viernes, 6 de noviembre de 2009

Reunión anual 2009 del Comite de Rarezas de SEO/BirdLife en Navarra

El comité revisando la tabla de citas aceptadas y pendientes
The RC reviewing the table of pending and accepted records

El fin de semana del 23-25.10.2009 se efectuó la reunión anual del CR/SEO-BirdLife en el albergue de Beire, Navarra.

El objetivo principal de la reunión era el de resolver en directo citas difíciles o que estaban pendientes de decisión para preparar el informe 2007 de rarezas, ya en prensa en Ardeola. Asímismo se discutieron temas de funcionamiento interno y otros pormenores apuntados en una reunión previa de secretarios celebrada en junio 2009.

El comité en plena reunión
The RC during the work session

Pese a la intensidad del trabajo, con una jornada ininterrumpida de 9 a 01 horas del sábado... pudimos compartir una cena con diversos ornitólogos navarros el viernes 23 en la cual pudimos poner rostro a esas direcciones de correo electrónico que todos tenemos y resolver algunas de las frecuentes dudas que nuestro trabajo volutario genera así como, de paso, comentar la riqueza de la avifauna navarra y de otros lugares visitados por todos. Es voluntad del comité seguir ahondando en este ámbito tanto celebrando reuniones en otros lugares del territorio como con otros medios de presencia virtual en estudio.


Hay que agradecer la labor organizativa de nuestro colega y miembro del comité Gorka Gorospe y la de Birding Navarra por gestionar las tareas de intendencia y a la de toda la gente que colabora en el registro de rarezas apoyando no sólo las tareas de este comité sino el del incremento del conocimiento de la avifauna española y europea en general.

Os dejamos algunas fotos de la reunión, en la que lamentablemente no pudimos salir a pajarear fuera del albergue!

Asistentes a la cena de confraternización. De izquierda a derecha, de arriba a abajo:
People joining the RC at the informal dinner on 23.10.2009, left to right, standing and below:
Ricardo Rodríguez (Navarra), Ricard Gutiérrez (CR-SEO, Catalunya), Daniel López-Velasco (CR-SEO, Asturies), Elías García-Sánchez (CR-SEO, Asturies), J.Antonio Lorenzo (CR-SEO, Canarias), Gonzalo Deán (Navarra), Jordi Martí-Aledo (CR-SEO, Catalunya), J.Ignacio Deán (Navarra), José Ardaiz (Navarra), Sergi Sales (CR-SEO, Catalunya); Gorka Gorospe (CR-SEO, Navarra), J.Ignacio Dies (CR-SEO, València)


Empezando la cena de confraternización
Just before the informal dinner


Pese a algún contratiempo (¿sabotaje?) con alguna silla, se pudo acabar bien la reunión
Despite minor problems with some chairs (savatage?), the meeting ended well!

Abstract. Spanish Rarities Committee (CR-SEO) annual meeting 2009 at Navarra. From 23-25.10.2009 the annual meeting of the rarities committee was held at Beire, Navarra. With very long sessions dealing mostly with pending records for the forthcoming 2007 report already in print at Ardeola, we also had some time the first evening to meet some local enthusiastic birders who joined us and learnt a bit more how the RC works and exchanged information on the richness of Navarra birdlife.

domingo, 1 de noviembre de 2009

And Piros died out of the WP [Y Piros murió fuera del WP]

Sad news. The managers of the Hungarian LIFE project on Saker Falcon sent us this message with details on the death of the travelling Saker Piros. A sad end for perhaps the most outstanding travel ever recorded for such species.

'A few days ago - following of my request - an international team of biologists working with monk seals in Mauritania found the body of Piros on a peninsula on the northern part of the country (see 20.77100 -17.04467). When first seen, Piros seemed exhausted but the colleagues could not help her. She spent 8 days in the area before her signals disappeared. There is no explanation for her death since apparently there is plenty of food around: shorebirds, gulls and probably passerine migrants too. Nevertheless, the possibility of getting too tired after crossing the desert and not being able to hunt is not excluded. Further possibilities are: secondary poisoning (a large number of ships have been dismantled and sank in the area), some kind of disease or some unknown factor. It is a strange co-incidence, however that in 1979 a dead Saker was found by French ornithologists in Star Bay - just a few km north of the place where Piros has been found. This fact raises the question whether this phenomenon occurs from year to year, and this place is really a some kind of trap for Sakers; or it is really just a co-incidence and these two birds were found there co-incidently. This story shows again how little we know about our ecosystem and its 'elements'.

Certainly, it would be worth looking around there, however I can't see at the moment how we could get there in the close future.

The transmitter will be returned to us across Madrid with the help of a Spanish member of the team (to whom goes a great thanks).

Unfortunately, it seems that this is the end of the great story of Piros.

Thank you again for your invaluable help and I will inform you if there is any developments.

All the best

Matyas

Resumen. Y Piros murió fuera del WP. Se adjunta la carta de los gestores del proyecto LIFE del halcón sacre en la que se relatan las circunstancias de la muerte de Piros en Mauritania.