June 5th is World Environment Day. This holiday is intended to draw the world’s attention to environmental issues and emphasizes the urgent need to change people’s attitudes to natural resources. Activists of the volunteer center organized an ornithological tour in the outskirts of Berehovo. We visited the reservoirs of the existing sand and gravel quarry, where we observed European bee-eater, a colony of sand martins, and a family of large grebes.
The rest of the time was spent at “Zaporizhzhyj Khutor”. Previously, this area was distinguished from others by a large number of shallow water bodies that attracted birds. Due to the low level of groundwater, many reservoirs have dried up or are completely overgrown with bushes. We did not manage to identify European penduline tits, there were less great reed warblers and sterna, and their number was decreased.
The birds were dominated by mallards, common moorhens, and great reed warblers. We were lucky to see small lesser spotted woodpeckers, a pair of common terns, a gray heron, a little bittern, and a common reed bunting. Cuckoos, which like to “parasitize” on the nests of warblers, showed how the songs of males and females differ. On the way back through the city, we saw greenfinches, serins, blackcaps, Eurasian collared doves, and woodpigeons.
The event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies – IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IERS