Two million migratory birds counted in Europe

This video is about ‘Tons of birds going over the skies of Rome, Italy.’

From BirdLife:

Record numbers flock to EuroBirdwatch 2007


Over the past weekend, 41,000 adults and children from over 31 European countries took up EuroBirdwatch 2007, BirdLife’s invitation to observe the fascinating annual phenomenon of bird migration, as birds move south across Europe for the winter.

BirdLife Partners across Europe were involved -from Spain to Azerbaijan; Malta to Sweden- between them putting together a staggering 1,120 events.

And the birds didn’t disappoint: attendees counted two million of them pass overhead. …

Ornithological highlights included the first observation of Eider Somateria mollissima in the Marmara Sea in Turkey and the first White-tailed eagle Haliaeetus albicilla in the Skocjan Bay in Slovenia. …

The most frequently observed species were: Starling Sturnus vulgaris, Black headed Gull Larus ridibundus and Mallard Anas plathyrhynchos.

See also here.

EuroBirdwatch 2007 in the Netherlands: here.

Migratory birds of prey and owls: here.

Autumn bird migration in North America: here; in backyards: here.

Red-footed falcons shot in Cyprus: here.

Two men charged with Cyprus falcon massacre: here.

More about Cyprus: here.

Migratory birds served in Cypriot restaurants: here.

Illegal Songbird Slaughter Still Occurs in Cyprus Today: here.

Cyprus: Millions of Songbirds Illegally Killed for Pickled, Poached Bird Recipe: here.

01/27/2011 Crisis in Cyprus: Illegal bird trapping reaches disastrous levels: here.

Sylvia warblers in Cyprus: here.

As robin images adorn Christmas cards and decorations in UK homes, BirdLife Cyprus –the RSPB’s partner organisation – warns that many robins, and other birds, will be killed on the island this winter by illegal bird trappers: here.

EU takes Malta to Court over spring hunting: here.

BirdLife International condemns violent act against its Maltese Partner: here.

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  1. From Italy:

    Commuting startlings number 1 bird
    Massive numbers leave country to bed down in cities

    (ANSA) – Rome, October 12 – Italy’s big cities are inundated with starlings each night as thousands of birds return home from their daily commute to the countryside, according to the Italian Bird Protection League (LIPU).

    Following a weekend of bird-watching by volunteers across the nation, LIPU confirmed that starlings are the country’s “number one bird”, with massive numbers bedding down each night in Rome and Naples. Over the course of two days, 100,000 of the 144,000 birds spotted by volunteers in the countryside, cities and nature reserves were starlings, said LIPU.

    The next most sighted avian was the wild duck, with 3,450 reports. In third place was the finch, with around 1,000 reported sightings.

    According to Marco Gustin, LIPU’s head of species research, “this is a particularly important period for so-called partial migrants, such as starlings”.

    Partial migrants flock to some places but not in others. Starlings found in Italy tend to “nest in Northern Europe and spend their winters in the Mediterranean, including Italy, sometimes flying as far down as north Africa,” explained Gustin. STARTLING DROPPINGS WREAK HAVOC IN CITIES. According to the expert, starlings are drawn to cities because of the warmth, and usually settle in parks or tree-lined streets for the night.

    By day, they head for the countryside in order to forage for food.

    They are apparently particularly partial to traditional Italian specialties, nabbing grapes from vineyards in the north and snatching olives and native berries from plantations in the centre and south. Most of the country’s starlings will leave Italian cities for cooler climes come March but during their five-month stay, they regularly wreak havoc. Starling droppings, a seasonal menace to residents of several Rome districts, have also started disrupting traffic circulation and even causing road accidents in recent years.

    Having abandoned their previous dormitory in the trees near Castel Sant’Angelo, a large flock of birds has shifted across the river and taken up residence in the trees lining one of the capital’s main north-south thoroughfares.

    The starlings’ daily discharge, when combined with a shower of rain, turns the traditional Roman cobblestones into a skating rink for cars and mopeds. A variety of techniques have been tried with little long-term success, including playing CD recordings of starling alarm calls and shining powerful torches up into the trees.

    In 2002, one Rome councillor even suggested feeding the starlings bird-seed doctored with contraceptive drugs but the idea came to nothing.


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