Saturday, 26 May 2012

New bird ringing session

Last Sunday, included in the activities organised by the Ajuntament de Sóller and NHS Balears, a new ringing session was carried out at the parc del Camí des Cingles at Puerto de Sóller.

                                                         Ornithologist J.L. Martinez explaining

The assistants were able to observe species such as Sardinian Warbler (S.  melanocephala),  Blackcap (S.  atricapilla),  House Sparrow(P. domesticus) and Great Tit (P. major), an help out with the ringing.

                                                                  One of the participants with a Sardinian Warbler

Nest box monitoring of the ones installed in the Park was also explained to the participants.

The ornithology course begins at the Museu de Ciències

This last Friday and Saturday the Introductory Course to Ornithology “Discovering Bird Life” began at the Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals, organised by the Museum and NHS Balears.

This first part covered prenupcial migration and bird reproduction coinciding with the season in they take part.
The prenuptial migration is undertaken by migratory species travelling to their breeding grounds. This is motivated by a series of environmental factors and involves a race against time to beat all the obstacles along the route and claim the best breeding areas.
The survival of a species or population depends on the breeding success, so a lot of energy and effort is invested in rearing young by means of different mechanisms and strategies.
                                                                       C.Fiol lecturing on bird reproduction.

The theory part was complemented with an outing on Saturday morning to the s’Albufera Natural Park.
There the participants managed to see various migratory species and some birds in the middle of breeding.

                                              Bird watching from a hide with  J.L.Martínez explaining.

Tiny Kentish Plover chick searching for food.

Species observed:
Tringa erythropus                                           Anas strepera
Charadrius alexandrinus                                 Anas clypeata
Himantopus himantopus                                 Netta rufina
Sterna nilotica                                                Tadorna tadorna
Sterna hirundo                                                Burhinus oedicnemus
Gallinula chloropus                                         Circus aeruginosus
Fulica atra                                                      Apus apus
Fulica cristata                                                 Hirundo rustica
Porphyrio porphyrio                                       Turdus merula 
Bubulcus ibis                                                  Passer domesticus
Egretta garzetta                                              Carduelis chloris
Egretta alba                                                   Carduelis carduelis
Ardea cinerea                                                Serinus serinus
Ardea purpurea                                             Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Nycticorax nycticorax                                    Cettia cetti
Ardeola ralloides                                            Luscinia megarhynchos
Anas plathyrhynchos                                      Sylvia melanocephala

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Nest box visit at Mondragó National Park

This Saturday 12th of May, the Mondragó Natural Park (Santanyí) has organised an outing to the nest boxes installed in the park and that are monitored by NHS.
You will be able to see nest made by Great Tits (P.major) and House Sparrows (P.domesticus) in the boxes, also clutches and also with a bit of luck the first chicks. Biologist Cristina Fiol will be in charge of the monitoring.
This outing is free and open to the general public. It will be only necessary to register calling the Park office on tel: 971 18 10 22.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Introductory course to ornithology. Discovering bird life.

Jointly with the Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals a course has been organised to begin to learn about the world of birds.

The course is divided into three blocs which  discuss the most important aspects of the life of birds.

Bloc 1: Prenuptial migration and breeding
18th  of May (lecture) and 19th of May (outing to s’Albufera N.P)

Bloc 2: Autumn and postnuptial migration
28th of September (lecture) and the 29th of September (outing to Salobrar de Campos and cape Salinas lighthouse)

Bloc 3: Wintering in Mallorca.
14th of December (lecture) and 15th of December (outing to the Bàlix trail and the Cúber reservoir)

Al the lecture session will be held at the Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals
Lecture hours: 19:30 to 21hrs
Outing hours: 8:30 to 14hrs
Full course price: 40
Possibility of enrolling by blocs.

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Activities at the Parc des Camí des Cingle

                                              Nest box inspection in the Parc del Camí des Cingle

On the 28th of April another bird activity took place at the Parc del camí des Cingle.
NHS and the Soller Town Council organised a new outing to check out the nest boxes that had been installed in February. 

At the moment no boxes have been occupied. According to the explanations of biologist Cristina Fiol, it’s normal that the first spring after the nest boxes are installed the percentage of occupation is very low or nil. It’s from the second and third year that better result are expected, so it’s important to leave the boxes hung up all year round and keep them well maintained so they are in optimum condition for the birds.

A small ringing session was also carried out in the park by the ornithologist Jose Luis Martinez. Despite the bad weather, the participants were able to see what scientific ringing entails and how it is carried out.

                             Ornithologist Jose Luis Martinez with a Sardinian Warbler (S. melanocephala)
                                                                          giving  explanations to the participants
                                           A participants helping to weigh a Great Tit (P. major) before being released

Also the group was lucky enough to be able to see two Night Herons (N. nycticorax) perched in the pines looking for a place to sleep. This ardeid species is a nocturnal migrant, so they possibly arrived that same morning to rest and then continue their journey at sunset towards their breeding grounds.

The first Griffon Vulture of the Balearics is born

The happy occasion has finally happened!

On the 20th of April members of the Black Vulture Foundation managed to observe the first Griffon Vulture (G.fulvus) chick to be born in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, Mallorca.

Since its accidental arrival to the island a little over three years ago, this species has adapted and spread to different areas of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains.

Now the development and the interaction with the Black Vulture (A.monachus) will have to be monitored closely.


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