The new number of Stepet journal has been published. – 2010. – Vol. 8, Iss. 2. The journal includes the following publications on birds of prey:
• Belik V.P. Short-toed Eagle in the North Caucasus // С. 34-59. [in Russian]
• Efimenko N.N. Short-toed Eagle in Turkmenistan: distribution, breeding ecology, current numbers and conservation // С. 60-85. [in Russian]
• Tilba P.A. Passage of Red-footed Falcon in the North-Western Caucasus // С. 94-98. [in Russian]
• Komarov Yu.E. Red-footed Falcon in Northern Ossetia // С. 99-100. [in Russian]
• Dinkevich M.A., Markitan L.V. Recording of obligatory necrophage birds in the plain part of Adygea Republic (near the town of Krasnodar) // C. 101-105. [in Russian]
Results of spring counts in the alienated zone of Chornobyl Atomic Power Station (CAPS) in March 2011Sunday, June 5th, 2011 Posted in Chornobyl alienation zone, Field researches, Migrations, Photos | No Comments »
The Chornobyl alienated zone always attracts researches with its wild surroundings almost deprived of traces of human activity, and with abundance of various groups of animals and birds. We used a chance to realize our old desire for searching Strigiformes birds in this region, and carried out counts 21 to 25.03.2011.
For this purpose we applied a well-known method of provoking owls by records of their voices. In forest sites we played voices of the Pygmy and Tengmalm’s Owls, Great Grey Owl, in open areas – those of the Eagle Owl. Records of the Tawny Owl we used only occasionally since the species is numerous in forest areas and frequently responses voices of the above-mentioned owl species.
Information on availability of owls in the alienated zone is very poor. Data on the Great Grey Owl is limited by 6 encounters, mainly in the western part of the zone (Gashchak et al. 2006; Domashevsky 2004; pers. comm. A.V. Yastremsky). A Pygmy Owl was observed in twilight at Belorus border by S.P. Gashchak 30.06.2009 (pers. comm.) In addition, there were several records of the Eagle Owl including a fledgling found nearby the atomic station (Gashchak et al. 2006).