Wednesday, 14 March 2012

New breeding species for Majorca, the Griffon Vulture

Ornithologists from the islands have discovered a couple of nests of this species which arrived on the island due to heavy meteorological conditions.
It is always gratifying to be able to have extact information that refers to the colonisation of species on islands, and from the work and monitoring of some of the island ornithologists such as Jordi Muntaner or Maties Rebassa (among other), we have up to date news about some pairs of Griffon Vulture incubating on nests located on Majorcan cliffs.
From Balears WildLife-NHS we are very grateful  for all the search, effort and verification of a fact that everyone was waiting for in the Balearics, and it will probably be without doubt the avifaunistic event of the year.
During the next few months we will be awaiting offspring and therefore the first Griffon Vultures born in Majorca.

Nest boxes in the Cami des Cingle park

Last Friday and Saturday the activity to install nest boxes in the Cami des Cingle in the Port of Soller park was started.
     Friday afternoon an introductory presentation was given about the nest boxes.
Nest boxes fulfil three main functions; they complement the effort to control possible insect plagues as they improve the breeding success of species that feed on these insects, they are used to be able to study the breeding biology of the birds that occupy them, and lastly the can be and excellent method for environmental education. So all this can be possible, basic maintenance is necessary.
                         One of the species that can occupy the nest boxes, the Great Tit (P.Major). Photo: C.Fiol

The next morning the participants enjoyed an animated day out where adults and kids helped to install the boxes in the park.

                            Some of the participants with nest boxes ready to hang up. Photo: C.Fiol

A total of 18 boxes were finally hung on pines, olive trees and Carob trees.

                                 The moment when a nest box is installed. Photo: C.Fiol

The next outing will take place in April and May, covering the start and middle period of the species of birds that could use the boxes to breed.
The nest box occupation is a gradual process that takes years, but we hope to see the first nest live during the next visits

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Outings. Nest boxes for insectivores

Find out about nest boxes for birds they are used and the monitoring presently undertaken.

This will be the content of these outings organised by the Soller council and Balears Wildlife-NHS, aimed at the general public.
The participants will be introduced to the world of bird observation and study by means of the nest boxes.

The calendar for the group activities is as follows:
24th of February. Presentation talk: Nest boxes for insectivores; study and management
25th of February. Nest box installation at the Camí des Cingle park.
28th of April and 20th of May. Visit to the nest boxes to see the usage.
29th of September. Cleaning and nest box maintenance

Price for the group of activities 3.5 €.

Family discounts:
2 members 5 € , 3 members 9 €, 4 members 11 €, 5 members 14 €.

Inscription: Joventut de l'Ajuntament de Soller offices. Tel 971 63 83 84

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