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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Black Stork migration beginning

BTW: 2009-2012 in total 1953 readings from 460 different Black Storks!

Colourring-readings list autumn 2012:
Updated: 11. October 2012 - in total: 132 different birds with 362 readings.

  • Czech Rep. (38): 6144, 6FU, 6FC, 6RV, 60AA, 630V, 641V, 6360, 62V8, 6103, 62W7, 639V, 6MH, 6415, 601H, 646H, 6132, 6022, 61V4, 6164, 63MF, 60M6, 60U9, 62ML, 613U, 62V5, 638L, 63AW, 6322, 61FU, 644X, 60W9, BX 4168 (metal), BX12249 (metal), BX566 (metal), 643L, 61CA, 62W9
  • Slovakia (5): 8F2, 8382, 8AJ, 8WO, 8CN
  • Latvia (21): 0CJJ, 0A14, 0AT6, 0ACO, 0CP4, 0CP1, 0AWC, 0CJF, 0CPV, 0CMU, 0CPX, 0CHL, 0CLJ, 0A96, 0CMC, 0CL4, 0CHC, 0CLT, 0CPL, 0CLM, 0CMO
  • Estonia (2): 7014 (Raivo), 7138
  • Poland (21): 1M76, 1R49, 1B32, 1V26, 1R35, 1E83, 1H70, 1L41, 1T21, 1B16, 1P96, 1K37, 1L85, 1K31, 1H66, 1E26, 1H15, 1K30, 1T13, 1L83, 1E45
  • Hungary (16): 518V, 50N7, 50V8, 516C, 50HC, 51AX, 51H1, 517W, 50PT, 51A5, 51J0, 51N2, 5194, 511X, 506X, 51FC
  • Lithuania (11): V022, V320, 6084 (metal), V032, V060, V322, 2369 (metal), V345, V023, V333, V252
  • Ukraine (3): UAT, U83, U79
  • Croatia (1): 4022, TA06134 (metal)
  • Germany (2): TTN, TMT
  • Austria (3): 2053, 2028, DER A6825 (ELSA-ring)
  • Israel (8): ME31, L5502 (metal), ME27, ME28, ME29, L5911 (metal), L4648 (metal), L9111 (metal)
  • Bulgaria (1): 7-00933 (metal)
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Encouragingly - today on 27 September was my first good day.
The last days were always very hot. 40 degrees today.
The air stream fitted. A typical weather conditions for Black Stork migration - in the afternoon it was time!
Between 14:30 pm to 17:17 pm (sunset) 2300 Black Storks moved from Jordan in the Valley. Larger flocks also continued to fly direction SSW. I think today was also a good migration day on the coast.

Migration starts 15:30 pm in the gate to the Valley.
More and more coming. The biggest flock with 420 birds. Here is  a selection.
Black Storks on arrival in the Jordan Valley.
The first Storks drink water...
But are constantly disturbances.. Here are the gas-powered cannon in the neighboring date plantations. I read before 3 ringed BS in one minute! And then the bang....it would landing so many.
And here my first German BS "TTN" (note dirty ring), ringed this year in Saxony. Great! 26.09.12 Jordan Valley © C. Rohde
28 September (42 degrees) - really the first peak day - again an interesting day!
The same place, the same time...
5.800 BS in total passing the Valley in the afternoon. Until darkness was migration time.
The following day will be very interesting (typical for good take off).

An area of the largest group of 810 BS. 28.09.12 - Jordan Valley
Continuous migration after sunset with small flocks...
Black Stork in the Moon! No photomontage. 28.09.12 - Jordan Valley - © C. Rohde
Look Urmas - Greetings from Raivo is fine  and Carsten from Israel... 28.09.12 - Harod Valley - © C. Rohde
29 September: indeed, this morning between 08:15 am till 10:30 am a really nice take off with small groups of BS and raptors.
In total 1750 Black Stork moved continuous in two hours to SW. This was followed a rain front in the afternoon and the migration stopped.
Together with the BS migration this morning (08:15 - 11:15):
Short-toed Eagle: 122
Booted Eagle: 12
Pallid Harrier: 8
Montagu's Harrier: 6
Lesser Spotted Eagle: 420
Greater Spotted Eagle: 12
Levant Sparrowhawk: 125

30 September: no migration

The colour-ring is completely dirty by Polish BS "1L85". A real challenge! Meshilot 30.09.12 © C. Rohde
01 October: small groups - in total 320 Black Storks migration by take off.

The Greater Spotted Eagle arrived in winter roost - Beit Shean Valley - 02. October 2012 - © C. Rohde
02 October: slowly in total 200 Black Storks in the afternoon.

Rings on the tarsus are bad. The chance they to find is about ten times lower than the ring location on tibia. Here the Hungarian BS "51N2". 02. October 2012 - Newe Ur - © C. Rohde
03 October: slowly in total 340 Black Storks

04 October: only 200 Black Storks, but appr. 15.000 Lesser Spotted Eagles (Survey team)

The most important roost place for Black Storks in Israel (Jordan Valley) - Maximum 2.400 birds. - © C. Rohde
Here is a selection - 03. October 2012 - © C. Rohde
And here is the second most important place (from five) in Israel. Maximum 1.900 birds in 2011. 04. October 2012 - © C. Rohde
05 October: in total 620 Black Storks passing.

Small flocks of Black Storks on 05. October 2012 - © C. Rohde
Harod Valley - 05. October 2012 - © C. Rohde
The Storks together... © C. Rohde
Jordan Valley - 05. October 2012 - © C. Rohde
Black Storks and Little Egrets "counts" in Newe Ur - 04. October 2012 - © C. Rohde
06 October: in total 750 Black Storks in the afternoon. + 480 Lesser Spotted Eagle, 3 Griffon Vulture (Jordan Valley).

The second German Black Stork "TMT" ringed also in Saxony. 06.10.2012 - © C. Rohde
07 October: no migration day



Montagu's on the border to Jordan - all photos Jordan Valley - 07.10.12 - © C. Rohde
08 October: in total 850 Black Storks, 1880 Lesser Spotted Eagles (mostly over Jordan), 1 Saker

Black Stork over the Jordan Valley - Image from the aircraft - 08.10.12 - © C. Rohde
09 October: only 120 Black Storks

The last Black Storks on the roost place - note the spots! - 08.10.12 - Beit Shean Valley (08:45) - © C. Rohde
I measured all Black Storks roost places in the Jordan and Beit Shean Valley per Glider and GPS - Here's a really nice place (note also the spots of Black Storks and the Jordan on the ground!) - 08.10.12 - Jordan Valley - © C. Rohde
The world's largest Black Stork roost in the Jordan Valley - 08.10.12 - © C. Rohde
A lonely Black Stork between a flock of White Pelicans - 08.10.12 - Harod Valley (image from the glider) - © C. Rohde
White Pelicans in the Harod Valley - 08.10.12 - © C. Rohde
Raivos main area in autumn 2012 - 08.10.12 - Harod Valley - © C. Rohde
Black Storks, Great Egrets, Little Egrets and Grey Herons in a "pond bay". We are fortunate still to find ponds with natural vegetation. - 04.10.12 - Jordan Valley (image also from the glider) - © C. Rohde
10 October: 850 Black Storks arrived in the evening. But also two new finds in the cover nets (both still alive, I'm happy!)

Stone Curlew in olive plantations - Beit Shean Valley - 09.10.12 - © C. Rohde
Black Stork roost in the morning - Jordan Valley - 11.10.12 - © C. Rohde
11 October: 720 Black Storks arrived in the evening.