In the Exclusion Zone, a ringed black stork that previously traveled to the Czech Republic, Israel and Romania was spotted

Specialists of the Ukrainian Center for the Study of Carnivorous Birds, during the surveillance of birds in the Exclusion Zone, took photo of a black stork (Ciconia nigra), which was sitting on an electric pillar. In a detailed review of the photos, a ring with a number on the stork’s foot was noticed. Employees of the center made a request to the Ukrainian Center for the Ringing of Birds of the Institute of Zoology named after І.І. Shmalgauzen of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and subsequently received a reply from colleagues from the Czech Republic.

It turned out that this bird was ringed on June 19, 2010, near the city of Znojmo (Czech Republic), which is located on the left bank of the river Thaya, not far from the border with Austria. After three months (September 24, 2010), it was noticed in the Beit She’an valley in northern Israel, where the bird probably turned to rest during autumn migration to African countries. The next time it was noticed on 1 April 2015 at the fish ponds in the Harghita County (Romania). And, finally, on August 5, 2017, this same bird was recorded in the breeding season on the territory of the Exclusion Zone, not far from the railway station Yaniv.

“Information obtained through the use of tagging of birds with rings is incredibly important for understanding the ways and the timing of their migration, resettlement, changes in numbers, life expectancy, causes of death, as well as for studying the ways of transmitting of parasites and pathogens by birds”, - Ihor Chyzhevsky, a leading engineer in production preparation in Department of Production Issues and International Projects of the SSE “EcoCenter”, said.

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