Fieldwork update

Since February, Julio Roldan and Walo Moreno, with the help of Toni Mulet, have started this year’s fieldwork campaign. The beginning of the breeding season was characterized by an unusual high amount of rainfall, on 21/02, and on 18/03 and 19/03 in particular, over  60 liters / m2  were recorded in Antigua which is an…

Return of the Neophron

In a recent issue of  Oionos (July-December 2016), the journal of the Hellenic ornithological society, we describe our work on Fuerteventura, as part of special section dedicated to  the LIFE+ project ‘Return of the Neophron’ (LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152) http://www.LifeNeophron.eu. This project has ended in December 2016 and was  focused on improving the conservation status of the…

Birding on Fuerteventura

The Island of Fuerteventura is not only home to Guirres, but inhabited by several other spectacular bird species, most of them being subspecies that differ from the nominate form because they have been living in isolation for many years. Overall, however, the total number of bird species breeding on Fuerteventura is rather low. This is…

Life at the Guirrera

Last summer, during 200 hours of observation at the feeding station (‘Guirrera”),  we observed a total number of 213 different individuals (56 adult females, 24 immature females, 52 adult males, 45 immature males and all 36 fledglings born this year).  We experienced some remarkable days with up to 150 birds being observed, including several birds…

Other birds….

Feeding stations often function as food bonanzas for many different species of birds, on Fuerteventura mostly other facultative scavengers such as buzzard, yellow-legged gull and ravens. However, sometimes species at other trophic levels than scavengers may be attracted to carcasses. For example, a frequent visitor of our feeding station(s) is the hoopoe, who takes advantage…

Guirre gathering at the feeding station

From August onwards, M. van Overveld started conducting behavioural observations from a hide at one of the feeding stations to further establish dominance relationships between individually marked birds, particularly those equipped with GPS-devices. Until the end of September, Guirres will be observed twice a week from dusk till dawn (8-14 hours depending on time of…

A record breaking breeding season for the Guirre

After 7 months of hard work Julio Roldan and Walo Moreno (and co-workers) have ended the fieldwork by ringing the last chick in August. With a record number 60 occupied territories and 36 fledged young on Fuerteventura alone, 2016 was the most productive breeding season since the monitoring started in 1998 (60% of nest successful…