๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ-๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐˜๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ?

For many visitors, this might be a non-relevant question! This is not the case for the ornithologists and the the students of BirdID Albania.

Kune-Vaini is a coastal wetland with high quantities of fresh water due to the impact of artesian wells that provide continuous fresh water to this lagoon system. Due this fresh water discharge, the wetland system is covered by large reedbeds, creating thus one of the most wetland sites of Albania. The fresh waters and reedbeds are the main reason for the presence of high numbers of ducks, songbirds of reedbeds as well as many other species specialized in fresh and brackish waters.

This very interesting ecosystem, was the site visited by students of BirdID Albania during the weekend of January 30-31, 2021. The observed bird species were very interesting. It was worth noting the presence of Eurasian bittern (Botaurus stellaris), Redwing (Turdus iliacus), Common blackbird (Turdus merula), Common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), Common pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula), Northern shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), Water rail (Rallus aquaticus) etc.

However, the highlight of this training session was the Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) that forms here a roosting site of circa 50 specimens. Those sightings gave to the students the opportunity to recall the distinctive features of this bird – “V” shaped wings during flight, brown body and the golden head and throat as distinctive features of the female individuals. Given that observation one of the students did ask : “Why do we constantly observe only female individuals of the Western marsh harrier?โ€ This interesting question has an interesting answer.

“๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด, ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ โ€˜๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅโ€™ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ, ๐˜ช.๐˜ฆ. ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ.”

Lastly, this visit would be impossible without the support of the staff of RAPA Lezhw who have always been hospitable and ready to help us during our observations in the Park. Many thanks RAPA Lezhe.

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