Friday, March 24, 2017

News from the Strait of Messina

In these days we observed a passage of hundreds of Marsh harriers together with many other species such as Booted eagles, Black kites, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Lesser kestrels, Montagu's and Pallid harriers, Ospreys. As usual in March, most of the Marsh harriers observed were males and they migrated in small flocks or singly.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Raptor migration in NW Turkey: New paper out now!

After some years from the fieldwork I'm really happy to announce that has been published our paper relying on raptor migration in North West Turkey on Ardeola. It was a project totally carried out by MEDRAPTORS and aimed to provide data on the behaviour of migrating raptors in relation to weather conditions. Despite several different raptor counts performed at the Bosphorous there wasn't any published information showing how wind and other weather parameters interact with raptor migration. Moreover no available data from the Dardanelles were available. Therefore our paper fills a gap providing new important results that clearly show species-specific differences among raptors migrating across the straits of Turkey.
To download the paper, click on the link below.






Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Raptor Migration Camp - Spring 2017

14 March - 25 May
For the fourth consecutive season we are starting a new fieldwork season at the Strait of Messina using visual observations and radar monitoring. If you are interested in participating as volunteer (food and accomodation will be provided) contact us: medraptors@raptormigration.org.



Saturday, February 4, 2017

New paper out now

A new paper has been published on Acrocephalus. The paper relies on the migration of Lesser Kestrels in the Balkan area. This analysis shows that this species migrates on a broader front during spring than in autumn while philopatry rates are higher for adults, while juvenile birds disperse more often and at longer distances, up to 974 km away. This research was made by a team of Greek ornithologist with a contribution from MEDRAPTORS activities.
To download the paper click on the link below.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year

Can this new upcoming 2017 fulfill all the wishes, hopes and  projects we believe in and worked on, particularly for wildlife conservation and for a peaceful world. Let's have great expectations despite the ending year has not been  particularly promising.

I take this chance to remind you to subsribe for the project Wings over the Strait. Support raptor monitoring and conservation!

A new MEDRAPTORS paper was just published on Bird Study. It is the result of a collaboration between us and Batumi Raptor Count. You can download it here: 


Moreover on the BOU blog you can read a short summary of our last paper on Ibis (click here to read it!).




Monday, November 21, 2016

Two new Medraptors papers out now

The first one has been published on Ibis and it is the result of a collaboration between MEDRAPTORS and the Fundacion Migres. In the paper is analyzed the variation of the autumn migratory phenology of 11 species of soaring birds at the Strait of Gibraltar using a 16-years data set. The data were compared to those recorded at the Pyrenees along the same flyway. Species specific differences show that species that are not advancing the migratory dates are those showing a negative population trend across Europe. This is evidence that, on one hand, some bird species show a high degree in behavioural plasticity while, on the other hand, is evidence that some raptor species are threatened by climate changes because are not able to cope with the changing environment. 

Panuccio M., Martin B., Morganti M., Onrubia A. 2016. Long-term changes in autumn migration dates at the Strait of Gibraltar reflect population trends of soaring birds. Ibis, doi: 10.1111/ibi.12420

The other paper is one of the results of our research activity on raptor migration at the Strait of Messina. We have analysed three years of data collected within the effort of the Aspromonte National Park. Data show that the only species regularly performing reversed migration in thea area is the Short-toed Snake Eagles probably because of its reluctance to fly over sea.

Agostini N., Gustin M. & Panuccio M. 2016. Short-toed snake eagles Circaetus gallicus (Gmelin, 1788) (Aves: Accipitridae) approaching a water barrier show reverse direction of migration. Italian Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1080/11250003.2016.1240833.

To support the research activity at the Strait of Messina, please donate us even few euros through the crowdfunding project lead by the University of Pavia: Wings over the Strait


Monday, October 17, 2016

Strait of Messina - Autumn 2016

Some days ago our monitoring season at the Strait of Messina, ended. We counted about 18000 migrating raptors belonging to 19 different species from a single watchpoint located on the continental side of the Strait. 
The commonest species were, as usual, honey buzzards, marsh harriers and black kites. Among the rare species one saker falcon, one imperial eagle and one lesser-spotted eagle. Moreover a good numbers of ospreys (49 individuals) some booted eagles, short-toed eagles and pallid harriers. Among non raptor species some tens of white and black storks, 1641 bee-eaters, 7 dottorels some rollers and herons. The nocturnal migration of passerines recorded by our radars was very intense, with different migratory peaks.
Lower numbers were observed on the Sicilian side of the Strait where in any case the nocturnal migration was relevant. Among observed birds some hundreds of marsh harriers and 860 bee-eaters.

On our website (powered by Trektellen) you can find our detailed count: straitobservatory.com

I take this chance to say thanks to the people who worked with us and even more to the volunteers.

In the end I mention that there is opportunity to support the activity at the Strait of Messina in 2017 through a donation, of even few euros, through a crowdfunding project promoted by our associations together with the University of Pavia. If you would like to support us, please visit the following website: wings over the Strait