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Friday, January 22nd, 2021
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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 6 January 2021, on the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src). Among the reports accepted during that meeting are the 3rd record of Blyth’s Reed-warbler, the 4th record of Pallas’s Leaf-warbler as well as the 2nd and the 10th records of Greenish Warbler.
 
In addition, the 2019 annual report published in December 2020 in Ornithologischer Beobachter and Nos Oiseaux can also be downloaded in pdf format from www.vogelwarte.ch/src.
 
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). Please send us reports about observations of 2020 by 31 January 2021 at the latest, so that the SRC can examine those reports in time. In the normal case, the person who discovered the bird is responsible for the sighting documentation.
 
The SRC thanks you for your collaboration and wishes you many interesting observations!
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Thursday, January 14th, 2021
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Birds
Is your email address up to date?

We would like to remind you to check whether the email address you use as a login at ornitho.ch is still the one you use regularly. If this is not the case, please update it in the menu "e-mail account and password" (last section bottom left). This is important because your email is the only way for us to contact you if we have any questions about some of your observations.

If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one at any time. Should you experience any difficulties, please do not create a new account, but contact us (support@ornitho.ch). If you create a new account, you won’t be able to retrieve the sightings of your previous account.

By the way: your ornitho.ch credentials are actually "Global". The e-mail address and the password you use for ornitho.ch are valid at the same time for each and every portal of the ornitho family (e.g. data.biolovision.net, ornitho.de, faune-france.org, ornitho.it etc.) and of course for the app NaturaList too!

The long winter evenings also offer an ideal opportunity to review your observations of the last year: you might remember exciting excursions - and perhaps discover some unnoticed mistakes (species you haven’t seen, place you have never been to, etc.). Should this be the case, please report these mistakes at any time to support@ornitho.ch with the permalink of the sighting/daily list: it's never too late to correct an error!

We wish you inspiring observations!
Your ornitho.ch team

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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Be careful! Birds are getting older...

The bird’s age is commonly measured in calendar years (i.e. the "official birthday" of every bird is the 1st January). It means that since the 1st January 2021, birds born in 2020 are in their second year (and not in their first year). Those born in 2019 are now in their third year and so on... Keep it in mind if you specify the bird’s age in your sightings!

However, this information is optional. Indeed, the determination of age and sex is often far from obvious, sometimes impossible, or only if the bird is in hand. To find out whether determination is possible, one can refer to the usual identification guides (e.g. the ornithological guide by Svensson et al.).

The golden rule is therefore to use these boxes only when you are absolutely certain of the determination. It is better to leave them empty than to enter false information.

Thank you very much!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Many thanks for your committment in 2020!

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was again a very successful year for ornitho.ch. More than 2,31 million sightings have been posted on ornitho.ch! 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.cha healthy, happy and prosperous year and hope that 2021 will again provide you with many surprises and discoveries!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Sunday, December 27th, 2020
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5th Winter White Stork Census (9th 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 5th Winter White Stork Census in Switzerland will take place on 9th January 2021. 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.

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
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Birds
Updates on data protection and special access

Dear ornitho.ch users
Over the last few weeks, we have been discussing several updates concerning the protection of sightings and the access to data of sensitive species.

Automatically protected species

The list of automatically protected species has been shortened and the sightings of some species are not automatically protected any more. This review is valid from now on. We have now set criteria defining which species can be subject to automatic data protection. Whoever wants to initiate a protection to other species can submit an application which must be approved by at least three members of the national steering group of ornitho.ch.

We explicitly draw your attention to the fact that besides this, the elements formulated under the terms of use still apply. Of course, everybody has the right to protect any or all of their sightings individually. In 2020, about 9% of all sightings were submitted as protected. As this rate is rising over the years, we encourage our users not to exaggerate while using this protection function. Ornitho.ch lives from the sharing of our observations and we ask you to support this positive basic idea. On the other hand, we should not conceal the fact that we often receive information about people who unfortunately behave inconsiderately towards sensitive species, disregard nature conservation rules and the rights of landowners. In such cases, we may be forced to immediately set up automatic protection for additional species.

Special access to protected sightings

In a second step, we contacted the persons who have special access to protected sightings (e.g., the bearded vulture specialists for sightings of bearded vultures in breeding areas). In the future, such accesses must be re-evaluated every 2 years and approved by at least three members of the national steering group. For this purpose please use this following application form. In principle, only those who actively submit sightings on ornitho.ch are entitled to get such a special access. Our overview here shows (at the bottom) at any time transparently who has a special access for which species.

We hope that with the consistent implementation of these rules, ornitho.ch will continue to enjoy an excellent reputation for credibility and respectful handling of data of sensitive species. If you have any questions in this context, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@ornitho.ch.

Your ornitho.ch team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Saturday, December 19th, 2020
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Birds
You and the owls

Professor Alexandre Roulin, member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Ornithological Institute, asks us to circulate the following appeal and would be very pleased if you would participate in this short survey on the image of nocturnal raptors.

The protection of our environment requires a better understanding of psychological phenomena. These are likely to contribute to whether a person is prepared to work for its protection. To better understand psychological aspects of conservation, we study owls, because these animals do not leave us indifferent, we love or hate them!  In the following questions we would like to know what you spontaneously think about owls. We ask you several questions about owls, what you know, think and feel about them.
 
https://you-and-the-owls.webnode.com/
 
Do not hesitate to disseminate this questionnaire widely in your social environment!

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Thursday, December 17th, 2020
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posted by Sämi Wechsler
 
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
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Birds
EBBA2: Second European Breeding Bird Atlas published

The second European Breeding Bird Atlas - a milestone in ornithology - was published today! It concludes the largest citizen science project ever conducted in the field of biodiversity: around 120 000 people have counted birds in about 50 countries. The Swiss Ornithological Institute, represented by Verena Keller as the project manager, played a major role in this project. More information can be found here. Orders can be made here.

You can follow the informative launch event on youtube here:
Launch event

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
avinews
Birds
Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee
The Swiss Rarities Committee (SRC) has published the minutes of its last meeting, held on 11 November 2020, on the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src). Among the reports accepted during that meeting are the 1st record of Brown Shrike, the 1st and 2nd record of Black-tailed Godwit with characters of the subspecies Limosa l. islandica, the 1st record de Purple Swamphen in category C, the 3rd record of Roseate Tern, the 10th record of Audouin's Gull, the 11th record of Pine Bunting, the 14th record of Greater Flamingo since 1900 (cat. A/B) and the 17th record of Lesser Spotted Eagle since 1900.
 
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 (o the following address: sak@vogelwarte.ch. The form can be downloaded from the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src-downloads). In the normal case, the person who discovered the bird is responsible for the sighting documentation.
 
The SRC thanks you for your collaboration and wishes you many interesting winter observations!
posted by Bernard Volet
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