Practice of students of the ornithological course BirdID
Last week, the students of the training course on field ird identification (birdwatching) Bird ID passed the practice in Polistovsky Reserve. This ornithological practice is conducted on the basis of Polistovsky Reserve for the second time, the first students of the course visited the protected area last year.
During 5 days spent in the Reserve, students visited Gogolevo and Tsevlo villages surroundings, walked along two ecological routes, went by boat along the river Tsevla from the source to the estuary, and walked more than 40 kilometers on foot.
According to the practice results a list of all encountered species will be drawn up. The most interesting finds were birds rare for the Reserve and for Pskov region as a whole:
lesser spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina) – was never met in the Reserve before, Red Data Books of the Russian Federation and Pskov region;
merlin (Falco columbarius) – Red Data Book of Pskov region;
southern golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) – Red Data Books of the Russian Federation and Pskov region;
ruff (Philomachus pugnax) – Red Data Book of Pskov region;
Eurasian penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus) - Red Data Book of Pskov region.
The course of field identification of birds BirdID was developed by the Norwegian university Nord and is being conducted in Russia since 2017. The course's instructors are training specialists and volunteers to participate in programs on bird counting and monitoring, as well as scientific work.