Betwen 4th and 14th of June 2006 four members of the “Milvus Group” Association, together with two colleagues from Czech Republic and respectively one from Poland carried out studies on distribution of birds from the Annex 1 of the Bird Directive of EC in Maramures and Rodnei Mountains. Our colleague from Poland Mikusek R. owl specialist zoologist of the Stolowych Mountains National Park discovered a new breeding location of the Pigmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum). Above the fact that voice of males were recognized, also shells of hached eggs and pellets were found. Previously we didn’t have any proove about the existance of this rare species in these mountains.
On the 9th of June 2006 the members of the Raptor Conservation Working Group ringed a Golden Eagle chick in a nest in the Turzii Gorge (Cluj County). The Gorge is a historical breeding place for this species. In all of the last three years this pair raised 2 chicks. This year, probably the smallest chick was killed by his elder brother (the phenomenon is cainism). The event is a premier for Romania, because nobody has ringed before a Golden Eagle chick in nest. We thank to the Administration of the Turzii Gorge Nature Reserve and to the Mountain Rescuer Service for their help. About the Golden Eagle program…
Betwen 4th and 14th of June 2006 four members of the “Milvus Group” Association, together with two colleagues from Czech Republic and respectively one from Poland carried out studies on birds in purpose of designating Natura 2000 sites in Maramures, Bistrita and Suceava counties. During this research we collected up to date prooves about the breeding of the Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) in the Maramures and Rodnei Mountains. From the first days we discovered indicators (droppings, holes digged in snow) which prooves the presence of the species in the area, after that Vermouzek Z. (Czech Rep.) than two of our members observed a displaying male.
As well as in the last year we can follow live the life of storks in the Muzeum of Storks from Dumbravioara. The monitoring camera was placed in function after the arrival of the stork pair. The two of four eggs laid by the female hatched on the 1st and 3rd of June 2006. Soon we will able to watch live the life of the stork family on our website too.
Electrocution on the poles of the medium voltage power lines is the biggest threat to the fledged young white storks. Not just storks are affected, but all large size birds – mostly diurnal and nocturnal raptors – which are using the poles for resting or as a perch for hunting. On the 9th of August, two young Storks settled down on a dangerous pylon inside Dumbravioara. Local people were trying to chase them away (because they know the pylons are dangerous for Storks) but unsuccessfully. At 10 o’clock after a short power-shortage, the two Storks were found dead under the pylon. Next day, another young Stork settled on a nearby pylon and died electrocuted. Besides these three victims, another young Stork was found hanging on a pylon at the edge of the village. During August, the Milvus Group, together with the Electricity Company will isolate 14 pylons in Dumbravioara (materials arrived already). This will be the first medium-voltage power-pole isolation in Romania. As the isolation method is expensive, we choose the pylons, which were in the immediate vicinity of the nests. These tragic events proved that all medium voltage power poles need to be isolated inside and in the neighborhood of the locality.