𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗞𝘂𝗻𝗲-𝗩𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗼 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗲𝘁𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮?
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?” This interesting question has an interesting answer.
“𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘣𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘣𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳, 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘴. 𝘔𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 ‘𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥’ 𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘺, 𝘪.𝘦. 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘦.”
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.