SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
2004 Istambul
6-8 February 2004,

Istanbul, Turkey

6th  Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network

48 participants from 12 countries came to the 6th SEEN workshop. This time meeting lasted 3 days and this was a very good opportunity for really impressive number of presentations, i.e. more than twice as many as at the last workshop: 15 station reports, 10 presentations on “Birds on migration”, and special session on “Orientation experiments” (10 presentations). Not only number of presentations was higher but their quality as well according to SEEN Chairman, Przemysław Busse. The workshop was organised by our colleagues from Turkish Bird Research Society (KAD) and supported by the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks (Ministry of Environment and Forestry), UNDP/GEF-SGP and BTC Co. Organisation was PERFECT and we had a very good, fruitful SEEN meeting in Istanbul. Sincere THANK YOU: our hosts and sponsors for your efforts.

Opening speeches:
Dr. Can Bilgin, KAD President
Prof. dr Przemysław Busse, SEEN President
Mr Cem Çakiroglu, Environmental Investment Programme Coordinator, BTC Co.
Mr Mustafa Ak?ncioglu, Deputy General Director of Nature Conservation and National Parks
Mr.Mehmet Ali Çeliker, Istanbul Deputy Governor


Report

 •  SEEN Network

SEEN members come from 22 countries, which means that activities of our Network cover area from Belgium, Finland, Omsk (Russia) to Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Israel in the Middle East and SAFRING in South Africa.


 •  Trainings/Visits

Four new ringing stations started to work: Sharm el Sheik and Aswan in Egypt, Akyatan and Diyarbakir in Turkey, pilot studies were also conducted at a new ringing place in Bulgaria. The aim of all trainings and visits was (1) to establish uniform methodology for SEEN members so effectiveness of research of bird migration could be increased and (2) at the new stations - to train local ringers that will be able to continue SEEN ringing programmes on their own.

-    in Poland: 2 persons from Russia and Belarus were trained in bird migration fieldwork methods,


 •  Egypt project (2003)

Ringing station at Wadi El Rayan Protected Area continued to work, ran by our Egyptian colleague – Wed Ibrahim. Thanks to his effort ringing projects started also at two other places in Egypt: at Sharm el Sheik, located on the Red Sea Coast, and near Aswan, close to first cataract on Nile. At Sharm el Sheik ringing programme continued for 1.5 month in spring and a month in autumn. In both seasons number of ringed birds was low, thus decision was made to stop the studies there. It seems that this place, holds some number of migrants only at suboptimal conditions for migration, e.g. during sandstorms. Studies near Aswan started in autumn and lasted for 1.5 month; results were promising and ringing programme will be continued in spring 2004.


 •  Jordan project (2003)

Unfortunately because of a very difficult political situation in the Middle East, ringing at Azraq in spring was not conducted. In autumn it was run for one month in Azraq. Number of birds caught was very low, so it was confirmed that this place in autumn is not suitable for migration studies.


 •  Turkey project (2003)

Development of the SEEN ringing/training scheme in Turkey is much quicker than could be expected.
In spring Polish ringers only assisted Turkish colleagues at Manyas and Cernek ringing stations, in autumn both stations were run only by Turkish ringers. In spring ringing studies were conducted at a new place: Akyatan, results were promising and studies were continued in autumn. In autumn as well, another, new ringing station was established – Diyarbakir; ringing at this station lasted for two weeks only. Ringing programme at this station will be continued in spring 2004.
 

 •  SEEN development – ringing/training scheme

After just a few years of this scheme, it can be said that in the whole process of establishing of the on-going ringing programmes in different countries, the key element are people. “Catching people is really more important than catching birds at the initial steps.”
At this workshop initial arrangements on ringing schemes in Iran and Georgia were discussed.


Abstracts

Station reports

Turkish National Ringing Scheme
Özge Keşapli Can, Turkey

Bird Migration at Chokpak Pass in 2003

A.E.Gavrilov, E.I.Gavrilov, Kazakhstan

Ringing activities and orientation experiments in two temporary stations in Bulgaria – general report
Dimitar Ragyov, Bulgaria

General report of the ringing and orientation experiments in Kalimok station
Mihaela Ilieva, Bulgaria

Jordan’s Bird Ringing Scheme
Khaldoun Alomari, Jordan

Ringing Season 2003 on the Courish Spit: preliminary results
Nadezhda Zelenova, Russia

Results of bird banding in Spring 2002 and 2003 at Titreyengöl/Sogun, Manavgat Turkey
Reinhard Vohwinkel and Werner Prünte, Germany

2003 Ringing Results for Manyas Kuşcenneti Station, Turkey
Özgür Keşapli Didrickson, Jno Didrickson and Özge Keşapli Can, Turkey

2003 Ringing Summary of Cernek Ringing Station
Arzu Gürsoy, Kiraz Erciyas, A. Cemal Özsemir, Dr. Y. Sancar Bariş, Turkey

Results of 2003 ringing studies at Akyatan station (S Turkey)
Özge Keşapli Can, Turkey

Palestinian Ringing Stations Data and Methods
Simon Awad, Palestine

Results of 30-Years Studies of Raptors Migration in Georgia
Alexander Abuladze, Georgia

Ringing Programmes of the Iranian Department of Environment
Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan, Iran

Advanced Population Study of Black Vulture in Dadia National Park
Skartsi Theodora, Kostas Poirazides, Javier Elloriaga, Demetres Vasilakis, Greece


Birds on migration

Movements of Bearded Tits (Panurus biarmicus) in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
David Horak, Czech Republic

Autumn migrations of the Sedge Warbler in the western Ukraine
Oksana Zakala, Ukraine

Do White Storks in the Czech Republic breed earlier? An analysis of ringing data from last 40 years
Cepák J., Albrecht T. and Skopek J., Czech Republic

Studies on Soaring Bird Migration at the Belen Pass and Hatay Province
Okan Can, Turkey

Seasonal migration pattern of owls at Bukowo-Kopań station 2000-2003
Damiana Michalonek, Poland

A short report on Flamingo ringing at Lake Uromiyeh and recoveries in Turkey
Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan, Iran

The course of the moult of flight feathers in Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) caught during autumn season at station Akyatan (S Turkey)
Magdalena Remisiewicz, Poland and Özge Keşapli Can, Turkey      

Migration of Birds of Prey at Arhavi in September 2003
Reinhard Vohwinkel, Germany

Weighting and fat scoring – simple measurements or a composed problem?
Przemysław Busse, Poland


Orientation experiments

Bird navigation model – an inherited program with azimuths and switches – as a theoretical basis to the field cage tests
Przemysław Busse, Poland

Development in the cage data elaboration
Przemysław Busse, Poland

Emlen funnel cage and Busse’s flat cage – comparison of two methods used in orientation studies
Agnieszka Ożarowska, Poland and Reuven Yosef, Israel

Directional preferences of Acrocephalus warblers in the Czech Republic
Petr Prochazka, Richard Policht and Jiri Reif, Czech Republic

Directional preferences of Passerines caught during autumn migration at Cernek Ringing Station, Northern Turkey
Jarosław K. Nowakowski, Poland, Sancar Bariş, Turkey, Kiraz Erciyas, Turkey, Arzu Gürsoy, Turkey and Cemal Özsemir, Turkey

What do low active birds show in Busse's experimental cages?
Jarosław K. Nowakowski, Poland, Sancar Bariş, Turkey, Kiraz Erciyas, Turkey, Arzu Gürsoy, Turkey and Cemal Özsemir, Turkey

Results of the orientation tests in spring and autumn in different experimental conditions
Dimitar Ragyov, Bulgaria

Orientation behaviour of long-distance migrants – sun and researcher influences
Mihaela Ilieva, Bulgaria

Results of bird orientation experiments in the Busse’s cages at the Zvenigorod Biological Station (Moscow Region, Russia)
Vadim V. Gavrilov, M. J. Goretskaia, E. O. Veselovskaia, Russia

Study of migratory divide in the Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) – an invitation to co-operation
Petr Prochazka, Czech Republic
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