April has been a hard month at the Strait of Messina this year with many days of bad weather and strong southern wind. But in the end in these last days there have been the first waves of migrating Honey buzzards with more than a thousand of individuals counted by both watchpoints. Let's keep the fingers crossed for the next days!
Monday, April 29, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Two other papers by Medraptors have been published. The first one describes the moult pattern of Marsh harriers during autumn migration at the Strait of Messina and was realized by analysing tons of pictures made during autumn 2016.
The second one was made in the field of the activity of the Natural History Museum of Crete that has been monitoring the colonies of Eleonora's falcons since a long time. We used a broad-band marine radar to detect factors influencing the flight altitude of falcons in proximity of a colony located on a small rocky islet.
- Ramirez J., Panuccio M. 2019. Flight feather moult in Western Marsh Harriers during autumn migration. Avian Research 10:7.
- Xirouchakis S.M., Panuccio M. 2019. Hunting altitude of Eleonora's falcon (Falco eleonorae) over a breeding colony. Journal of Raptor Research 53(1): 56–65.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
In the last week we started the monitoring activity at the Strait of Messina. We had a couple of great days of migration with hundreds of raptors and several days of bad weather. In this period the most abundant species is the Marsh Harrier but there are many other species passing together, such as Sparrowhawks, Black kites, Pallid harriers, Booted eagles and of course the Short-toed Eagle of the picture below (by Carmelo Fiore).
Monday, March 4, 2019
The project Strait of Messina Bird Observatory is going on and there are several news for this 2019. The first news is that LIPU BirdLife Italy joined the project. The second news is that our observations are financed by the Lipu Uk Delegation, Mava Foundation (for anti-poaching aspects) and Calabria Regional Authority together with a side project of wildlife management to restore a small wetland at the site and setting nest boxes for Peregrine Falcons (POR FESR - FSE 2014/2020).
The next 15th March we will start the field activity with the raptor count from the continental (calabrian) side of the Strait of Messina. We are going to use two watchpoints simultaneously, one is the same we used since the project has started, the other is located close to the coast. The two points are parellel to each other in respect to the migratory flow. Radar equipment will be used also this year. Another watchpoint it will be placed in side Sicilian of the Strait of Messina (Dinnammare), for the purpose of predicting poaching in Calabria. We invite volunteers that would like to join our activity to write us an email. Accomodation for volunteers is free. The activity will go on until the 25th of May.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
In the last weeks three different papers came out, all related to bird migration. You can find titles here following. The first shows the results of a radar research analysing the effect of fog on the intensity of bird migration and it was written in close collaboration with the Flight Animal Group of the University of Haifa and it is published on International Journal of Biometeorology.
On the other hand, we started to collect data for the paper published on Ornithological Science years ago in the framework of a fieldwork promoted by LIPU-BirdLife Italy. In this paper it is analysed the variation of the flight altitude of honey buzzards facing the open sea during spring migration.
The last paper is a letter on Journal of Raptor Research communicating the amazing observation results of a short survey in Northern Iran where there is an almost unknown migratory bottlenecks of great relevance.
- Panuccio M., Dell'Omo G., Bogliani G., Catoni C., Sapir N. 2019. Migrating birds avoid flying through fog and low clouds. International Journal of Biometeorology https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-018-01656-z.
- Panuccio M., Gustin M., Lucia G., Bogliani G., Agostini N. 2019. Flight altitude of migrating European Honey Buzzards facing the open sea. Ornithological Science 18: 49-57.
- Panuccio M., Ghafouri B., Nourani E. 2018. Is the slope between the Alborz Mountains and Caspian Sea in Northern Iran a bottleneck for migrating raptors? Journal of Raptor Research 52(4): 530-533.