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Saturday, February 1st, 2020
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Advance notice: Black-headed gulls roosts census for next winter

For the next winter (2020/2021), the ornithology youth group “Bebbi Babbler” and the Swiss Ornithological Institute is planning a national Black-headed gull roosts census - the last one is many decades old by now. The locations of these sleeping places are currently only partially known. If you wish to help on this project please report your observations of Black-headed gull roosts already this winter (add "sleeping place" in the remarks field). A precise counting of the birds is not mandatory by now, a rough estimate is sufficient. Such sleeping places are quite often found in the middle of lakes.

Thanks a lot for your commitment!

Your ornitho.ch team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Monday, January 27th, 2020
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Terra incognita 2020

The birdwatching activity has increased spectacularly in recent years. Nevertheless, many kilometer squares in Switzerland are still mostly unknown ornithologically speaking. We would like to encourage you to left aside the hot spots from time to time and to go bird-watching in those less-visited areas. Even if no rarities are seen, observations in these regions are very interesting for the Swiss Ornithological Institute (especially complete daily lists). The following file contains the list of the least visited kilometer squares areas in Switzerland (i.e. all kilometer squares with at most 2 visits since 2015). To view the file, proceed as follow:

1. Download the file at the end of this news (Flachen_Terra_incognita_2020-5952.kml).
2a. Open the file with Google Earth (double click on file) >> View on Google Earth
2b. Drag'n'drop the file directly onto the SwissTopo map in your browser (https://map.geo.admin.ch) and release it there >> View on maps from SWISSTOPO.
3. Zoom in on the region of interest. The “unknown areas” ("Terra incognita") are framed with a red square.

Have fun discovering new horizons!

Your ornitho.ch team

Document to download :  Flachen_Terra_incognita_2020-5952.kml
posted by Sämi Wechsler
 
Friday, January 10th, 2020
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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 2020, birds born in 2019 are in their second year (and not in their first year). Those born in 2018 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 where it is then clearly indicated (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
 
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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Many thanks for your committment in 2019!

2019 was again a very successful year for ornitho.ch. More than 1.98 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.ch a healthy, happy and prosperous year and hope that 2020 will again provide you with many surprises and discoveries!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Friday, December 27th, 2019
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Birds
4rd Winter White Stork Census (4th 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 4th Winter White Stork Census in Switzerland will take place on 4th January 2020. 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 17th, 2019
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Which sightings to record?

You may have already wondered what is the best way to transmit your bird observations. To guide you in your choice, we have written a user manual that you will find in the Taking part menu on the left. It contains the essential information and links to more detailed information. If you have any questions, we are at your disposal at support@ornitho.ch. We wish you many interesting observations!

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Thursday, December 5th, 2019
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Birds
Support the European atlas EBBA2!

Support the publication of the European atlas EBBA2: buy one of the paintings or sponsor a species! Among the EBBA2 artists who offer their original illustrations for sale, there are also three collaborators of the Swiss Ornithological Institute: Paola Ricceri, Jacques Laesser und Laurent Willenegger. Look at the web gallery here.

The species sponsorship continues: the EBBA2 project needs 50'000 Euro to finish the book and sell it at a price that makes it affordable to a wide audience. Please support the project by sponsoring a species for you or as a Christmas gift: More information

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Birds
Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee

The Swiss Rarities Committee (SRC) has published the minutes of its last meeting, held on 31 October 2019, on the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src). Among the reports accepted during that meeting are the 2nd record of Blyth’s Reed Warbler, the 7th record of Terek Sandpiper since 1900 and the 18th record of Lesser Kestrel 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 (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
 
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
technews
Maintenance work in the upcoming night

Dear ornitho users

A lot of maintenance work is regularly carried out in the background to ensure the proper functioning and speed of ornitho.ch. Currently, the servers hosting ornitho.ch must be replaced by a new generation. In order to migrate the approximately 200 million data from all ornitho portals (ornitho.de, ornitho.it, faune-france.org,...) to the new servers, the system will be interrupted today between 7pm and 7am tomorrow (approximately). After that, ornitho.ch will be available again as usual.

Thank you very much for your understanding and for your sightings!
your ornitho-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
avinews
Birds
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 2019 can be found here (in French or German).

posted by Bernard Volet
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