NOCTURANL SURVEY OF BIRDS OF PREY IN LEAOTA AREA

6Throughout February, FCC researchers started a nocturnal birds of prey survey in the northern sector of Leaota. We searched for seven species, previously recorded in the neighboring areas.
The birds of prey are considered as important ecological indicators for the quality of the ecosystem.
At the beginning of each census, a period of silence was maintained in order to detect spontaneous calls. Recorded calls of territorial males were broadcast, as well, to simulate a territorial intrusion and to provoke an answer by any territorial individuals.
Until now, Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) was the most vocal species, over six individuals responding at the playback calls. Although rocky habitats seemed favorable in Colții Ghimbavului, neither Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) nor Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) responded the calls. The survey will continue in other parts of Leaota.

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