End of the 2013 Autumn Raptor Count in Georgia

BRC’s monitoring of migrating raptors autumn 2013 is over! Yesterday, the 16th of October, was the final day of our monitoring program. In total, from both count stations together 1.229.199 raptors were counted this fall. This might be a new season record, although the data is not filtered yet on double counts.

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After the strong flight in the first days of October, that made the count surpass the million, migration slowed down. The volunteers were treated with more slow paced migration, and had plenty of time to enjoy the different eagles. Especially the Imperial eagles migrated quite late this year. Strikingly, Steppe Buzzards waited for the last day to outnumber Honey Buzzards. This year we counted 445.084 of them. And as it was a last day present, a Golden Eagle flew over station two. An detailed season overview will follow soon.

big word of thanks should go to all people that contributed to this count. All this would not have been possible without the many volunteers that engaged themselves to work long days at the count stations. Especially to our three count coordinators Simon Cavailles, Clement Rollant and Rafael Benjumea. Respect for their day to day motivation, keeping up a high quality  count the full two months!  Special thanks to Amelie Armand, Daniel Towers, Florian Jacobs and Romain Riols, who assisted us during almost the entire season and were the backbone of our count team. Of course, a project like this stands out due to its meticulous preparation. Many thanks to Arthur Green, who was instrumental in setting up the monitoring, tuned the protocol and did a tremendous job selecting and communicating with the count volunteer team. Thanks to Dries Engelen, who took care of the practical preparation as an intern and his help during the first days of the count. And of course, big thanks to all others who volunteered in the count: Iva Sostaric, Bilgecan ?en, Pelin Yalç?no?lu, Matthias Lehmann, Claire Stavaux, Filip Collet, Wouter van Pelt, Rasmus Elleby, Zackarias Svensson, Albert de Jong, Simon Vyncke, Paul French, Aki Aintila, Dieter Coelembier, Kalle Meller, Jan Ranson, Csaba Tölgyesi,Marius Karlonas, Fabian Binard, Filiep T’jollyn, Jeroen Bossens, Olivier Dochy, Rien van  Wijk, David Herman, Vladislav Rudovskiy, Johannes Silvonen, Birgen Haest, Joachim Bouwmeester and Irene Jiménez.

We much appreciated all the work of the host families where we were accommodated, thank you Ruslan, Nuri, Etheri, Merabi and all other family members. They have supported our count logistically in many ways, and were invaluable for our success.  And many thanks to all sponsors and grants who have made this season possible!
Totals 2013
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Batumi – Saghalvasho
Wednesday 16 October 2013  

Counting period: 7:45 – 18:10
Count type: Storks and raptors
Weather: Sunny and smily day
Observers: Clément ‘Tonton’ Rollant, Simon Cavaillès, Irene Jiménez, Joachim Bouwmeester
Honey Buzzard 17 Steppe Buzzard 56
Black Kite 165 Greater Spotted Eagle 1
Short-toed Eagle 3 Steppe Eagle 4
Marsh Harrier 5 Imperial Eagle 2
Hen Harrier 1 Lesser Spotted / Greater Spotted / Steppe Eagle 1
Hen/Montagu’s/Pallid Harrier 2 Booted Eagle 3
Totals: 260 individuals, 12 species, 10:25 hoursBold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)
Comments: BRC 2013 fall is over ! Thank you to all people that participated, see you next year ! Additional species : 1 White-tailed Eagle going north

3 comments to End of the 2013 Autumn Raptor Count in Georgia

  • nirofo

    That’s a magnificent number, it’s a good job they don’t have to fly over the UK on their migration, if they did they would probably suffer the same fate as the Raptors that fly over Malta !!!

    • Terry Pickford

      Don’t forget they would suffer the same fate as any raptor that has the misfortune to fly over the Forest of Bowland.

      • nirofo

        Good point, but I think that actually being shot is the lesser of the worries for Bowland Raptors. Unexplained disappearances, nesting interference by noddies who think they know what they are doing, and blind eyes turned by our so-called environment protection agencies have a far more sinister effect on the well being of our once magnificent birds of prey.