EuroBirdwatch 2017 results


This video from Moldova is about EuroBirdwatch 2017 there. Featuring bluethroat, black-tailed godwit and others.

From BirdLife:

9 Oct 2017

(Bird)Life through a Lens: EuroBirdwatch 2017

By Christopher Sands

Bird lovers, young and old, across Europe took out their binoculars for the bird-watching highlight of the year – BirdLife’s annual EuroBirdwatch! Over the weekend of 30th September – 1st October, nearly 22,000 people attended 934 different events across 41 countries. And now the results are in!

BirdLife’s ‘EuroBirdwatch 2017’ (30th September – 1st October) hosted almost 22,000 people across 41 countries. In over 934 different events, the magnificence of the autumn migration was in full flight as over 4 million migratory birds were observed making their way south to their wintering places.

A different BirdLife partner takes on the coordinating and data collection role each year to provide us with this amazing snapshot of the weekend. This year SOS/Birdlife Slovakia assembled the aggregate figures and notable moments, which are available in their entirety at www.eurobirdwatch.eu.

A glimpse of some of the excitement includes over 1.2 million birds observed in Finland, among them a Desert Wheatear, 3 Red-flanked Bluetails, and 2 each, Olive-backed Pipits, Dusky Warblers, and Common Firecrests.

Hungary had the most participants with nearly 4,000 enthusiasts showing up and spotting, among other spectacular travelers, a Yellow-browed warbler, Lesser White-fronted goose, Saker falcon, Peregrine falcon, Black stork, Golden plover, Osprey, and Cattle egret.

As mentioned above, with the rare Desert Wheatear in Finland, other highlights included many other rare species, including: a Buff-breasted sandpiper in Sweden; Yellow-browed Warbler in Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Hungary, Latvia and Czechia; Red-throated Pipits in Belarus, Switzerland and Lithuania; White-headed Duck in Uzbekistan; Dusky warbler in Italy; Eleonora’s falcon in Bulgaria; Pallid Harrier in Cyprus and Malta; and the amazing Cory’s Shearwaters migration in Gibraltar.

A tip of the feather to SOS/BirdLife Slovakia for their superb work in collating and organizing the results, and to all of the organizers and participants across the 41 European countries celebrating the natural miracle of migration and wishing all birds travelling south a safe flyway.

Advertisements

Birdlife and bird photography news


This video says about itself:

2 October 2013

A meadow in the Chorokhi River delta, next to the Black Sea shore in Batumi (Georgia), is filled with migrant birds, stranded here because of bad weather in early September. Hoopoes, Yellow Wagtails, Wood Sandpipers, Wheatears, Lesser Grey Shrike, White-winged Black Tern, Whinchats, etc etc. Unfortunately this river delta is heavily (over!!-)hunted so every single one of these birds is really in danger when staying here. This delta is lying on a very strategic place for bird migration at the Batumi bottleneck. There is a huge turnover of resting and feeding migrant birds, but disturbance, pollution, ongoing urbanization and killing through hunting (poaching) are threats.

From BirdLife:

22 Sep 2017

The Bird Bulletin – vol. 14

By Gui-Xi Young

The Bird Bulletin – bringing you beak-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia and beyond!

Stunning success on the Black Sea coast! – SABUKO (BirdLife Georgia) is celebrating a major victory after years of hard work. Georgia’s Ministry of Environment has officially banned hunting activities in the Chorokhi Delta. The site has also been recognised as a BirdLife IBA (Important Bird & Biodiversity Area) and added to the Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest. Read more…

LUNGS OF THE EARTH – Can the EU’s climate and energy policies see the wood for the trees? Learn more about Europe’s forest policies at BirdLife and FERN’s ‘Lungs of the Earth’ event at the European Parliament on 28th September. Register here

A SEA CHANGE FOR SEABIRDS – The European Parliament has declared that management measures for fishing fleets in the North Sea should be set to minimise their impact on the marine environment and not just fish stocks. This is a huge win for seabirds threatened by incidental bycatch in commercial fishing gears. Read more…

An American abroad – A North American Yellow Warbler has been causing a stir in the South-west of England. Find out why here!

(Bird)Life through a lens – Across the pond, Audubon (BirdLife USA) this summer announced the winners of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards. The judges whittled down over 5,500 entries to just one ‘Grand Prize Winner’ which went to Deborah Albert for her stunning shot of a Gentoo penguin and chick in Antarctica. Check out the ‘best of the best’ here.

That’s all for today’s Bird Bulletin – tune in next week for more cheeps, chirps and chatter.

Bye bye birdies!

European birds update


This video from Ireland says about itself:

Common garden birds 16 05 2013

For bird lovers. Featuring European Robin, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling and Jackdaw.

From BirdLife:

The Bird Bulletin – Vol. 13

By Gui-Xi Young

The summer is over, the kids are back in school and our Bird Bulletin is back bringing you beak-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia.

TRIAL & ERROR – right now the battle over Białowieża is being fought in the European Court of Justice (ECJ). As Poland continues to defy the ECJ’s injunction over its illegal logging activities, the European Commission has told the court that the desecration of Europe’s last ancient forest must warrant financial penalties. BirdLife now calls on the Commission to demand fines that are severe enough to show that crime doesn’t pay.

Follow #Białowieża and #SaveBiałowieża  to watch the story unfold and sign WeMove’s Defend the Forest petition.

A ‘Tern’ for the better – a 12 mile stretch of England’s North Sea coastline has just been designated a Marine ‘Special Protection Area’ (SPA), ensuring greater protection for some 200,000 seabirds. This area of Northumberland is the most important site in the UK for Arctic, Common and Roseate terns. Read more…

PAINT IT BLACK – Iceland’s environment minister has signed a regulation banning the shooting of Black Guillemots in the country. This milestone was achieved thanks to effective cooperation between BirdLife’s Icelandic partner Fuglavernd, the Icelandic Ecological Society (Vistfræðifélag Íslands) and the Icelandic Shooting Association (Skotvís). Read more…

Migration over Malta – with thousands of birds passing through Malta on their autumn migration to Africa, birdwatchers on the islands have been sending amazing footage to BirdLife Malta. Watch the footage here…

EAT, PREY, LOVE – Help us save Europe’s magnificent vulture species from the threat of diclofenac, the veterinary drug that wiped out 99% of vultures on the Indian subcontinent in the 1990s. Support our BanVetDiclofenac campaign!

Well that’s all for today’s ‘Bird Bulletin’ – tune in next week for more cheeps, chirps and chatter.

Bye bye birdies!

Bird nest webcams


This 30 March 2017 video from Denmark is about the grey heron bringing food to its babies.

From BirdLife:

24 June 2017

Big Brother is BIRD-Watching YOU!

By Iván Ramírez

Nature is but a click away with these amazing live bird cams run by BirdLife’s partners across Europe & Central Asia. Storks, eagles, kestrels – you name it! Our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez tells us more…

Young birders in the making

Last weekend, I took my little kids for a walk in a nearby forest. We were on a mission: we had to identify at least 10 different species of animals and 5 different plants, and I had an enticing prize to offer: an early swim in the river. As we left the car and started walking – binoculars, guides and very sleepy eyes included – we talked about everything we were seeing around us. Or I should say, rather, I (tried) to answer every single question they had…about everything. ‘What is that tree?’ ‘Can we climb it?’ ‘What is that bird?’ ‘Can I lift that stone?’ ‘What is that bug?’ ‘What does it eat?’… If you have kids, you know what it is like…let’s just say that by the twenty-fifth question your brain is completely fried and starts sending contradictory messages…asking yourself why on earth you decided to go for this walk…while loving every single minute of it.

Back to nature

Being in the great outdoors – getting dirty, cold and sweaty…going wild – is one of our ancestral rights. Connecting to our common ground is as important as trying to understand it. And so, while I answered their questions, I also put many more to them, and to myself too. In just an hour, we identified our 10 animals and 5 plants, and many more, and they were exhausted. We went to the river and enjoyed the cold mountain stream, but they kept asking for more. Since it was too hot to walk again, I grabbed my smartphone and searched the internet for some of the live bird cams that I knew of. Their reaction amazed me: glued to the screen, open happy eyes full of excitement.

Technology in flight

We all know how technology is changing the way we see, study and enjoy nature. We are now able to deploy miniaturised data-loggers that tell us where some of the rarest birds travel to, like the amazing journey of the Sociable lapwing. We can identify deforestation or droughts using satellites, and we have even experienced the flight ‘on-board’ an Atlantic gannet. We live in an the age of selfies and Instagram stories, at a time where anyone can fly a drone with their own mobile phone…and we naturalists are no different than others. Technology is here, let’s use it wisely. As an example, back in 2014, the U.S. National Park Service banned recreational drones in all of its national parks, largely to protect wildlife. But drones are also being used to monitor breeding birds…you see?

Live cams: the missing link?

So let’s go back to our mountain river, the smartphone and just how engaging a live cam can be. Right now, when millennials are increasingly disconnected from non-connected environments, technology and remote cameras could be our missing link.

Have you ever tried to bring a Black vulture to your kids’ school? Have you tried to show them how fascinating a seabird can be at night? It is all in your hands now, and we are bringing you here the latest, most updated list of our BirdLife partners’ live cameras for you to pick and enjoy.

These cameras are not fulfilling George Orwell’s 1984 allegory, but using technology for a truly positive and inspirational purpose. They have been set up so we can share our admiration of nature, and to allow those who cannot travel the chance to explore, to feel, to respect.

Have you ever been in the middle of a forest in Estonia talking to your three brothers as Black storks do? Want to feel like a kestrel arriving home? Bear the Israeli heat like Short-toed eagles?

So take a tour, watch the live feeds and admire nature from your home screen. But please remember, don’t let Big Brother win – as soon as you can, grab your walking shoes and, literally, go wild! Remember that wildness is what challenges us, so no need to climb peaks or sky-dive, just look to your nearby garden, forest…and remember there is a refreshing swim in a mountain river waiting for you.

Iván Ramírez – Head of Conservation, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia

Our Partners’ Bird Cams – Live from the Nest!

*Note: Many of these live ‘nest’ cams are seasonal, operating until the young chicks have fledged.

The following list is the most up-to-date list of our partners’ cameras currently in operation, but live broadcasts will end as the season draws to a close.

So hurry up and get watching or you’ll have to wait until next year!

DOF – Denmark

White-tailed eagles

Grey herons

Eagle owls

EOS – Estonia

Black storks

Ospreys (1)

Ospreys (2)

Grey Heron colony

NABU – Germany

White storks

Common kestrel (Hamburg)

Common kestrel (Berlin)

Cormorant colonies

GONHS – Gibraltar

Pallid swifts (operated by the Dept. of Environment, Gibraltar)

MME – Hungary

European roller

Black storks

Fuglavernd – Iceland

Raven

SPNI – Israel

Short-toed eagle

LOB – Latvia

European roller

LOD – Lithuania

Common kestrel

VBN – Netherlands

Reedwarbler nest

NOF – Norway (in partnership with Zooom)

Garden birds

SPEA – Portugal

Shag (Berlengas Islands)

Cory’s shearwater (Corvo Island)

Cory’s shearwater (Berlengas Islands)

SEO/BirdLife – Spain

Peregrine Falcon

White stork

Black Vulture

SOS/BirdLife Slovakia

White storks

European birds news


This video says about itself:

Birds of Italy – Verona

19 September 2010

Nature in Adige Park in south Verona, mid-June. Calm pastoral quality only a few minutes walk from downtown. Spotted Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Hoopoe, Mute Swan cygnets.

From BirdLife:

23 June 2017

The Bird Bulletin – Vol. 12

By Gui-Xi Young

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our weekly news brief. Every Friday morning, we bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia – kick start your weekend with “what a little bird told me!”

ALIEN COVENANT – On Monday, EU Member States approved the inclusion of 12 new species on the List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern. One of these new species is the Raccoon dog, one of the main vectors of rabies in Europe and a major ecological threat. Read more…

Scenario 6 – On Tuesday, more than 250 NGOs from across Europe, including BirdLife, unveiled their vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe. This is presented as an alternative ‘sixth scenario’ to the five ‘Future of Europe’ scenarios proposed by the European Commission. Read more…

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” – With generous support from the Oak Foundation, BirdLife is doing inspiring work with our partners BirdLife Cyprus, BirdLife Malta and LIPU (BirdLife Italy) to reduce illegal bird trapping in their countries. Read more…

Fun in the sun! – Love nature? Love sunshine? Love Italy? Then sign up for one of LIPU’s fantastic summer camps in some of Italy’s most beautiful nature reserves. There’s something for children and adults alike!  Read more…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIRDLIFE – Did you know that BirdLife is the world’s oldest international conservation organisation? Well we turned 95 this week – chirp chirp hooray! Read more about our history here…

Well that’s all for today’s ‘Bird Bulletin’ – tune in next week for more cheeps, chirps and chatter.

Bye bye birdies!

Gui-Xi Young, Editor & Campaigns Officer – BirdLife Europe & Central Asia

Eurasian bird news


This 2015 video is about puffins and other seabirds of the Farne Islands, England.

From BirdLife:

16 June 2017

The Bird Bulletin – Vol. 11

By Gui-Xi Young

Welcome to the latest edition of ‘The Bird Bulletin’ – our weekly news brief. Every Friday morning, we bring you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia – kick start your weekend with “what a little bird told me!”

ANCHORS AWEIGH! Read BirdLife’s new marine blog ‘Journey to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge’ in which Marguerite Tarzia chronicles her month-long voyage across the high seas in search of whales and seabirds aboard the research vessel RRS Discovery! Read now…

Squid pro quoDr Vladimir Laptikhovsky – expert in all things cephalopod (octopus, squid, cuttlefish, etc.) – takes us down into the depths of the wild open ocean in search of food for hungry seabirds. Read more…

Nature vs. pesticides – A bittersweet victory: On Wednesday a whopping 363 MEPs voted against a proposed ban on the use of pesticides on ‘safe havens’ for farmland nature – just 13 votes shy of the needed overall majority. Nature may have ruled the day, but what was supposed to be a ‘no brainer’ vote, turned out to be a very close call. Read more…

Turkish delight! Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey) is celebrating a major victory for conservation. This week, the Parliament withdrew a draft proposal that would allow building development in the protected olive pastures of Anatolia. Read more…

Well that’s all for today’s ‘Bird Bulletin’ – tune in next week for more cheeps, chirps and chatter.

Bye bye birdies!

Gui-Xi Young, Editor & Campaigns Officer – BirdLife Europe & Central Asia