., the Rook (Corvus frugilegus) –23166 ex., the White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) – 18,214 ex. and the Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) – 6,093 ex.. Continue reading

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The third wintering Long-eared Owl census (2011-2012)

As in previous years, ”Milvus Group” Bird and Nature Protection Association organises the Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) census also this year. This program is running in other East and Central European countries with the same method: counting the owls in their winter roosts. This synchronous census is important to clarify some questions related to the species. With this method many unknown wintering places have been discovered in Romania. Continue reading

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