Wednesday, August 24, 2016

News from the Strait of Messina

In the picture below a screenshot from our radar screen with a flock of 90 honey buzzards (highlighted by the red circle) passed today here at the Aspromonte mountain. They were flying fast with a strong tail wind support toward the Strait of Messina ahead of a storm.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 2016 - Our field team!

Here in the picture below our field team working at the Strait of Messina.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

News from the Strait of Messina

Here below the picture of a wonderful flock of 59 white storks passed yestarday afternoon over our radar station here at the Strait of Messina.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

News from the Strait of Messina

In the last two days at least seven hundreds black kites were counted from our watchpoints in the Aspromonte mountain and moving toward the Strait of Messina. Other observed species were: honey buzzard, marsh harrier, short-toed eagle, white and black stork, kestrel and common buzzard. Moreover today it has been observed a wonderful roller.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Call for volunteers

Autumn migration is coming as well as a new exciting season of raptor watching. If you are a raptor maniac or if you are simply curious to participate to a fieldwork you can join our count. 
We are going to start the field season the next 11th August and we are going on until the end of September. We will use two different watchpoints and a radar station to monitor raptor approaching the Strait of Messina. Our study area is along the western slope of the Aspromonte mountain and the last years we counted about 20.000 raptors from a single watchpoint. Most of raptors are Honey Buzzards, Black Kites, Marsh Harriers and Kestrels/Lesser Kestrels. Other species regularly observed are: Montagu's and Pallid harriers, Ospreys, Egyptian Vultures and Black Storks. The monitoring activity is conducted by professional ornithologists and volunteers coming from different European countries.
Food and accomodation is provided for all volunteers. For further information write us an email.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Harmonizing pan-European raptor monitoring standards

Last week end in the Western Pyrenees a workshop has been held promoted by EURAPMON. Participants at the meeting were people involved in monitoring projects at raptors bottle-necks of the Western Palearctic. The following sites were represented:

  • Batumi (Georgia)
  • Eilat (Israel)
  • Burgas (Bulgaria)
  • Antikythira (Greece)
  • Malta (Malta)
  • Strait of Messina (Italy)
  • Pyrenees (France)
  • Strait of Gibraltar (Spain)

Moreover also other people involved in land bird migration count attended at the workshop. All the participants agree to constitute a permanent network with the aim to promote conservation and knowledge of migrating raptors, to share best practices, volunteers management and to cooperate. It is important, in fact, to let the activity working at the different sites and to analyse data collected at the different sites in order to give a wider perspective to our work and to answer major questions related to raptor conservation and ecology. 
We are proud that the proposed name of the newborn network recall the one of our smaller Mediterranean network. The name is Raptor Migration Network. Soon an official document of the Network will be published online  and in the next month a new website will be available.
Here below a picture of a plenary session and one of the Central flyway working group.




Saturday, May 28, 2016

News from the Strait of Messina

Not only soaring birds migrate at the Strait of Messina but also several songbirds moving mostly during the night. During the last full moon night we made a session of moon watching and, of course, our radars are tracking songbirds every night. 
Here in the pictures below a wonderful picture of a northern wheatear taken by Miguel Gonzalez and a shot of the moon watching night.