Monthly Archives: August 2007

Changing of law in advantage of the Red-footed Falcons

In this spring, the law relative to Hunting and Game Managenemt has been changed in the benefit of the Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)! The Rook (Corvus frugilegus) was recently allowed to hunt all of the year and rookeries are preferred by this species for nesting. Pursuant to the new law change, the Rook can’t be hunt between 15 march and 15 august, ths period completly covers the breeding season of the falcons. For the compliance of the law, we permanently control the colonies within the project „Conservation of Falco vespertinus in the Pannonian Region” – LIFE 05 NAT/H/000122.

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Injured Eagle Owl in the care of the Milvus Group

An  injured adult Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) – which was found near Avrig (Sibiu County) – was transported by members of the Milvus Group to Tg.-Mureş on August 21st. The bird showed an open fracture on the wing (ulna) with infected wound. Two days later the bird was submitted for medical intervention in Tg.-Mureş, and the successful surgery was carried out by Dr. Borka Levente. At the present the wing is immobilized and the bird will receive antibiotic therapy for ten days. The recovery period it is estimated to be approximately five weeks during which the healing will be closely monitored. After this period we will do flying exercises for the bird, and finally if there are no complications it will be released in October. We want to thank Dr. Dan Ionescu, Dr. Déri János, Dorin Berghia and Mihai Bucşa for their help.

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Ringing of rare bird species in Romania

In summer of 2007, ringers from Milvus Group ringed several bird species which were ringed in Romania only a few before. During our fieldwork in Dobrugea we marked eleven chicks of Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka), five Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) and one adult Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus). Worth to note the five ringed Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) and one Sombre Tit (Parus lugubris).

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