Migratory birds are coming back!

ehedThe Lesser Spotted Eagles, the Rollers, Red-footed Falcons, White Storks and other migratory birds are on their way to the nesting areas in Europe. We expect to see them in Romania, from April, but the first storks can be seen already this month.

The migration routes of these birds are different but also alike too! Here are a few: (more…)

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Red-footed Falcon conservation measures: counting roosting sites, tagging birds with satellite transmitters

IMG_3665Following their long summer preparing, Red-footed Falcons start their migration in early autumn. On their way to south they roost in flocks of varying numbers (from a few individuals to even more than a thousand) on groups of trees. As they are faithful to their roosting sites, they arrive to these places each autumn. Milvus Group has been conducting Red-footed Falcon counts on roosting sites for several years now. Every week from mid-August until the first week of October synchronous observations are made in the Romanian, Hungarian and Serbian Red-footed Falcon roosting sites. Similarly to past years, this year observations have been made in 6 sites in western Romania (here we would like to thank all those helping us in these observations!). (more…)

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Arlie the Lesser Spotted Eagle arrives back in Romania

Arlie, the Lesser Spotted Eagle which the Conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle LIFE project team have been tracking by satellite transmitter since last year, has arrived back in Romania…

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Arlie the Lesser Spotted Eagle begins his spring migration northwards

phoca_thumb_l_dscn1332Arlie, the adult Lesser Spotted Eagle whose movements the Conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle LIFE project team have been tracking by satellite transmitter since last year, has started his spring migration northwards. The satellite information, charted using the Argos System, shows that between 8 and 11 am on the 14th February, he started flying North East from Namibia. By the 17th, he had travelled 650km, bringing him near the border of Zambia.

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Romanian Saker breeds in Crimea

Thea in the nest before fledging Photo: Socrate Adrianopolit
Thea in the nest before fledging
Photo: Socrate Adrianopolit

Satellite-tracking has revealed a long-suspected genetic relationship between the Central European and Eastern European Saker Falcon population. The finding gives new perspectives for the conservation of the species.

Thea, a female Saker Falcon, hatched in West Romania in 2012. She was one of the chicks of a new pair of Sakers discovered that year in the area where the borders of Romania, Serbia and Hungary meet. (more…)

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The second satellite transmitter mounted on a Saker Falcon in Romania

Photo: Socrate Adrianopolit

On the 1st of June 2012, coordinated by the Milvus Group, a satellite transmitter was mounted on a Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), the second one in Romania. The aim of these activities is to gather information about the life of Sakers. By following the movements of these birds, ornithologists can discover all the factors threatening the birds during their flight and identify adequate conservation measures, indispensable to stabilize the species’ breeding population. (more…)

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Good news from Béni ”the Survivor”

Photo: Saverio Gatto

In one of our previous articles we were expressing our worries about Béni, the surviving 2010 nestling which got stuck in the south of the Sinai Peninsula on its way back to Africa after having spent the summer In Turkey and did not manage to finds his way to Africa above the Suez Channel. Our reasons for concern were well grounded, as in 2010 another juvenile, Adél, had lost her life in the same area of the Sinai Peninsula. Béni 1 is the juvenile which amazed everybody last year when, after having succeeded in crossing the Sahara, he broke all records: the fastest speed (92 km/h), the longest distance covered in one single day (511,7 km) and the most kilometres covered in total during migration (13869,17 km until 06.01.2011). (more…)

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Another transmitter-equipped Lesser Spotted Eagle dies in Africa

According to the data we received from Köves’s transmitter, the signals have been coming from the same location – the town of Mubende in Uganda since 4.11.2011. The last signal from Köves came on 17.11.2011. The fact that the signals have been coming from the same location has made us wonder if the bird is still alive or it was captured, or lost its transmitter.

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Red-footed Falcons tagged with satellite transmitters

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Photo: Luca Dehelean

On 15th July 2009 has come to us a satellite telemetry transmitter to be mounted on a Red-Footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus). The transmitter with only five grams is currently the smallest existing transmitter can be mounted on birds.
In total purchased eight transmitters of which seven were mounted birds in Hungary and one in Romania. We believe that this event is a very important step in knowledge of the migration of this endangered species.

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