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Saturday, May 16th, 2020
avinews
#StayHomeandWatchOut

The campaign #StayHomeandWatchOut, which was started on many ornitho platforms in mid-March, is a great success! As we enjoy more freedom of movement again it is time to draw a final balance for this project. An international overview of the results of #StayHomeandWatchOut can be found here.

Your ornitho.ch-Team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
avinews
Unusually high presence of Corncrakes in the midlands
Currently, the number of Corncrake sightings in the midlands exceed by far the average quantity of the last years, see map. So far, singing individuals have been recorded on at least 8 different locations. In normal years, the occurrence is limited to 1-2 records.
 
Even if one should feel very lucky to hear this rare meadow-breeder in Switzerland, the chances this year are slightly better than usual. Should you know of a suitable meadow area in your vicinity, a nightly walk might be worthwhile. You can find a song example here and in the gallery of ornitho.ch or on xenocanto.org.
 
Still, we demand you not to use any recordings on the field. The breeding activity of these rare and endangered birds should under no circumstances be influenced or disturbanced by ornithologists. This problem should not be underestimated, especially in well-visited areas. Please behave in an exemplary manner and resist the temptation - the welfare of the birds comes first! In locations where there are indications of possible breeding, the project manager of the "Corncrake promotion project" of BirdLife Switzerland, Lucas Lombardo, will intervene actively.
 
Your ornitho.ch-Team
 
Picture source: Ron Kinght (Widimedia Commons)

posted by Sämi Wechsler
 
Thursday, May 7th, 2020
tipnews
Precise sightings localization

Precisely localized observations are increasingly in demand, especially during the breeding season. This precision provides essential information for protection and promotion projects.

While recording observations, it is therefore very important that it is made in the right place. Whether on ornitho.ch or on NaturaList, the tip of the red pointer on the map should always define the location of the bird/animal observed (and NOT where YOU are!). In mountainous areas, precise localizations also have the advantage that they provide automatically the right altitude, the average altitude of a square kilometer being less accurate for this purpose.

With NaturaList, all observations are recorded with pinpoint accuracy. Remember to slide the map back and forth to place the actual location of the animal beneath the tip of the red pointer. On ornitho.ch you can give a precise location in observation lists too. Simply click on the “+”sign to the left of the species name and then on the "Map" tab. Then select the correct location by clicking on the map on the corresponding place.

Thanks in advance for your commitment,

Your Ornitho.ch-Team

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
technews
Minor problem with yesterday's sightings

A technical problem arose during yesterday's data imports from NaturaList. Therefore these records are not visible at the moment. But they are all stored. Biolovision plans to import them into ornitho.ch next night. We ask for your understanding and some patience!

Your ornitho.ch team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Friday, April 17th, 2020
tipnews
Birds
Disturbance during the breeding period and pictures taken at nests

While birdwatching, be irreproachable!

More and more people are interested in birdwatching and that is wonderful! At the same time, we also know that birds are suffering heavy threats and that many species are weakened by perturbations and that their habitats disappear… For all these reasons, ALL OF US should adopt an irreproachable behaviour at any circumstances and regardless to the species considered. A code of ethics, which has already been adopted by most of us, exists. Nevertheless, Nos Oiseaux, ornitho.ch, Birdlife Switzerland, Ficedula and the Swiss Ornithological Institute would like you to pay a special attention to the following points:

  • Do not drive on restricted roads (especially in mountainous and agricultural areas).
  • Never leave the official paths in natural reserves.
  • Never enter agriculture areas or ecological compensation zones.
  • Don't imitate the songs and calls and avoid tape-luring.
  • A picture is nothing worth if it was taken to the detriment of the bird or its environment. Moreover such pictures will never be accepted for any of our publications. Avoid taking photos of birds on the nest, as the breeding success is strongly correlated to the disturbance level. (Note that disruptions during the breeding period imply a violation of the Federal Hunting Act and can therefore be prosecuted).
  • A rare bird does NOT justify transgressing the rules cited above.

Teach your family and friends to observe the same comportment.

Thank you for your understanding and your sensitivity towards nature and birds.

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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 can be found here (in French or German).

We wish you an enjoyable reading!

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Monday, March 30th, 2020
avinews
Birds
Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee

The Swiss Rarities Committee (SRC) has published the minutes of its last meeting, held on 25 February 2020, on the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src). Among the reports accepted during that meeting are the 1st record of Isabelline Wheatear, the 1st record of Spanish Sparrow, the 2nd record of Hume’s Leaf-warbler, the 3rd record of Laughing Gull, the 16th record of Sociable Lapwing, the 15th-16th record of Lesser Spotted Eagle since 1900 and several breeding records of Zitting Cisticola. In addition, the dates of the first record of Franklin’s Gull have been completed and the only record of Dalmatian Pelican, dating from 2010, has been revised and moved from category D to category A.

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!

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Friday, March 27th, 2020
tipnews
Birds

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
technews
Service interruption: The ornitho platform grows and grows ...

... therefore some hard disks have to be exchanged for more powerful ones. Unfortunately, such an exchange necessitates a shut-down of the whole system. This is planned to take place on March 26th 2020 between midnight and noon. In that time the ornitho.ch platform has to be shut down. In the meantime you can of course store your observations on NaturaList as usual (and upload them later).

Thank you very much for your understanding and your commitment!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
avinews
Birds
#StayHomeAndWatchOut, a success story!

Our #StayHomeAndWatchOut campaign is a success - whether from the kitchen window, from the balcony or from the garden. 105 persons have already taken part to this project and completed 227 observation daily lists - thank you very much! 108 bird species have been observed up to now. The most frequently one is the Chaffinch, its migration is still strong by now and it was observed in 157 places (69% of the daily lists). The Chaffinch is followed by the Blackbird (154), Carrion Crow (150), House Sparrow (149), Blue Tit (140), Great tit (139), European Robin (129), Wood Pigeon (127), Black Redstart (125) and Red Kite (121). On the other hand, some species have been observed only once in that time: Mute Swan, Common Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Golden Eagle, Moorhen, Herring Gull, Barn Owl, Alpine Swift, Alpine Willow Tit, Spotted Nutcracker and Citril Finch.

#StayHomeAndWatchOut is going on. Get involved too!

We wish you many nice observations!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
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