SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Orientation results of reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) at Cholgyni (Ukraine) and Turov (Belarus) stations.

Nataliya Pisulinska1, Dzmitry Zhurauliou2
1Western-Ukrainian Ornithological Station "Avosetta?", Department of Zoology, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Hrushevskogo str. 4, Lviv, 79005, Ukraine
2Belarus Bird Ringing Centre,Institute of Zoology,National Academy of Science of Belarus, Academichnaya str. 27, 220072 Minsk, Belarus 1, 2

Our investigation was made in Cholgyni and Turov stations. Cholgyni ringing station is located in Western Ukraine, 50 km west from Lviv, and Turov station ? in Southern Belarus in Middle Pripyat. Birds were mistnetted during autumn migration. Mist-nets were located in reed beds and near willow bushes. Reed Buntings were tested shortly after their capture with the Busse?s orientation cages for 10 or 15 minutes. A total number of statistically significant tests were 212 (2000-2006) in Cholgyni and 46 in Turov (2005). For data processing following programs were used: Quatro Pro 8 and Orient 4.5. The results showed two directions of the Reed Bunting?s orientation: SE and SW. In some years we observed also some minor directions, i.e. SW or SWW in Cholgyni?s birds. When giving these directions in degrees, then it will be SE - 126? (112-139?), WS ? 237? (226-251?), SW - 209-211? and WWS - 249-259? (to within 11?; on terms: 0? - North, 90? - East, 180? - South, 270? - West). We have some retraps that confirm SW directions. And we assume that the absence of retraps from SE direction can be bound up with element ringing stations in east-southward. Reed Buntings migrating through both ringing stations (Cholgyni and Turov) show high repeatability of directional preferences in all studied periods.

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