This is quite cool - recently a well known Mediterranean celebrity was paying a visit to Sicily, for the (as far as known) first time.  The bird, a Flamingo is known as "Amelie" has spent the last 38 years (!) touring the Mediterranean countries, after having been ringed in France.  Being individually tagged, and seen in several places, Sardinia, Tunisia, Spain, France (again) and now Sicily over many many years, has made Amelie well known. Now for the first time she has paid a visit Sicily, visiting the reserve Saline Nature Reserve Priolo close to Syracusa, in Eastern Sicily. She was discovered during a routine assessment of the bird fauna in the reserve. Read more here (article in Italian): http://www.youanimal.it/il-fenicottero-amelie-38-anni-per-la-prima-volta-in-sicilia/, or here in English via Google: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youanimal.it%2Fil-fenicottero-amelie-38-anni-per-la-prima-volta-in-sicilia%2F&edit-text=

 

I hope many of you at bird observatories will consider attending this meeting in June 2018.  If anyone is interested in co-organizing a symposium focused on research advances and opportunities at Bird Observatories, please let me know.  I would love to see symposium at this conference that follows from our IBOC 2 experiences.

The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) and Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS) are pleased to announce that registration is open for their joint meeting to be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 7-9 June 2018. AFO/WOS meetings are known for their blend of academic and government ornithologists and citizen scientists, and our meetings offer a welcoming atmosphere for graduate and undergraduate students and early professionals.

Greetings banders  from north eastern Ontario Canada glad to see the site is doing so well  I hope the momentum of the IBOC keeps going and that there are great things ahead for 2018 for this site while I know this is not an article i still wanted to encourage this effort and thank the folks that are making it happen hopefully it expands in the new year.  The Hilliardton Marsh is currently looking for volunteers for our spring banding season that starts in April feel free to visit our website for contact information www.thehilliardtonmarsh.com or  find us on twitter . All the best in banding 

A short summary

Yet another season is completed, the 38th in the series with standardized methods. It turned out being one of the poorest seasons in numbers. Only 7,460 birds were caught and banded/ringed (54 species). The total is only roughly half of the 1980-2009 long term average (LTA). Only during two autumns in the past, we have caught fewer birds than this year in the lighthouse garden.

Three species with a negative trend: Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, and Willow Warbler (Photos P-G Bentz)

Recently a new web site, presenting all the 169,267 Swedish bird recoveries ever made (since 1911), was put on line. It is a web site that can keep the visitor tied up for some time. It offers a map interface and it possible to filter results in a number of ways. One very simple, but exciting, is by country. Exactly 4,000 recoveries of Swedish ringed birds are done in Great Britain for instance, and over 100 in Ghana where I live at the moment. 

This is a test article - Falsterbo at its best.