SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
2005 Przebendowo
Photo: D. Ożarowski

1-3 July 2005,

Przebendowo, Poland


7th  Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network

30 participants from 12 countries took part in the 7th SEEN workshop. For the first time we had guests working on the Western flyway – a group of Spanish ornithologists. In total there were 26 presentations that included station reports and several presentations on specific topics that composed two sessions – “Birds on migration” and “Directional preferences of migrants – methods, results”. As this time the meeting was in summer, a special technical session was organised. Participants could learn on and discuss work procedures at the bird ringing stations. 

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

Pilot studies were conducted at a new ringing place in Egypt – Wadi Gemal and Turkey - Kars.
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:
    a. one ornithologist from Bulgaria and four ornithologists from Spain were trained in bird migration fieldwork methods in autumn 2004
    b. one of our Turkish colleagues came for few weeks’ training in elaboration of data collected at bird ringing stations
  • SEEN ringers went to:
    a. Egypt (Saluga and Ghazel), Turkey (Diyarbakir) in spring 2004,
    b. Jordan (Wadi Dana) and Turkey (Diyarbakir) in autumn 2004,
    c. Egypt (Wadi Gemal) and Turkey (Kars) in spring 2005
to train local ringers in methods of fieldwork and/or help in ringing stations.


 •  Egypt project (2004/spring 2005)

Ringing station at Wadi El Rayan Protected Area continued to work ran by Egyptian ringers. Studies near Aswan in Saluga and Ghazel Protected Area were continued in spring 2004 (19 March - 16 May) and run by SEEN ringers. 1050 individuals of 49 bird species were caught; this number included 838 migrants of 38 species. 343 orientation tests were performed. Once again work at this station was very successful both according to ringing results as well as to training of new Egyptian ringers. In autumn 2004 and spring 2005 work was continued by our Egyptian colleagues.

Once again thanks to effort of Wed Ibrahim pilot studies were conducted in spring 2005 at a new place in Egypt – Wadi Gemal, the Red Sea Protectorates. Work started on 16 March and lasted till 29 April; in total 1043 individuals of 55 species were caught. 430 orientation tests were performed. To correct assess a role of this place for bird migration work will be continued in autumn 2005 as well.


 •  Jordan project (2004/spring 2005)

In 2004 ringing at Azraq in spring was successfully conducted. It started on 20 March and lasted till 13 May. In total 2 882 birds of 56 species were caught – these included: 2 581 individuals ringed, 264 recaptured and 22 controlled. In autumn 2004 all three Jordanian colleagues were recognized as qualified SEEN ringers!
Thanks to their effort pilot studies were conducted in Wadi Dana in autumn 2004 – 328 individuals of 28 species were caught.


 •  Turkey project (2004/spring 2005)

Cernek ringing station continues to work both in spring and autumn seasons – detailed results are given in an abstract of  this station presentation.
Despite some man-power difficulties also colleagues from Akyatan ringing station continued their work in spring 2004 (20 March – 1 May).
 
In spring and autumn 2004 Polish ringers continued work at Diyarbakir ringing station.
 
In spring 2005 pilot studies were conducted at a new place - Kars. Bird ringing programme was run in cooperation with Americans. Work lasted two months, the studies were conducted by SEEN ringers from Turkey and Poland. Results were very promising and the programme will be continued n spring 2006.


Election of the SEEN Board

The SEEN Board in 2000-2005 was as follows:
Chairman: Przemysław Busse
Vice-Chairman: Reuven Yosef
Members of the Board: Ricardas Patapavicius, Siarhei Darafeyev
Secretary: Agnieszka Ożarowska
Words of appreciation and simple “thank you “ were addressed to the Board members.

Following persons were proposed as new SEEN board members:
Chairman: Przemysław Busse
Vice-Chairman: Sancar Baris
Members of the Board: Oksana Zakala, Wed Ibrahim
Secretary: Agnieszka Ożarowska
The SEEN Board was approved unanimously.


Abstracts

Station reports

Ringing results of Biological station “Rybachy” at the Courish Spit in year 2004
Nadejda Zelenova,Russia

Ringing results of Ventes Ragas Ornithological and Neringa Bird Ringing Stations (Lithuania) in 2004
Ričardas Patapavičius, Vytautas Jusys, Vytautas Pareigis, Lithuania

Ringing results of Turov Ringing Station in 2000-2004
Dimitri Zhuravliev, Belarus

Results of Ringing Studies of Cernek Station, Samsun
Arzu Gürsoy,Kiraz Erciyas, A. Cemal Özsemir, Y. Sancar Bariş, Fazilet Üker, Turkey
   
Status of Ringing Stations in Palestine
Riad Abu Sada, Palestine

First Cataract Islands Protected Area
Hosny Helmy Aly, Egypt

A network of ringing stations in northern Spain
Alejandro Onrubia, Jose María Unamuno, Mariano Torres, Spain


Birds on migration

Autumn migration of Long-eared Owls counted visually at Pape 1985 – 2004
Guntis Graubics, Janis Baumanis, Karlis Millers, Latvia 

The Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) sex structure and autumn migration dynamics at Bukowo-Kopań station in 1999-2004
Robert Lasecki, Poland

Sex-age composition of migrating Blue Tits (Parus caeruleus) at the Polish SEEN stations
Jacek Chruściel, Poland

Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola ringing in Belarus
Dimitri Zhuravliev, Belarus

Measuring body composition of small migrating birds with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at a migratory stopover in Eilat, Israel
Michał S. Wojciechowski, Poland, Reuven Yosef, Israel, C. Korine, Israel, B. Pinshow, Israel

Morphological variation in the Robin (Erithacus rubecula) during autumn migration at the Polish Baltic coast
Katarzyna Rosińska, Małgorzata Ginter, Magdalena Remisiewicz, Poland

Intra-seasonal variation in number of unmoulted coverts in Robins (Erithacus rubecula) migrating through the Polish Baltic coast

Małgorzata Ginter, Katarzyna Rosińska, Magdalena Remisiewicz, Poland

Avian migrant mitigation: conservation, education, science AND eco-tourism. An all-in-one deal
Reuven Yosef, Israel, Lynette Mitchell, UK

Bird Conservation Activities in Egypt
Wed Ibrahim, Egypt


Directional preferences of migrants – methods, results

Orientation tests data elaboration – present state and future prospects
Agnieszka Ożarowska, Krzysztof Muś, Poland

The raw data from Emlen's cage experiments – what can they tell us?
Przemysław Busse, Poland

Directional preferences of the Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus L.) during autumn migration in western Ukraine
Oksana Zakala, Ukraine

Summer-autumn migration and orientation of the Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava L.) in western Ukraine
Ihor Shydlovskyy, Andrij Zatushevskyy, Ukraine

Directions of autumn migration of three passerine trans-Saharan migrants in Bulgaria: results from orientation cage experiments
Mihaela Ilieva, Pavel Zehtindjiev, Bulgaria

Directional preferences of Passerines caught during autumn migration
at Kizilirmak Delta, Northern Turkey

Kiraz Erciyas, Turkey, A. Cemal Özsemir, Turkey, Y. Sancar Bariş, Turkey, Jarosław Nowakowski, Poland

Nocturnal bird migration in the Balkan Area: spatial and temporal distribution of passerine migrants
Pavel Zehtindjiev, Bulgaria, Felix Liechti, Switzerland
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