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Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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The Red-backed Shrikes are late!

Up to now only a few Red-backed Shrikes have been observed this year in Switzerland. As you can see on the EuroBirdPortal this seems to be a large-scale phenomenon. The comparison of the maps of 2018 and 2019 for the period between the 29th April and the 6th May for both years is very impressive. More details on EuroBirdPortal.

Your ornitho.ch-Team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee

The Swiss Rarities Committee (SRC) has published the minutes of its last meeting, held on 21 February 2019, on the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src). Among the reports accepted during that meeting are the 1st record of Long-tailed Shrike (cat. A), the 2nd record of Saker Falcon, the 3rd record of Pallas’s Leaf-Warbler, the 10th record of Pine Bunting, the 18th-21st record of Siberian Chiffchaff and the 20th record of Richard’s Pipit.

In order to facilitate its administrative work, the SRC recommends to send the rarities reports and photographic proofs as soon as possible and if possible in electronic format (preferably as Word file) to the following address: sak@vogelwarte.ch. The form can be downloaded from the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src-downloads).

The SRC thanks you for your collaboration and wishes you many interesting spring observations.

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
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Influx of Collared Flycatchers in Catalonia

Our colleagues from ornitho.cat report a massiv influx of Collared Flycatchers in Catalonia: With more than 100 records it's the most important influx they ever recorded (zoom into this map). The species was also seen at many sites in Southern France. Thus watch out for this species the next days!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
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Red-footed Falcons arriving

Over the last few days, Red-footed Falcons have already been reported from many sites in the ornitho-countries. This map gives you an overview. We recommend to zoom-in.

Your ornitho-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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Bulletin of the Ornithological Information Service from the Swiss Ornithological Institute

Twice a year, the Swiss Ornithological Institute publishes the so-called “ID-Bulletin”. This report summarizes the most interesting bird sightings and developments on the Swiss Avifauna over the last months. The main information source of this report are the sightings posted on ornitho.ch. Additionally, updates of the different monitoring projects of the Swiss Ornithological Institute are presented as well as interesting ring founds. The latest issue of September 2018 can be found here (in French or German).

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
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EuroBirdPortal releases an online viewer that follows birds on the move across Europe

This is a great day for the field ornithologists throughout Europe: Today, in the framework of Bird Number 2019, the EuroBirdPortal (EBP) releases the LIVE version of its viewer: now up-to-date bird movements that take place across Europe are just one click away!

The LIVE EBP viewer shows the distribution of 105 bird species on weekly animated maps spanning from January 2010 up to the current week. This is an unprecedented development in European ornithology and a landmark in the mobilization of citizen science data. 

The whole content is updated on a daily basis with the information collected by the EBP partner's online bird portals: c. 120,000 new bird records per day (c. 45 million new bird records every year).

A EU LIFE grant has made possible the mobilization of such a huge quantity of information in near real-time thanks to the development of the new central EBP database repository and an automatic data-flow system that connects 15 different online bird recording systems (99.2% of the whole EBP data) with the central database. The Swiss Ornithological Institue supported this initiative since its beginning. Following Swallows and Cuckoos as they undertake their journeys through Europe is now a reality.

The EBP viewer was launched in 2015 and aims at showing the scope and potential of the project depicting the week-by-week distributional patterns of bird species using a total of nine types of species maps and climatic variables. Since two animated maps of any type and year can be selected to be shown simultaneously for direct comparison, all in all, currently more than 50 million different map combinations are available to choose from.

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Birds
Grey Heron: Please count and report colony size now

The breeding period of grey herons is already in full swing. It is now and especially during April (but still before the leaves shoot!) the best time to find colonies and count the number of occupied nests.

The Swiss Ornithological Institute uses observations reported via ornitho.ch to document the development of the grey heron (see index). But your reports can also be helpful for other research institutes: a team from Eawag, in collaboration with the Swiss Ornithological Institute, has been searching for tags that have been used to mark brown trout under grey heron colonies in Central Switzerland. With the help of these data they can show that brown trout raised in fish farms (and later released into the rivers) are more frequently captured by grey herons than trout hatched and raised in the wild. So scientists are using your observations in their research which ultimately also serves to protect birds and other animals.

We are grateful if you try to count the number of occupied nests in known colonies and report this through ornitho.ch. We are also dependent on you to detect any new colonies: Grey herons flying into the edge of a forest can be a promising indication. In order make your data most valuable to science, please report colonies as accurately as possible (precise location) and fill in the number of occupied nests in the colony tool.

Thank you very much for your collaboration!
Swiss Ornithological Institute

posted by Sämi Wechsler
 
Friday, January 11th, 2019
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Long-eared Owl sightings from now automatically hidden

Diverging opinions are heard considering the potential disturbances Long-eared Owls may encounter when they are observed or photographed in their sleeping places. Occasionally, intense discussions occurred in several places and many birdwatchers and rangers recommended us to hide Long-eared Owls sightings. As a result, we have decided from now on to automatically hide each observation of Long-eared Owl posted on ornitho.ch. Keep in mind that disturbing birds can represent a considerable loss of energy for them, especially in winter. Please adopt at any time an appropriate attitude while observing and photographing birds. Thanks in advance for your comprehension.

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Sunday, December 30th, 2018
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Many Thanks for your commitment in 2018!
2018 was again a very successful year for ornitho.ch. More than 1.94 million sightings have been posted on ornitho.ch, more than any year before! Your observations were coming from over 28’000 different kilometer squares in Switzerland; this means that 2 out of 3 kilometer squares were visited by at least one of more than 2000 active contributors of ornitho.ch. A big thank for this assiduous and impressive commitment!

We wish each user of ornitho.ch a healthy, happy and prosperous year and hope that 2019 will again provide you with many surprises and discoveries!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Friday, December 28th, 2018
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3rd Winter White Stork Census (5th and 12th January)

The migratory behavior of the White Stork has changed in the last years. Many Storks are not moving to West Africa any longer but remain in southern Spain the whole winter. More and more Storks have been spending a part of or the whole winter also in Switzerland in the recent years.

The 3rd Winter White Stork Census in Switzerland will take place on 5th January 2019. The association “Swiss Storks” requests your help. All sightings, including ring readings, can be submitted via ornitho.ch. If you wish to commit yourself to search a specific area, please contact “Swiss Storks” (phone: 062 965 29 26) directly. More information about this census can be found here.


 

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