Ending 2020 on a high note!

It couldnโ€™t have happened differently. During its last weekend for 2020, ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—œ๐—— ๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ concluded the 9th and 10th sessions with impressive observations in terms of both quantity and variety.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜€รซ-๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜รซ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ never disappoints when it comes to giving you magical bird flights, endless flocks of waders that occupy the corners of the Salinas, and it looks as though they are communing with one another. And as we get a little closer to the flocks, thousands of individuals of the European golden plover illuminate the water surface with their reflection. Of course, in this natural avian competition, it is also worth mentioning the mesmerizing performance of the Northern lapwing, which immediately steals the attention of those present, leaving everyone breathless.

We could not conclude this session without visiting ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ธรซ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ, thus presenting the importance and values that they have in regards to birds. This sparked debates about the ๐—ฉ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—”๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜, analyzing every implicit aspect. Of course, with their participation in BirdId and especially the knowledge they have gained so far, the students are much more sensitive to such investments and especially when they are planned to be built in ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€ (๐—œ๐—•๐—”) and in ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€ (๐—ž๐—•๐—”).

For more details on the species observed, see the list prepared by ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—œ๐—— ๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎย students. The two-day observations focused on two main groups, waterbirds and field birds.

The most interesting observations of the first day (salina):

  • Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), thousands of individuals
  • European golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria), thousands of individuals
  • Slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei), dozens of individuals
  • Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
  • Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), hundreds of individuals
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
  • Ruff (Calidris pugnax)

The most interesting observations of the second day (agricultural lands):

  • Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis)
  • Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)
  • European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
  • Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
  • Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus)

A total of ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿด ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ย observed during these sessions signifies the extraordinary importance of the ๐—ฉ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฎ-๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ area in terms of bird conservation.

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