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…

New feeding station on Lanzarote

The Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote in collaboration with the Canarian Government have opened a new supplementary feeding station in the island of Lanzarote. It is a fenced area where birds are feed with slaughterhouse remains. Soon after the first supplies a neighbouring breeding pair was observed feeding (see photo). The aim of this supplementary feeding…

First chick born in captivity on Fuerteventura

On the 15th of June, the first chicken of a captive pair on Fuerteventura was born at the Biological Station of the Oliva (Cabildo of Fuerteventura). The parents consist of two irrecoverable birds that are at the biological station since 2009. This year the couple produced two clutches (one egg in both cases), one on March…

Capture session at Fuerteventura

The yearly trapping session on Fuerteventura, from 11th until 19th of June, resulted in 25 captured birds (15 males and 9 females, 1 unknown sex). This included the only unringed fledgling from 2015! Since two birds with GPS-loggers died in the last 5 months (one died of lead poisening, one unknown cause), two new birds…

Guirre on the cover of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

A guirre on the May cover of a Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment highlights a review by researchers of the Estacíon Biológica Doñana and collaborators on the effectiveness of supplementary feeding programs to recover endangered scavenger populations. Ainara Cortés‐Avizanda, Guillermo Blanco, Travis L DeVault, Anil Markandya, Munir Z Virani, Joseph Brandt, José A Donázar. Supplementary…