Monday, 19 November 2012

More bird species registered in Graminhais

The Sustainable Laurel Life Project has developed various recovery actions in the peat bogs plateau of Graminhais. In last September, the larger scale work started in the summer of 2011, was finished. These works included, among others, dike construction and the closure of the drainage ditches to recover the water level in that area.

With the beggining of the autumn and the rain that have occurred, we can already see a significant water levea in the dikes of Graminhais. The various ponds constructed to hold water in this wetland, also enable a suitable habitat for many migratory species that pass through the Azores.

Snow Bunting  (Plectrophenax nivalis)

On 7 November, the SPEA team was in Graminhais to do monitorization and managed to observe several individuals of two species of migratory birds:

6 Snow Bunting  (Plectrophenax nivalis)
12 Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Some of the resident birds that can be observed at the site are:

Azores Bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina)
Atlantic canary (Serinus canaria)
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
Azores Blackbird (Turdus merula azorensis)
Azores Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs moreletti)
Azores Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla atlantis)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea patriciae)

The Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) and the common-Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) apparently had an increase in the Graminhais plateau, possibly reflecting the work done by the Sustainable Laurel Life Project and the fact that the hunting was banned in this area.

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

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