Issue 2020-2

Ornis Polonica 2020, 61: 71–87

Distribution and abundance of the European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus in the SPA Natura 2000 Wielki Sandr Brdy

Arkadiusz Sikora, Grzegorz Neubauer, Karolina Lubińska, Tomasz Chodkiewicz

The population size and distribution of the European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeusn were studied in 2018 in forests of the SPA Wielki Sandr Brdy (hereafter WSB, 371 km2, N Poland), dominated by the Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris. Two point counts were performed during night-time at 180 observation points located within 30 study plots of 2×2 km between late May and mid July. Nightjar males were recorded within all plots. Number of males was higher during the second survey. It was positively related to the area of young pine crops (aged 1–7 years) and negatively to the area of pine stands aged >80 years. The mean density was 1.20 males (95% confidence intervals: 0.95–1.44) per 100 ha of the forest area of WSB. During the second survey the mean density was 35% higher in managed forests of WSB than in the protected forests of WSB in the Bory Tucholskie National Park. Population size in the whole SPA was estimated at 267 males (95% confidence intervals: 223–329), roughly 3% of the national population, which makes WSB the eighth most important area for the species in Poland.

Key words: European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus, Tuchola Forest, Special Protection Area Natura 2000, managed forests, protected forests

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Ornis Polonica 2020, 61: 88–116

Changes in the breeding avifauna of Dolina Dolnej Skawy

Damian Wiehle

Abstract: This paper presents current breeding avifauna of the refugium located in the SPA Dolina Dolnej Skawy (PLB120005) in S Poland, and its changes across the last few decades. Dolina Dolnej Skawy hosts 23 bird species associated with fish ponds and former gravel pits. The refugium covers the area of 7,081.88 ha, and is located in Kotlina Oświęcimska (the Oświęcim Basin). In addition to systems of fish ponds, it encompasses a part of the lower Vistula River and its tributary, the Skawa, and some gravel pit reservoirs. The landscape is a forestless mosaic of intensively cultivated agrocenoses and ponds, dotted with villages and suburban infrastructure. The comparison of data from 2008–2018 and 1995–2002 revealed that populations of 28 species decreased or remained unchanged, while populations of 23 species increased between the two periods. The highest increase in population size has been observed for the Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans, the Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida, and the Gadwall Mareca strepera. Seven species no longer regularly nest in the area, i.e. the Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca, Black Tern Ch. niger, Common Gull L. canus, Yellow-legged Gull L. michahellis, Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus, Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa, and Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago. New species have appeared in the area, including three species nesting regularly (the Goosander Mergus merganser, Common Crane Grus grus, and Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea), two species nesting irregularly (the Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca and European Bee-eater Merops apiaster), and five species nesting occasionally (the Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea, Little Egret Egretta garzetta, Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis and Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola). Four factors causing the changes in the breeding avifauna of the refugium can be distinguished. The first factor is the limited production of fish for consumption in key local fisheries (Spytkowice, Przeręb, Bugaj, and Stawy Monowskie), resulting in the limited amount of available food during the breeding period (March–September). The second factor is the mass hunting of birds, which exterminates endangered species and negatively impacts all the protected species, especially Anseriformes, rails, terns and grebes. The third factor is the predation by the Red Fox Vulpes vulpes and the Raccoon Dog Nyctereutes procyonoides. The last factor is climate change resulting in the disappearance of snow cover and hence the shortage of water necessary for filling the ponds in early spring.

Key words: waterbirds, fish ponds, population trends, the Vistula and Skawa River, collective hunting, water shortage, climate change

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Ornis Polonica 2020, 61: 117–142

Rare birds recorded in Poland in 2019

Komisja Faunistyczna

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Ornis Polonica 2020, 61: 143–145

The first record of the Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii in Poland

Samuel Sosnowski, Szymon Czyżewski

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Ornis Polonica 2020, 61: 146–152

Wintering of the Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus in the urban areas of Bydgoszcz in 2017/2018

Andrzej Dylik

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