During this period, the team of AOS field-ornithologists has been thoroughly engaged, as always, in monitoring and observing the population of waterbirds species in our coastal wetland sites. The latest field-visit of the AOS team was conducted in the Vjosa-Narta area, aiming to collect and provide data on waterbird species breeding in this wetland site.

The AOS team completed covering the monitoring of every water body and other suitable breeding grounds including – islets, dikes, drainage canals, fishing, and salt basins ponds – thus providing a clear overview of the breeding waterbirds species and their population in the Vjosa-Narta area.

The results obtained from the survey of the Vjosa-Narta area. 

The results obtained from this survey are, as usual, very interesting. Below we are providing details on the colonially nesting waterbirds: 

📌 Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) with 305-320 breeding pairs

📌 Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) with 175-185 breeding pairs

📌 Collared Pratincole (Glaerola pratincola) with 15-20 pair up to now

📌 Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) with 10-12 pairs

📌 Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nylotica) with 5-7 pairs

Water basins in the Salina © Taulant Bino

Following the 1st monitoring visits of the breeding waterbirds in the nicknamed “The paradise of ornithologists” (Vjosa-Narta), AOS field-ornithologist and other partners will conduct other surveys on the breeding birds of the area in order to specify further the first findings on colonially nesting waterbirds. 

Meanwhile, the team will also analyze the collected data for territorial breeding waterbirds such as the Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Eurasian Thick-knee (Burhinus oedicnemus), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and Common Moorhen (Gallinura chloropus). 

Based on the above and the long-term data, Narta and particularly the Salina of Skrofotina is undoubtedly one of the most important areas in Albania for breeding waterbirds.

The monitoring of breeding pairs in the Vjosa-Narta area was conducted in the frame of AOS monitoring activity on breeding waterbirds in the main wetlands of Albania. This monitoring is a continuation of previous work started in 1995 by AOS ornithologists as part of the national monitoring scheme of waterbirds and the latest international reporting such as the European Red List of Birds, etc. 

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