Eva Stets - 2009-04-11 18:23:12

Our White storks from "Close to Storks" project - you can visit the website www.bociany.ec.pl

The nest is in Przygodzice village in Poland in South Wielkopolska region and the pair of our white storks' we call "Przygoda" and "Dziedzic".
It is the result of Internet voting of Forum participants. Female name, Przygoda, means "Adventure" in Poland. Dziedzic (male name) means "Landlord" or "Landowner". It is connected with great manor farm of Radziwiłł Princes, which gate are 30 meters from the nest.
PRZYGOda + dzieDZIC = plus minus PRZYGODZICE :)

I hope you will have nice time and nice observations.
Eva Stets

Eva Stets - 2009-04-11 20:49:37

About our project you can read by pdf article from the book "White Stork in Poland". The author of the text is Paweł T. Dolata - "Close to Storks" project co-ordinator:
http://www.pwg.otop.org.pl/pdf/stork_dolata1.pdf

Dolata P. T. 2006. “Close to Storks” – a project of on-line monitoring of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia nest and potential use of on-line monitoring in education and research. In: Tryjanowski P., Sparks T. H., Jerzak L. (red.). The White Stork in Poland: studies in biology, ecology and conservation. Bogucki Wyd. Nauk., Poznań: 437-448.

regards
Eva Stets
PwG OTOP, HOS-Hellas

Eva Stets - 2009-04-11 20:56:42

Mrs Marina Parha and Mr George J. Reclos, the webmasters of portal MCH translate from Greek my reports for 2009 about our storks at portal MCH (http://www.mchportal.com/)

My small text in English about storks' from Przygodzice and some photos from the last days you can read and see at MCH portal:
http://www.mchportal.com/mch-land-mainm … -2009.html

regards
Eva Stets
PwG OTOP, HOS-Hellas

Damka_Pik - 2009-04-12 18:45:45

Although no one expected it so early, yesterday evening female laid her first egg; it was noticed on 11th April at 22:07.

Those who have not followed events in the nest during last days should know that the first stork that arrived on 6th April was a female. Two days later, on 8th April, a male stork joined her. The egg was laid then three days after male’s arrival and, of course, the first mating. It is rather unlikely that the laid egg was fertilized by him. Now, one can only speculate – whether the current male wasn’t her first mate, or the egg is simply non-fertilized. Time will show if the chick hatches from this egg.

Damka_Pik - 2009-04-13 23:13:07

13th April 2009, 22:10:53 - The second egg laid!

Video link


The above as well as three earlier videos can be found in the thread "Filmiki z gniazda" ("Short films from the nest"):

http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 429#p13429

Su - 2009-04-15 00:20:20

It is unbelievable! Already the second egg in such a short time! Who would have expected? I am curious, how much still follow.

Thanks for sharing the video. :)

Damka_Pik - 2009-04-15 21:21:45

15th April, 2009 - We have the third egg! :)

The first presentation took place at 19:49:54. Unfortunately, today I missed a little bit and I have no record of that moment.
I recorded the second show, few minutes later, when dad came back and took over care of the triplets (below). We expect the next egg will be laid on 17th April evening. :)

Video

Few first pics of three eggs are here: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 538#p13538

Su - 2009-04-17 20:31:57

Isn't it great?
Just to the minute the fourth egg appeared?

She is really hardworking!

Damka_Pik - 2009-04-17 21:24:55

17th April 2009 - Fourth egg at 19:57 !


Yes, it's wonderful, Su!  She is very punctual! :applause:


Videos:

- Egg laying

- Fourth egg show

Su - 2009-04-19 21:32:36

  :( No fifth egg! :(

But four chicks, if all will be healthy and grow up,
are enough work for the parents.

Su - 2009-04-19 22:02:52

Typically for me - I cannot be waiting!!!
:D Now it's enough, i think.

I hope, all will hatch and fledge.

Damka_Pik - 2009-04-20 00:15:03

19 April 2009, 21:54 - fifth egg ! :good:

Pictures of five eggs here:

http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 854#p13854


It's really enough, .... but who knows? ;)

Last year we had also five eggs, all hatched, but the youngest chick had not survived. The remaining four storklets were very well fed and all fledged succesfully. But for parents it was a big effort, they were very concerned about their children, and at the end of the season both were quite thin.

Paweł T. Dolata - 2009-04-24 09:37:16

A short news from „Teleskop” program of  Polish TVP Channel 3 Poznań from 22nd April about „Close to Storks” project and about stork named Agressor, which attacked monitored nest on Sunday (19th April), was beatten by the male (= Dziedzic) and was injured during unfortunatelly falling on the roof under the nest.
After veterinary (Dr. Stanisław Kempa) help (anibiotics etc.) and feeding it, we try to release it, but it has serious problem with the wing and is unable to fly. Now is on rehabilitation in Dr. Kempa's garden.

http://ww6.tvp.pl/780,20090422901165.strona

You must click on the words Pobierz nagranie under the photo.

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
project co-ordinator

Paweł T. Dolata - 2009-04-24 10:21:12

Three photos of Aggressor stork, from 19th and 21st April:

http://www.pwg.otop.org.pl/index.php?fu … all&no=184

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
project co-ordinator

Damka_Pik - 2009-04-25 22:22:53

Last year, when our website www.bociany.ec.pl appeared in international ranking of “Fat Birder’s Top 500 Website”, from the first days of our transmission from Przygodzice White Stork Nest we had achieved a very high position, and on 2nd June, 2008, even the first place among all worldwide web pages!

High position has been maintained for a long time, breaking the records of “traffic” time.

This year the audience ratings again are very good. On 15th April (the day of the 3rd egg laying), we achieved third position, maintaining it for several days, and then slightly dropping to the 4th position.

This is indeed very good result, taking into account that about 1000 pages from all over the world participate in this ranking!  :)

Today, we take the fourth place and we hope that, as in the previous year, soon we will place higher.

http://images43.fotosik.pl/111/7536eb4c4a149020m.jpg           http://images49.fotosik.pl/111/81fea7b8b7035cd9m.jpg

Su - 2009-04-26 22:51:48

Hello you all,

Thank you for all the information and links.
It's all very interesting.

What about the injured stork? I hope, he is better, in the meantime, again.

Eva Stets - 2009-05-08 18:26:37

Hi everybody!

Last days, it was a quiet time in Przygodzice. The storks are doing well and soon small chicks will appear. As you know, the first egg was laid on 11th April, 2009. Usually, hatching begins after 33-34 days. So, it will happen soon  :) . 

Meanwhile, you can still enjoy our two storks taking careful care of their eggs for a couple of days.

Best regards
Eva Stets
PwG OTOP

Damka_Pik - 2009-05-15 23:47:51

15th May, 2009

Today, two chicks hatched !!!
:good:

From yesterday evening holes were clearly visible in two eggs. This morning one shell began to crack, and few hours later the second one too. Finally, the first chick definitively left its shell at 15:15 video 1, and the second at 15:34 video 2 .

Photos of chicks' hatching you can find here:
http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 890#p14890 and here:
http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … id=411&p=1

More videos here

Now, we are waitig for the third chick. :)

Su - 2009-05-16 14:07:57

I am really surprised about the tempo in which these storks  builds up their family.
Three fledglings in two days, this is unbelievable, I think, I have never experienced this before.

Hopefully everything will go on so easily.

Damka_Pik - 2009-05-17 01:19:33

16th May, 2009

We were also surprised but very happy that family of our storks is growing so fast. :)
The third chick completely liberated itself from the rest of the shell at 14:45: video

More videos here: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 043#p15043

Magdalena Zamielska - 2009-05-17 11:52:53

Movie presents adult stork, three young storks and two eggs

http://s643.photobucket.com/albums/uu15 … a-Stor.flv

Damka_Pik - 2009-05-18 16:21:16

18 May 2009 - We have already four chicks! :good:

The stork family has grown of the fourth small storklet at 15:35.
Videos below:

Half-hatched (15:05)

The Fourth Chick Hatched ! :)

Eva Stets - 2009-05-19 17:14:01

Few more nice videos of our four small storks you can see here:

http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 247#p15247

Damka_Pik - 2009-05-21 01:45:14

20th May 2009 - 08:29 Hatching completed - we have five beautiful storklets !!! :D

It was really hard to see the fifth chick in that fluffed ball. The chicks were still very busy and blocked out each other . :)

Some videos here.

Eva Stets - 2009-05-24 02:29:31

From 30 April 2009 in website of Hellenic Wildlife Hospital website (EKPAZ) (http://www.ekpazp.gr/multi158/ ) - is a short my article about our storks. The text is in Greek and in English.

The links is:

http://www.ekpazp.gr/multi158/index.php … =2&lang=el

http://www.ekpazp.gr/multi158/index.php … =2&lang=en

Regards
Eva Stets
PwG OTOP, HOS-Hellas

Eva Stets - 2009-05-24 02:41:50

In blog Nature in Greece (http://nagr.blogspot.com/), where the most info and photos presents the Greek Nature - you can read (in English) article about our project with the title: White Stork nest in Poland in Internet – “Close to Storks” project.

The author of text is Paweł T. Dolata, „Close to Storks” project coordinator.

The link is: http://nagr.blogspot.com/2009/05/white-stork.html

Best regards
Eva Stets
PwG OTOP, HOS-Hellas

Su - 2009-05-24 09:47:48

I am a little worried about the youngest chick, it is so tiny.
Hopefully it gets enough feed.

Zbychur - 2009-05-29 11:44:00

Since few weeks visitor map shows the ip location of visitors watching our storks on www.bociany.ec.pl Visitors activity is displayed weekly. During this time visitors from 70 countries in all continents were visiting the page and the nest, even from Barbados, Mauritius, Philippines, Peru… :)

Since 27th May 2009 “Flag Counter” displays countries where the visitors come from and the total number of visitors from each country. Clicking on the image you can find some other useful information.
Enjoy!

Damka_Pik - 2009-05-30 02:57:04

29 May, 2009

We have only four chicks. The youngest baby lose its struggle for life. :(  It was too weak to withstand the competition of siblings. It wasn't favoured by weather too, in the last two days rain and low temperatures.

Videos here .

Damka_Pik - 2009-06-02 22:11:12

Two days later, on Sunday, May 31st, the second chick died. :( 
It was probably the chick that hatched on 16 May, but we are not sure. We don’t know what the cause of his death was. So, only three small storks remained.

A short video by Renia  here.

Damka_Pik - 2009-06-02 22:30:35

Yesterday, on the 1st June, the second drama was very close to happen, which, fortunately, had been avoided. Late afternoon, at 17:25, mum brought to the nest a long, thin patch of skin poultry. Two chicks tried to eat the skin strip, each from the other end. None of them could take the remaining part from the other, or to cough up the part that was stuck in his throat. In this way, the chicks were joined together for more than two and a half hours and there existed a serious threat of suffocation.

Pawel Dolata and Wojtek Kaźmierczak, helped by the firefighters with their fire engine equipped with lift, carried out very rapid rescue action at 20:00. Pawel and Wojtek entered into the nest and two chicks got relief from the unfortunate food. They also have removed the dead chick from the nest. Three chicks were weighed and measured, and then got delicacies - chicken livers and hearts - straight to the little beaks. Mother waited on the roof a few meters next to the nest. Shortly after the rescue team left the nest, she returned to the little storks and after few minutes she started to heat her babies. They were chilled and wet because of rain and not too high temperatures.

Several films of these events can be found here. Unfortunately, it was not possible to record a major part of the rescue action due to inability to connect to the server, because of a very large number of entries in that time.

The pictures of the rescue action can be seen in the special theme 'Akcja ratownicza bocianów z Przygodzic'.

Damka_Pik - 2009-06-04 21:38:49

Correction to the post above !

As suggested by veterinarians, and confirmed the butcher – a long object sticking in the throats of two chicks, it was the pig's intestine.
The parent likely brought it from boneyard, where someone irresponsible threw it out. :wkurzony:

Damka_Pik - 2009-06-11 02:38:34

According to our every year tradition - it is time to start the NAMING CONTEST for our storklets ! :)


Every forum member can announce his/her proposal of names for our three young storks in the thread below:

http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 772#p16772


When giving your proposals, please take into account the following principles:

– the names for three storklets should be put in one post, and only once;

– a justification for the names’ choice will be well seen;

– deadline for proposals’ submission will pass after a few days (exact date will be given in advance, additionally);

– after this date a questionnaire containing the names’ proposals selected by the "Close to Storks" Project Team from among all proposals will be presented;

names that will receive the largest number of votes, win.


You are welcome to participate in our fun ! :)



PwG OTOP “Close to Storks” Project Team

Damka_Pik - 2009-06-15 23:28:22

On behalf of 'Close to Storks' Project Team and referring to my previous post about the NAMING CONTEST for our three young storks, I would like to inform that the deadline for submission of proposals of the names expires on 17th June.

Until then, i.e., over the next two days, new proposals can be submitted.

After selecting the names by 'Close to Storks' Project Team, a Questionnaire will be presented, where everyone can vote for three names. The storklets will receive the names which have the largest number of votes.

For the time being, however, we still invite to submit new names’ proposals. :)

Damka_Pik - 2009-06-20 02:41:21

You can vote (after logging in) on up to three names for our young storks, selected from among those most frequently proposed clicking on the link below:

http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewpoll.php?id=448  :)

When you choose the names that you like the most, please, click on "Potwierdź" ("Confirm").

The deadline for voting is midnight on Monday 22 June.

Damka_Pik - 2009-06-23 23:04:56

Our Naming Contest ended! :)


Three names that have received the largest number of votes, from among ten names selected by the project team, are:

     Zosia,  the oldest storklet (57 votes, 25.45%)

     Barycz,  the second storklet (33 votes, 14.73%)

     Czwartak,  the youngest storklet (45 votes, 20.01%)


Total votes: 224.

Paweł T. Dolata - 2009-06-25 08:41:07

Hi!

In the next few days we want to ring and measure our storks. We are waiting for the special car with the „crane” from Volounteer Fire Brigade from Przygodzice.

About detail time of this action we will inform on this forum and on www.bociany.ec.pl page.
best regards

Paweł T. Dolata
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (PwG OTOP)
coordinator of „Close to Storks” PwG OTOP project

Paweł T. Dolata - 2009-06-25 08:50:28

I think that it will be interesting for foreigners what these names means in Polish :):

- Zosia (Zofia) is traditional Polish name for girl, Zofia's day is 15th May, when first two nestlings (Zosia and Barycz) hatched.

- Barycz is the name of the river (tributary to Odra) with the springs near Przygodzice, their wet meadows are feeding our stork. Barycz Valley is the biggest Landscape Park in Poland, Important Bird Area and Special Protected Area of Natura2000 ecological network.

- Czwartak means the fourth nestling (according to the time of birth from all 5 hatched), but it was also the name for very brave and famous soldiers of 4th Infantry Regiment during November Uprising against tsar's Russia in 1830-1831.

greetings
Paweł T. Dolata

Damka_Pik napisał:

Our Naming Contest ended! :)


Three names that have received the largest number of votes, from among ten names selected by the project team, are:

     Zosia,  the oldest storklet (57 votes, 25.45%)

     Barycz,  the second storklet (33 votes, 14.73%)

     Czwartak,  the youngest storklet (45 votes, 20.01%)


Total votes: 224.

Eva Stets - 2009-06-27 23:28:48

Hi, everyone, once more!
 
Our three young storks: Zosia, Barycz, and Czwartak, had beed ringed on the 27 June, 2009. The ringing action started shortly after 12:00 AM (CET). It could be carried thanks to the help of the local volunteer fire-fighting unit, which agreed to share their car (together with the crew) with the special “crane”. However, there was a danger that the fire engine may be mired down in the wet meadow ground, because for many days there were heavy rains in Poland. But, fortunately, everything went smoothly.

The project coordinator, Pawel T. Dolata, who is also the professional bird ringer, approached to the nest on the crane and took down all storklets. Just before that, the parent gone on the nearby roof and from there watched the event.

On the ground storks were weighed, measured (beaks and wings), and then black-white rings, ELSA type, were attached to their legs over knees. Ringing has been done on the ground under the nest, because it is safer for young storks, and it is much easier to check if any dangerous things there are in the nest - strings, fishing line, etc. When all these operations were completed, storklets had been taken to the nest again, and for some time they still played to be "dead". The action lasted 31 minutes, and after next 25 minutes adult stork joined the children.

Videos  here .

Some photos you can see here (page 1 and 2): http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 632#p17632

From several days all three storklets actively exercise their wings preparing for their first flights. Time passes quickly and soon they begin to fly, and in the first decade of August they leave the nest to fly to Africa.

Welcome to watch them with us on http://www.bociany.ec.pl/ !

Best regards
Eva Stets & Damka_Pik

Su - 2009-06-30 13:18:46


Hello to everybody,

Beautiful names, the meaning very well explained. The best choice!

Unfortunately, I have missed ringing, but thankfully there are videos of ' 'our large little ones'.

Paweł T. Dolata - 2009-07-16 09:43:52

Hi!

The last two nights (14/15 and 15/16 July) we have very strange and interesting situation – one adult, alien stork male spent these nights on the monitored nest in Przygodzice, together with 3 our nestlings, when both their adults stayed all the nights on the neighbouring chimney, their normal summer roosting place. In both mornings alien stork flow away from the nest in early morning (15.7 on 4.12 am, 16.7 on 4.40 am), after attacks of young and adult storks.

According to the ELSA type ornithological ring number (resighted by the telescope this morning by Janina Bartuzi, Wojtek Kaźmierczak and me), we know that alien stork is an adult stork called „Aggressor” with interesting story – it unsuccessfully attacked our nest in April, after the beatting by one of our adults  and falling on the roof under the nest was injured in the breast and wing. After veterinary consultation by Vet. Dr Stanisław Kempa and a first trying of releasing, „Aggressor” spend two weeks of rehabilitation on the garden od Dr Kempa in Ostrów Wielkopolski town (ca 8 km N from Przygodzice), with two other storks unable to fly. Dr Kempa is delivering them the food, but they are free in the garden. „Aggressor” flow away itself from the garden on 15th May.

As we see, he return to Przygodzice nest as the „Guest” more than „Aggressor” now :)

Let's observe our nest this night, maybe Guest/Aggressor will come to the nest too!

Best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
PwG OTOP

Eva Stets - 2009-07-18 14:02:31

Few more words to last Pawel post (read up the story with the strange stork):

The Aggressor don't come the last two nights to our nest. We cannot to know if the strange stork will come back again (but it is possible).

In short video - you can see, how the youngs throw the stranger from the nest at 16 July: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccBWnqEJaCw

(video by Damka_Pik)

Regards
Eva Stets

Su - 2009-07-19 16:37:27

Hello Eva, hello Pawel and hello each other,

This is really a very interesting and unusually story.

For me, I did not notice that it is a strange stork sitting there in the nest.
Is it perhaps possible that this stork has hatched earlier itself in this nest or has been born there years ago?

Eva Stets - 2009-07-19 18:47:58

Hello to everybody!

From this what I know from Pawel I can say that the Aggressor is adult (2nd calenday year, full read bill and legs) and male (length of bill 195 mm on 19th April).
It is not hatched in monitored nest, during 10 or 12 last seasons - all nestlings here was ringed - moreover, allmost all nestlings all that time, from any nest in victinity (at least 10 km from the nest), near Ostrów Wielkopolski district (1176 sq. km) were ringed by Pawel Dolata.
So, that bird must be immigrant from outsiede.

Best regards
Eva Stets

Su napisał:

Hello Eva, hello Pawel and hello each other,

This is really a very interesting and unusually story.

For me, I did not notice that it is a strange stork sitting there in the nest.
Is it perhaps possible that this stork has hatched earlier itself in this nest or has been born there years ago?

Eva Stets - 2009-07-20 22:43:20

Hi one more time!

19 July 2009, after 12.00 PM we note our storks to fly for first time. It was really a short time flight, but the bird was out from the nest more than 2 minutes.
For longer time flights we are waiting day by day to see slowly all the storks to fly and after...empty nest.
Enjoy them in: http://www.bociany.ec.pl  as they are stil in the nest.

Best regards
Eva Stets 

P.S.
1 - Some photos from the initial flights you can see here: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 422#p18422
2 - On 19 July the Aggressor came at the evening but one from the parents throw him out quickly immediately.

Damka_Pik - 2009-09-16 11:31:36

MCH napisał:

Secondly, we are a bit perplexed about the 'Aggressor' (we started liking this bird more and more, the more we see him). Why does he keep returning to the nest? Why did the parents and the youngsters let him stay in for two nights, then threw him out in the morning?

Probably, nobody knows the true answer on these questions. ;)
I think ... perhaps the fight in the night would be too risky for all of storks, and it was better to wait until dawn??? I don't know. :rolleyes:

Damka_Pik - 2009-09-16 11:34:50

Here are a few (late, due to holidays travels) infos about some significant events of the end of the 2009 season.


   19th July – the first flight of one of the young storks.

   25th July – all the storklets were flying (the nest was empty for a longer time).

   1st and 2nd August – the meeting (rally) of enthusiasts of storks was held in Przygodzice, in which, in addition to the organizers and speakers, many storks’ fans from different parts of  Poland participated. Below, a link to the gallery PWG OTOP, where one can see photos from the rally: http://www.pwg.otop.org.pl/galeria/gale … 00&start=0

   9th August – early morning two young storks were seen in the nest for the last time. Then, they probably joined other youngsters from    various local nests gathering somewhere on the meadow in a large group before leaving for Africa.

   25th August – at 7:51 male stork, Dziedzic, flew away; his mate, Przygoda, started her migration two days earlier, on 23 August.

Damka_Pik - 2010-03-26 17:13:12

Welcome to the new season 2010 of the "Close-to-Storks" Project.


In the evening, on March 24, a couple of storks came to our nest - some days earlier than in previous seasons. :)

One of the storks has a black ring above the right knee. At the first mating, which occured very quickly, it turned out that the ringed stork is a male. This is certainly not a male from the previous year, who had no ring.

It is possible that the new male is an “Aggressor”, who last year tried to take over the nest (unsuccessfully). In the struggle he was injured (fortunately not too seriously), and he could not fly. Local vet cured and released him after several days. During convalescence of the stork Pawel T. Dolata ringed him above the right knee with a black ring "ELSA"-type (as distinct from the young storks, which are usually ringed above the left knees). Two times more the same intruder appeared in the nest to spend the night together with the frightened young storks; in that time they were almost ready to fly. For some reason, he delighted this nest especially.

But as long as the ring is not read, we can not be absolutely sure that this is the same stork.

Pictures of our two storks as well as short videos can be seen here and here


It seems that the new couple decided to stay in our nest for the present breeding season.

We invite everyone to observe events in our stork-nest on our website: www.bociany.ec.pl .

Eva Stets - 2010-03-28 06:10:26

Last year our website www.bociany.ec.pl appeared in international ranking of “Birding Top 1000” a very high position.

This year We "start" with our storks also very good. On 27 March 2010, we achieved fourth position.
This is indeed very good result, taking into account that more than 1000 pages from all over the world participate in this ranking!  :)

We hope that, as in the previous years, soon we will place higher.

Best regards
Eva Stets

http://www.fototube.pl/pix/img10/org/d41d837eab173150dd9d5bf1dfbb3355.jpg

Paweł T. Dolata - 2010-04-05 17:45:25

Hi!

We have two eggs in the nest in Przygodzice:
- the first egg was observed for the first time on 1st April, 21:28 (not a joke for Prima Aprilis! :), see fresh photos on http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … id=484&p=4
- the second one was observed for the first time on 3rd April, 21:26, see photos on
http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … id=483&p=2

The third egg is expected today’s evening – see on www.bociany.ec.pl! :)

Greetings
Paweł T. Dolata
PwG OTOP

Paweł T. Dolata - 2010-04-05 21:26:54

Hi!

After resighting of the ELSA ring number by the telescope on 27th March, I have a 100% sure, that our new male is last-year bird called "Aggressor" ringed as adult by me (ELSA tarsus ring) last spring after unsuccessful attack for this nest and previous owners, see my post from 16.07.2009 on http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … id=393&p=3 and information of Damka_Pik below - interesting, dramatic story with a happy end :-))

Now Aggressor is Possesor :-))

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
PwG OTOP
www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl

Damka_Pik napisał:

Welcome to the new season 2010 of the "Close-to-Storks" Project.

In the evening, on March 24, a couple of storks came to our nest - some days earlier than in previous seasons. :)

One of the storks has a black ring above the right knee. At the first mating, which occured very quickly, it turned out that the ringed stork is a male. This is certainly not a male from the previous year, who had no ring.

It is possible that the new male is an “Aggressor”, who last year tried to take over the nest (unsuccessfully). In the struggle he was injured (fortunately not too seriously), and he could not fly. Local vet cured and released him after several days. During convalescence of the stork Pawel T. Dolata ringed him above the right knee with a black ring "ELSA"-type (as distinct from the young storks, which are usually ringed above the left knees). Two times more the same intruder appeared in the nest to spend the night together with the frightened young storks; in that time they were almost ready to fly. For some reason, he delighted this nest especially.

But as long as the ring is not read, we can not be absolutely sure that this is the same stork.

Pictures of our two storks as well as short videos can be seen here and here


It seems that the new couple decided to stay in our nest for the present breeding season.

We invite everyone to observe events in our stork-nest on our website: www.bociany.ec.pl .

Eva Stets - 2010-04-11 04:17:18

More news about eggs in Przygodzice nest :) :

- The 3rd egg has been noticed on 5 April 2010, 20:50
Some photos you can see here:  http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 704#p22704

- The 4th egg has been noticed on 7 April 2010, 21:37
Some pictures you can see on:    http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 871#p22871

Short videos you can see in our forum on: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 791#p22791

- The 5th egg has been noticed on 9 April 2010, 23:53

Photos and video you can see on: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … id=480&p=3
http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 067#p23067

Is good to say, that the day (3 April 2010), when the 2nd egg was obserwed in our site was in 3th position in international ranking of “Birding Top 1000” :

http://www.fototube.pl/pix/img1/org/d41d8cb02a0db0c7e71d0278e2c5b072.jpg

We wish you to have nice time with our storks on www.bociany.ec.pl

Best regards
Eva Stets
PwG OTOP

Paweł T. Dolata napisał:

Hi!

We have two eggs in the nest in Przygodzice:
- the first egg was observed for the first time on 1st April, 21:28 (not a joke for Prima Aprilis! :), see fresh photos on http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … id=484&p=4
- the second one was observed for the first time on 3rd April, 21:26, see photos on
http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … id=483&p=2

The third egg is expected today’s evening – see on www.bociany.ec.pl! :)

Greetings
Paweł T. Dolata
PwG OTOP

Paweł T. Dolata - 2010-04-11 13:43:27

Hello!

On Czech website, but in English also, since yesterday you can find detailed story of our new male called "Aggressor", ringed as adult by me (ELSA tarsus ring) last spring after unsuccessful attack for this nest and previous owners:

http://www.vcpcso.cz/index.php?option=c … ti&lang=en

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
PwG OTOP
www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl

Eva Stets - 2010-04-27 04:20:43

Thank you Judie for your nice words and welcome in our forum. Is nice to read…that you like to read all the English part here :).

About your question for the chicks: we can wait the young’s storks hatching 33-35 days after when the 1st egg was laying.
For example years before was:
2006 – The 1st chick was hatched after 34 days, 2007 – after 35 days, 2008 – after 35 and 2009 – after 34 days.

This year the 1st egg was laying on 1 April, so as you can see – the date to see the small storks is near.

Regards
Eva Stets

JudieW napisał:

Hello I am new to the storks and this forum..I have been reading all the past information and am excitedly looking forward to the storks hatching. Eva thank you for telling me about this forum and helping me fine the English...it is so kind of you to translate so we who only speak english can share and treasure the storks as well

Judie

Eva Stets - 2010-05-01 06:58:43

As I write up the young's will hatching 33-35 days after when the 1st egg was laying, so it can be from 3-6 May for the first chick.
Until this nice moment we have to wait and see what will happen

We wish you good observations on  www.bociany.ec.pl  :)

Down - some photos with nice moments from our nest on 1st May morning:

http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/y7ps7e2ggpa4pfkyw4e8_thumb.jpg  http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/8bn7ogdfmlz7iyeb87_thumb.jpg  http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/fn1kj4mxw7a9tli2yund_thumb.jpg

Eva Stets - 2010-05-03 04:32:27

Thank you Judie. Yes, this ranking is for pages with any kind of birds (not only storks) and now there is more than 1000 pages. Also I must to say, that the day (3 April 2010), when the 2nd egg was obserwed, our site was in 3th position :). You can read about in my post from 11 April here: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 093#p23093

Regards
Eva Stets

JudieW napisał:

Eva is this pages for storks or any kind of bird? Congratulations on the 4th place. Out of a 1000 that is so good...
Judie

Eva Stets napisał:

Last year our website www.bociany.ec.pl appeared in international ranking of “Birding Top 1000” a very high position.

This year We "start" with our storks also very good. On 27 March 2010, we achieved fourth position.
This is indeed very good result, taking into account that more than 1000 pages from all over the world participate in this ranking!  :)

We hope that, as in the previous years, soon we will place higher.

Best regards
Eva Stets

http://www.fototube.pl/pix/img10/org/d4 … bb3355.jpg

Eva Stets - 2010-05-06 05:39:33

6 May 2010, 4.08 morning - The first chick hatched :)

Some first photos you can see here: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 868#p23868

Short video with the moment, when we observed for the first time our first chick is here: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 870#p23870

Now we will waiting for the second chick, which must come soon.

Regards
Eva Stets

Damka_Pik - 2010-05-06 15:17:15

Eva Stets napisał:

6 May 2010, 4.08 morning - The first chick hatched :)

Some first photos you can see here: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 868#p23868

Short video with the moment, when we observed for the first time our first chick is here: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 870#p23870

Now we will waiting for the second chick, which must come soon.

Regards
Eva Stets

*
A few hours later, on May 6 about 12:35, the second chick looked at the world, although partially it still remained in its shell.  :)

So, two chicks hatched on the same day. A similar situation occurred in 2006, 2008, and 2009. This is due to the fact that storks start incubation after the second egg appears, thus shortening the time distance between the hatching of chicks.

Pictures of two chicks can be seen here, and short videos here.

Eva Stets - 2010-05-07 07:00:23

7 May 2010 early morning and we are waiting for the 3th stork chick. On the two photos you can see two small end one from the eggs with some little "hole" / "shadow"...

The 3th small stork will come soon (I hope) :)

http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/d39ox461wuvi98pysntq_thumb.jpg  http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/lvzob0a7l5ncdkcxph4o_thumb.jpg

Eva Stets - 2010-05-07 16:45:13

7 May 2010, after 14.00h The third chick has hatched :)

You can see some photos and videos here:

1 - photos: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … id=494&p=2

2 - videos:  http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 009#p24009

Best regards
Eva Stets

Eva Stets - 2010-05-08 20:01:48

8th of May, the fourth chick has been hatched. We had not much opportunity to watch hatching as the egg was covered up by the other three chicks.
Now we are looking forward to the hatching of the fifth egg.

Some pictures and videos from 8 May you can see on:

http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 058#p24058

http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 119#p24119

Best regards
Eva Stets

Eva Stets - 2010-05-09 06:03:35

9 May, early morning we are waiting now for the 5th and the last chick. On the photo you can see on the 5th egg small  little "hole" / "shadow", so we hope to see soon the another small.

Let's see it together on www.bociany.ec.pl

http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/w5oh5kj3qisj6i46ubx8_thumb.jpg

Best regards
Eva Stets

Eva Stets - 2010-05-11 06:46:00

11 May 2010 - very early in the mornig the 5th stork baby has hatched.

Here you can see a few pictures: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 256#p24256

And here a short video:  http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 261#p24261

So, now let's watch as they grow. Welcome at our website: www.bociany.ec.pl

http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/qqu8fl24xkewsvow4kbs_thumb.jpg

Best regards to all
Eva Stets

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Eva Stets - 2010-05-14 21:17:14

The news from our nest is not so good... 
13th May we lost one from the chicks (the younger) and 14th May the second.

We hope that the another 3 small storks survive.

Videos with the sad moments you can see on:  http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 445#p24445

On the picture, one of the parents, dirty and wet from the rain, trying to keep warm his youngs.

http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/8kntsq01qzbyz52wd93l_thumb.jpg

Eva Stets - 2010-05-18 23:03:35

17 May 2010 was a more sad day for all who care about the nest in Przygodzice. We lost our all chicks...


More you can read:

in English: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNew … 28247.html

in French:
http://www.lemonde.fr/depeches/2010/05/ … 82396.html

http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/monde/story/11842953

http://www.tele-animaux.com/actualite,i … :7074.html

Videos what happen is here: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 639#p24639


The adults come back at night (18 May) to the nest.
Only one, what is sure - the help from coordinator of the project, Mr Pawel T. Dolata was all what we can do.

This is Nature sometime and here the winner was the bad weather...

Best regards
Eva

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Damka_Pik - 2010-05-20 12:35:33

Rowens7755 napisał:

Hello everyone,

My wife and I watch the storks from Lexington, Kentucky. USA

We watched with great interest in 2009 and again this year.   It is a wonderful site where we have spent many hours enjoying these spectacular birds.   We are saddened that our stork parents have lost all five babies this year!

While we assume that they became ill and thus too week to survive, we are curious as to why exactly we lost them.  Any thoughts or information will be greatly appreciated.

***
Welcome Rowens, we are very glad to see you in our forum. :)  Best regards for you and your wife.  :)


I’ll try to explain what happended in ou stork nest. :(

Very bad weather, heavy rains, and low temperatures for many days caused great difficulties in finding food by the stork parents. [Now, we have a flood in some areas of Poland.]  The youngest chick died on May 13, another one on May 14. On May 17,  the nest and the storks (young and adult) were completely wet; in the middle of the nest a pool of water formed, and when the female got up, it looked like the next chick (third one) does not give any signs of life.

     Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbBboIpKdkQ

Paweł T. Dolata (co-ordinator of the “Close to Storks” Project), with the help of firemen and their equipment (the nest is located on a very high chimney of unused boiler room), decided to a rescue operation, involving the removal of a dead chick, drying of the hole, then filling the nest with a new dry lining (hay). In the meantime, two alive stork babies were dried, and then placed in the nest again.

     Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jyd7-ear8w 
(not all the details of the operation are well visible in the movie, because camera picture stopped from time to time due to many entries)

Ten minutes after the end of the operation, the male stork (being away almost 10 hours) returned to the nest and threw both babies at the edge of the nest (probably, he had no food for them and the chicks were too weak to survive).

     Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqKMSzX2ewU

The rescue team returned to the nest immediately, but the small storks were dead. :(

     Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkGSzRZr4sA

How did the two stork babies look when Paweł approached the nest, you can see on the photos in his article:
 
     http://www.pwg.otop.org.pl/index.php?fu … all&no=296 .


More videos, here.


Similar tragedies took place in a large number of other stork nests (and not only) in our country. Chicks were dying of starvation, cold and wet, or the parents threw their weakened chicks away or abandoned them (or unhatched eggs) to survive, because they were already utterly exhausted.

Damka_Pik - 2010-05-21 13:21:31

Storks do not lay new eggs after the loss of chicks (after the loss of eggs, yes, it happens). At least, they should not try to reproduce again. But it is not excluded (the storks can surprise us), although it happens very rarely. However, the later the chicks hatch, the smaller the chances of young storks to reach their wintering grounds in Africa … and to survive. After fledging, the youngsters need at least 3-4 weeks to gain more experience in flying and hunting alone. They should start their migration in August or beginning of September, but it is possible only in the case of the storks hatched in May or June.

To traverse the long migratory routes white storks need a good weather and warm, rising air currents, because they are not good fliers, they are gliders rather. This method of flying significantly reduces consumption of their energy and enables them a very long travel. Some of the white storks overcome the route up to 10 000 km, wintering in South Africa.

In this situation, it would be better, if no new eggs appeared in the nest in the present season ...  :rolleyes:

Paweł T. Dolata - 2010-05-21 18:23:28

Hi English-speaking Stork Lovers! :)

Thanks Damka_Pik for full information.

About long migrations of White Storks, ringed by our team of PwG OTOP in South Wielkopolska (Poland) you can see some recoveries on:
http://www.pwg.otop.org.pl/obro3.php

It is in Polish only, but ring numbers (GDAŃSK …), the names of countries (Republika Południowej Afryki = Republic of South Africa) and coordinates make this text clear for everybody, I hope. All storks were ringed as nestings.

Some part of Polish White Stork population winters in South Africa, rest of them in East and Central Africa, but since 1990s small number od Polish White Storks winter in Israel also.

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
PwG OTOP
www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl

Eva Stets - 2010-05-28 00:04:38

Hello!

On Greek website of the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ) (http://www.ekpazp.gr/multi158/ ) there is my short article about our storks including the story of the male stork, called from last year "Aggressor" (ringed as an adult by Pawel T. Dolata with ELSA tarsus ring last spring).
The text was earlier (25 April) published in Greek (therefore it covers events up to the 5th egg).   
Now, it was also translated into English.

The link is: http://www.ekpazp.gr/multi158/index.php … =2&lang=en

Best regards
Eva Stets

Eva Stets - 2010-06-03 16:46:20

As you can see on the pictures our adults Storks are well and they are in the nest many times by day and every night.

I think, that is also very interesting to observe what doing the adults the time, when in some another nests is breeding season. I hope, you will like it to.

You can enjoy them for 24h on www.bociany.ec.pl

Best regards
Eva Stets
 
http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/xn93fq2w0ob0aajm8lh0_thumb.jpg  http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/f6rf3dumbgfg6dw3zsrl_thumb.jpg  http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/b282jfq93hoci3ihds_thumb.jpg  http://www.allegaleria.pl/images/gv4s0bk95mmg9gng9b38_thumb.jpg

Eva Stets - 2010-06-27 10:40:41

The stork's couple from our nest in Przygodzice are well and moult (as you can see). Everyday they are in the nest in the morning and the evening - every night they are come back to the nest.

Photos taken 27 VI 2010 from www.bociany.ec.pl

Regards with best wishes to all
Eva Stets

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Eva Stets - 2010-09-20 19:19:34

Long time now our Storks flew from the nest:
- Male on 17th 08th 2010
- Female 23rd 08th 2010

At www.bociany.ec.pl now you can see other birds such as magpies and jackdaws, which sometimes visit our stork nest.

Hope to meet again White Storks from Przygodzice in spring next year.

Some picture from season 2010 you can see on:

http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/gallery.php?cid=9

http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/gallery.php?cid=8

Wish you all the best
Eva Stets

Paweł T. Dolata - 2011-04-01 05:31:54

Breeding season 2011 started for the White Storks from Przygodzice

Both storks came from Africa to the nest in Przygodzice on 31st March 2011: ringed male (probably the same like in 2010, I will confirm it after resighting of the ring number) on 3.38 p.m., unringed female on 5:10 p.m, they have a first sex a few minutes later. :)

Welcome to see them: www.bociany.ec.pl.

Since 25th March this pair are on the Facebook: join them on the www.facebook.com/bocianyzprzygodzic :)

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (Bird Life International partner in Poland) www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl - "Close to Storks" nest camera of White Storks in Przygodzice

Paweł T. Dolata - 2011-04-06 04:42:03

First egg of White Storks from Przygodzice

Our storks from Przygodzice have a first egg this year! Our observers saw it for the first time on 5th April at 11:07 p.m., but - according to female's moves on the nest - it was laid at 10:52 or 10:53 p.m probably. The next egg is expecting 44-50 hours since this moment, the most probably 46-48 hours. Welcome to looking for the second egg: www.bociany.ec.pl.

Since 25th March this pair are on the Facebook and have 411 fans in this moment. Join them on the www.facebook.com/bocianyzprzygodzic :)

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (Bird Life International partner in Poland) www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl - "Close to Storks" nest camera of White Storks in Przygodzice

Paweł T. Dolata - 2011-04-08 01:06:14

Second egg of White Storks from Przygodzice

Our storks from Przygodzice have a second egg this year! Our observers saw it for the first time on 7th April at 10:18 p.m., but - according to female's characteristic moves on the nest - it was laid at 10:02 or 10:03 p.m probably.

The next egg is expecting 44-50 hours since this moment, the most probably 46-48 hours. Welcome to looking for the second egg: www.bociany.ec.pl.

This pair have 450 fans on the Facebook in this moment: www.facebook.com/bocianyzprzygodzic :)

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (Bird Life International partner in Poland) www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl - "Close to Storks" nest camera of White Storks in Przygodzice

Paweł T. Dolata - 2011-04-11 00:36:52

The third egg of White Storks from Przygodzice in 2011 season

Our storks from Przygodzice have a third egg this year! Our observers saw it for the first time on 9th April at 9:09 p.m., but - according to female's characteristic moves on the nest - it was laid at 8:55 p.m. probably.

The next egg is expecting 44-50 hours since this moment, the most probably 46-48 hours. Welcome to looking for the fourth egg: www.bociany.ec.pl.

This pair have 615 fans on the Facebook in this moment: www.facebook.com/bocianyzprzygodzic :)

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (Bird Life International partner in Poland) www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl - "Close to Storks" nest camera of White Storks in Przygodzice

Eva Stets - 2011-05-19 13:06:13

Breeding season 2011 - White Storks from Przygodzice

Complementing the above posts, in 2011 Season five eggs have been laid (the fourth egg on 11 April 2011, and the fifth egg on 14 April 2011)

On 10 May 2011, in 35 day from the date of laying the first egg, the first two chicks hatched. Other three chicks hatched on: 11, 12 and 14 May 2011.

In short videos below, you can see the hatching of all five chicks (videos by: Angelika, Damka_Pik and Piotr J.):

- before the first chick left the shell:

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsNzMtNWu2Q

2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJZewV0OSEY

- how five small storks hatched:

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4wtSBFzsWA

2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-P8E7CfvbA

3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5LE2_GPS_Y

4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE8MHGRlpCo

5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izruhi3wek8

6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azz6DMhHeUs

7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM-tScNz1rw

8  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_kbaHJkhMs

9 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTbPn-pH88o

Paweł T. Dolata - 2011-07-02 16:28:51

Ringing of five White Stork nestlings in Przygodzice – 24th June 2011

Our five young storks from Przygodzice were ringed by the team of South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, with a help of a special car with a crane from Volounteer Fire Brigade in Przygodzice, operated by Jerzy Podemski from Volounteer Fire Brigade in Dębnica near Przygodzice.

We took two measurements of our storks. The bill length were: 128, 122 (two firstborns probably), 115, 114, and 104 mm (probably the last hatched nestling). Weights, which are proofs of good condition of these birds, were 4,30; 4,12; 3,62; 3,76 i 3,54 kg respectively.

Some photos from the action, you can find on http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … hp?id=579, screenshots were made by Asia Dziedziak (semibrevis) and some photos were made by Wojtek Szukalski, one of the action participants.

Movie, which is a part of Teleexpress programme of Polish Television Channel 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngFNpRyYLg4

Some amateur short movies:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsFFP5c5vnY
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XSwrAwWmBg
- http://www.youtube.com/user/Przygodzice … GCW1fCI6Lo
- http://www.youtube.com/user/Przygodzice … Peyzsw1CTA

Our White Stork family from Przygodzice have 1257 fans on the Facebook in this moment: www.facebook.com/bocianyzprzygodzic :)

best regards
Paweł T. Dolata
South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (Bird Life International partner in Poland) www.pwg.otop.org.pl
www.bociany.ec.pl - "Close to Storks" nest camera of White Storks in Przygodzice

Kamila Walczak - 2011-07-11 17:16:38

29-31 July 2011 - South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds invites to 6th All-Polish Meeting "Close to Storks" in Przygodzice. The meeting will be about nature of Poland, not only about white storks.

Best regards
Kamila Walczak
South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife International partner in Poland)

AnkazReading - 2011-12-25 11:24:53

We wish all our English-language members and visitors of this forum from all over the world

      A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND JOYOUS NEW YEAR!

In anticipation of many happy hours of watching our Przygodzice storks together in 2012,

Season's greetings and goodwill from the Administrator, Moderators, and all forum participants in Poland

Paweł T. Dolata - 2012-03-23 21:42:56

Hello!

This season will be the 7th successive season of the „Close to Storks“ project – based on the Internet transmission from the White Stork Ciconia ciconia nest in Przygodzice village near Ostrów Wielkopolski in Poland, in Barycz river valley, on the border of Natura 2000 Special Protected Area „Barycz Valley“. The view of the nest you can see on www.bociany.ec.pl

We are expecting arrival of our storks in these days, in the end of March. During 6 seasons of the project (2006-2010) the earlier day of their arriving was 24th March 2010, when both storks (male and female) arrived. Let’s observe, when they will arrive this year! :)

best regards and good luck in your observations! :)
Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

Paweł T. Dolata - 2012-03-25 19:51:20

The Storks ...are coming! :)
(you can singing it on the melody of brilliant and important song „The Saints Are Coming“ by U2 and Green Day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seGhTWE98DU :)

Hello!

On 24th March 2012 the first White Storks were observed on two nests in Ostrów Wielkopolski district in Poland. See more details in Polish on www.pwg.otop.org.pl. One of these nests, whrer two storks were observved yesterday and today, is located in Raczyce village, 3 km only from the nest in Przygodzice village, which you can see on-line on  www.bociany.ec.pl.

Today, together with a team from PwG OTOP, we observed one White Stork flying 1 km from the nest in Przygodzice and one Black Stork soaring upon Przygodzice Ponds and neighbouring forest - both these observations are the earliest one of these species in Przygodzice community this year.

We are expecting arrival of storks on this nest in consecutive days, in the end of March.

best regards and good luck in your observations! :)
Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

Paweł T. Dolata - 2012-04-05 10:45:57

Hello!

The first White Stork on Przygodzice nest was seen this year on 4th April on 15:55 by member of our forum wladek12. :)
See http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … id=616&p=1
Congratulations to wladek12!

Best regards and good luck in your observations! :) Use  green PRZEKAZ STRUMIENIOWY (STREAMING) button under the "window" with the nest view on www.bociany.ec.pl

Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

Wojtek Szukalski - 2012-04-05 17:18:59

Today (5th April) the second stork appeared on the nest in Przygodzice Usually males come first and females come after them but this year Przygoda was quicker than her partner. The male we can watch on www.bociany.ec.pl now is not the same we were watching last year because Dziedzic (male ocupied the nest in 2010 and 2011) had a ring on his leg and now none of tne storks has it.

Now we can watch them mate and we are waiting for the first egg to be laid :)

Paweł T. Dolata - 2012-04-08 19:53:48

Hello!

Just tomorrow evening, on 9th April, the first egg could be laid in White Stork nest in Przygodzice, which you can observe on www.bociany.ec.pl Good luck in observations! :)

Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

Paweł T. Dolata - 2012-04-08 21:27:14

Information about arrival of the storks at the nest in Przygodzice and about „Close to Storks“ project from Polish radio website: http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/95740 … ack-online

Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

AnkazReading - 2012-04-09 01:57:04

We have the first egg of the Przygodzice White Stork breeding season 2012! Przygoda laid it last night, 8th April, Easter Sunday (but only just!), a little while before 22:55 hours local time.

The first viewing of the egg by both proud parents has been captured on this short film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv6xa1CO … e=youtu.be

Watch how, at 21 seconds into the film, Dziedzic stands scratching his head over this happy Easter event in his nest. :)

All our members and guests are invited to keep watching for the second and subsequent eggs on www.bociany.ec.pl.

Happy viewing and a happy Easter Monday to all!

AnkazReading - 2012-04-10 22:31:09

Tonight, about 22:11 hours local time, Przygoda laid the second egg!

Photos of the event as it happened can be seen here:  http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 831#p36831

The weather forecast for the area states that the expected temperature at night is about +6 degrees Celsius,  no rain. Since yesterday both parents have busied themselves, during daytime, with lining the nest and surrounding their new egg with extra soft grassy material for warmth and comfort. :)

We encourage all forum users and guests to keep watching the life of the nest on www.bociany.ec.pl

AnkazReading - 2012-04-12 21:26:23

Today, Thursday 12 April, sometime between 20:30 and 20:40 hours local time, Przygoda laid her third egg of the season!  :)  She is clearly following the after-dark-laying pattern. The third egg arrived some 46 hours after the second one.

The photo in the link below (courtesy of viewer wladek12) shows the first clear public viewing of the three eggs:
http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 904#p36904

- as does this short film (courtesy of viewer Barbarka):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEhZLAeX … e=youtu.be

Just now, at 21:18, both storks are on the nest, one sitting on the eggs and one grooming itself before settling down for the night. The weather appears dry and a bit windy, but overnight temperatures as low as 0 degrees C are forecast for the region.  Keep those eggs well covered, storks!

AnkazReading - 2012-04-14 13:29:17

Saturday 14 April 2012
12:10

Still just three eggs in the nest  - so far, no additions since Thursday night.  This morning started very misty and foggy, but by midday the weather in Przygodzice appears bright and dry, and the temperatures for the area oscillate around 12 degrees C.

Since yesterday both storks, but especially Dziedzic, have been increasingly busy building up the nest and making improvements: the perimeter is being reinforced with new dry twigs and small branches, and the central area where the storks take turns sitting on the eggs is being lined and surrounded with a low wall od new soft hay and other grassy materials. When the new storks hatch, this is going to be their nursery.:)

We encourage you to watch the developments live on www.bociany.ec.pl.  Who knows, you may be the first person to see the fourth egg!  If this happens, please post your observation here.

AnkazReading - 2012-04-15 03:10:34

Saturday 14 April 2012 at 20:40 hours: Przygoda laid her fourth egg as the pair were sitting together side by side in the nest.
At 21:00 hours we had the first public viewing of the new egg, accompanied by a peal of bells from Przygodzice church! :)

AnkazReading - 2012-04-17 13:33:31

Egg no. 5 is here!

It was laid last night, Monday to Tuesday 16 to 17 April, some time between 21:14 and 00:47 hours in the morning.  At the time, the camera's night-time infrared facility was off, and all our faithful "night-owl" viewers (who, sadly, lack an owl's night vision) watching the nest had a most frustrating time trying to work out what was happening from the dark and very indistinct picture.

Fortunately, the repair crew came up to scratch, even so late at night, and corrected the problem as soon as was possible. We are grateful for their effort.

The first public viewing after the night image was restored took place at 00:47 hours on Tuesday morning.

You can see it here (film courtesy of KrystynaB):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO6HPaea … e=youtu.be
It is amusing to see Dziedzic stretch his wings proudly over the fruits of his and his mate's joint eforts :D . The small dark object seen bouncing around just off-centre of the picture is our resident spider, Tekla, who has chosen to spin her web across the camera lens.

Photographs taken since last night can be seen in this thread:
http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … d=616&p=11
It is nice to see that the sun is shining in Przygodzice and that the wind appears to have eased off. The temperature in the area is around 7 degrees C.

We do not have the exact time when the egg was laid, which may be unfortunate and frustrating for reasons of our nest statistics, but the most important thing now is to hope that all eggs hatch successfully and that another brood of Przygodzice storks is successfully raised. Fingers crossed!

We encourage all stork lovers to keep watching at www.bociany.ec.pl . Happy viewing!  :)

AnkazReading - 2012-05-07 12:22:20

It is high time for an update of what is happening in the nest.

Przygoda and Dziedzic are proving to be a very good and devoted couple. They have been grooming each other, defending the nest together from intruders, and generally tightening their intimate bond as a breeding pair. Also, in addition to their regular egg-sitting duties, at which they each take equal turns, they have been busy renovating the structure of the nest and lining it with more soft material in preparation for the hatching of their young from the five eggs Przygoda has laid. This should be happening very soon, as the first egg was laid on 8th April, that is 29 days ago, and the average interval between laying and hatching is between 30 and 35 days.

So we can expect the first young birds to hatch in the next few days. We invite all our viewing guests from outside Poland to watch the nest particularly carefully this week.  If you happen to be the first person watching to see the signs of an egg cracking and a baby stork getting ready to hatch, please let us know immediately in this thread, with a photo if possible, and we will post the news of your observation in the Polish-language thread as well. :)

Also, please feel free to post any other relevant observations and questions here. This forum is designed for your active participation!

Happy viewing on www.bociany.ec.pl.! :)

Greetings from Anka
(on behalf of the whole team!)

AnkazReading - 2012-05-13 11:16:41

Sunday 13 May 2012, 11:10 hours in Poland

The first two stork chicks hatched in the Przygodzice nest last night!

The first signs of a crack in one egg appeared before 21:00 hours local time, and by about 21:15 several viewers reported the sighting of the first hatchling. At 21:27 the little stork was already outside its eggshell.

The hatching took place 34 days after the first egg was laid.

The second chick followed just under two hours later, and was free of the eggshell by 23:35 hours. Przygoda soon tidied out the nest, and both parents continued sitting on the nest for the rest of the night, keeping the new arrivals snug and warm.

The latest recorded viewing was about two hours ago. Both chicks are active and chirping already!  The weather appears sunny and mild.

More news soon :)


Greetings and good luck to the chicks, and to the ones still to hatch!

Anka

AnkazReading - 2012-05-13 22:07:03

13 May

The third stork chick got out of his/her egg at 19:41 hours today - 35 days since the first egg was laid.

You can see the three chicks in this short film,  courtesy of our viewer/moderator iganka:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7nUb1mm5lI

The hatching of baby storks is the beginning of a very exciting time in our storks' nest, so we hope our viewers take the time to watch the storks in Przygodzice on www.bociany.ec.pl as often and as regularly as possible.

If you are a registered forum user, please do not hesitate to post your observations here.  Your posts will be very welcome, and we shall make every effort to translate any interesting and relevant contributions for the benefit of our Polish forum users.  You can also write in French if you feel more comfortable in that language. Once again we should like to stress that this is also your forum and your contributions will make it even more interesting for everyone in our stork-loving community.

Happy watching to all!

Ania

AnkazReading - 2012-05-16 01:02:38

Wednesday 16th May

The fourth chick hatched successfully yesterday morning, 15th May, at 07:28 hours.
Both parents are now increasingly busy gathering and bringing food for the youngsters, in addition to taking turns with nest-cleaning duties in between sitting on the one remaining egg and keeping the four babies snug, warm and protected.
So far, we're still waiting for the fifth chick to arrive.

Yesterday evening the Przygodzice nest featured in a popular news and commentary program ("Teleexpress") on Polish Television :). Our storks are quite famous throughout Poland, and immediately following the program there was a big surge of interest from the viewing public, with dozens and dozens of new guests visiting our site www.bociany.ec.pl.

Greetings from the forum team,

Anka

AnkazReading - 2012-05-17 11:56:34

Thursday, May 17th

The fifth stork chick is here! :)

It hatched this morning, at about 5:50 local time.

This completes the set for this year - all five eggs hatched successfully.  The new youngster is still tiny and so it will have to fight to catch up with its siblings.  Fingers crossed, good luck to the new arrival and to all in the Przygodzice stork family.

And happy watching on www.bociany.ec.pl !  Do not hesitate to write your observations here if you are a registered forum user - wherever in the world you are watching the Przygodzice storks from, we would love to hear from you!

Anka

AnkazReading - 2012-06-05 14:37:29

Tuesday, 5th June 2012

A lot has been happening in the nest since our last post. The young storks are growing, developing their new flight feathers, and learning to use their legs and their wings in addition to just opening their beaks for the food! :) And the parents are very busy feeding and protecting them in the nest.

As frequent visitors to the site must have noticed, now we have only three young chicks surviving - sadly, the two youngest and weakest hatchlings were, in the past few weeks, killed and removed from the nest by the parents. This, unfortunately but necessarily, was dictated by the parents' natural instinct which tells the adult birds when a chick is unlikely to survive, either because of sickness or some birth defects or because there is not enough food to ensure survival of all young in the nest.

These happenings caused some very understandable distress among our viewers.  We sympathize with their feelings, and we ourselves were very much saddened by these events, but we also need to stress that the basic principle of our project is to observe the birds in their natural environment and natural life cycles, with as little human intervention as possible.  Our project does not create a ZOO-like environment where animals are held in captivity and therefore the keepers are responsible for all their welfare. Having said that, sometimes we will intervene when a disaster can be prevented,  but only after very careful consideration and advice from our in-house expert ornithologists.  This happened several times in the past when there was a danger of young birds suffocating on some man-made materials, or when an adult was badly injured in a fight with another bird.  However, in this case, there was nothing to be done - only to try and understand that Mother Nature sometimes appears cruel, but it is to ensure the best possible survival of healthy individuals to secure the continued existence of the species. Similar things are likely to be happening in thousands of nests all over the country which are not being monitored.  In the end, a great number of the healthiest and fittest birds do survive and thrive. We still consider ourselves very privileged to be able to watch the storks in Przygodzice and take part as observers in their life, gaining new understanding of both the sometimes inevitable dramas and all the happy developments in the nest.

So we watched and recorded the events in the nest with a heavy heart, but also with the hope that now the three remaining chicks, who are growing at a good rate and becoming stronger with every day,  have an increasingly good chance to survive until adulthood and eventually to breed and raise their own young. 

Please continue as our guests, taking pleasure in watching what is happening in the nest at www.bociany.ec.pl

Anka

(on behalf of the whole team of the Przygodzice project)

AnkazReading - 2012-06-07 11:33:11

INVITATION - PLEASE NOTE - INVITATION

The Seventh Annual General "Close to Storks" Meeting in Przygodzice and the Barycz Valley, 27-29 July 2012


After consultations with the Przygodzice Parish Culture Centre, we can now announce the date of the next general annual meeting in Przygodzice for all Polish (and foreign!) stork lovers.

It will be held over the last weekend in July, Friday 27th to Sunday 29th.  We planned the date in consideration of the "calendar of events" of our stork family - so that participants can watch the birds live in the nest before the young storks leave for their first migration journey to Africa.

It will be our seventh meeting, and the second one to last two and a half days, as last year's formula proved to be a great success.  We shall have an introductory gathering on Friday afternoon, and then the plan is to go for an initial outing to nearby meadows to watch storks in their feeding grounds - unless other interesting events happen to occur in the nest itself. In the evening, we will have the opening meeting of all participants at the Przygodzice Parish Culture Centre (GOK).

On Saturday 28th July we plan first to take our guests for a morning walk around Przygodzice village, and then open the conference part of the meeting. This will feature, among others, talks on white and black storks in South Wielkopolska Region, with discussions as well as nature slide shows.

In the evening, we will have a musical performance by a popular local singer Zosia Banaszak, followed by a bonfire.

On Sunday 29th July we shall be leading an extended nature walk through the River Barycz Valley.

As usual, participation in the meeting is free.  This includes sleeping arrangements (group camping style, on comfortable mattresses, in the Culture Centre Hall, with toilets and showers next door).  Individual private (payable) accommodation is also available nearby, in the neighbouring village of Antonin.

We look forward to seeing as many guests as possible, both from all Poland and abroad.  You will be most welcome, and we can promise plenty of interesting sights, information, and stork sightings, and hopefully very enjoyable memories.  A number of our team speak English, so interpretation will always be available.

We hope you will note the date in your diaries and start making your travel arrangements as soon as possible :)  Please let us know here if you plan to attend - if we know the numbers, it will help us with making  practical seating, catering, and sleeping arrangements. However, even last-minute-decision arrivals will be equally welcome.

We shall be publishing more details of the meeting soon, so watch this space!  For Polish speakers, details also on www.pwg.otop.org.pl .

See you in Przygodzice - the storks are waiting!

Paweł T. Dolata
South Wielkopolska Group, All-Polish Society for the Protection of Birds  www.pwg.otop.org.pl
"Close to Storks" Project, Przygodzice  www.bociany.ec.pl

AnkazReading - 2012-06-16 17:08:15

Saturday 16th June 2012

Our three young storks are growing at an amazing rate
.  They are beginning to stand up in the nest and maintain reasonably good balance, and we expect that very soon they will start learning to walk on fully stretched legs.  At the moment, there is a lot of shuffling and wing-flexing going on: the youngsters are stretching and practicing their flight muscles. The parents have been very busy providing enough food to satisfy their growing children's appetites. Fortunately, there have been alternating stretches of sunshine and rain in the Przygodzice region, encouraging a good supply of insects, earthworms, grass snakes and other small creatures for the stork's menu, so there is a good supply of protein-rich diet essential for the youngsters' growth and development.

In the next few days, the young storks will be given individual names. Following a competition in which our members have been sending in their proposals, ten names will soon be shortlisted out of the several dozen suggested, and then there will be a general voting open to forum members, in which three names will be chosen out of the selected ten.  So watch this space: Before long, our young storks will not be nameless any more! :)

Anka

AnkazReading - 2012-06-23 21:29:50

Saturday 23rd June

All our registered forum members are invited to VOTE IN A POLL TO CHOOSE NAMES for our young stork chicks!

There is a list of ten names chosen from among members' proposals.  If you go to our forum page http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … hp?id=631,
you will see the names. They are:

1.Busiołek   
2.Szperek   
3.Ordynat   
4.Pola   
5.Dzióbek   
6.Fryderyk   
7.Filip   
8.Klara   
9.Sławek   
10.Pisanka
   
    Provided you are registered as a forum member, and logged in, you can then vote in the poll, by going to the link http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … hp?id=631, (go to: SONDY), and proposing (ticking off) THREE names of your choice.  Of the whole list, numbers 4, 8, and 10 are female.

We have a couple of days now to register our votes.  The three most popular names selected in the poll will then be given to the young stork chicks during the ringing operation, the date of which will be announced next week.

Just to let you know, the first name on the proposed list, "Busiołek", is a little-known traditional folk name given to storks in the Polish countryside in the past (the standard official name being "bocian" or "bociek"), and we believe it is worth resurrecting the tradition - but of course you can make your own choice according to whatever names you like!

Happy voting!

And keep watching our family of parents and fast-growing youngsters on www.bociany.ec.pl.


Anka

AnkazReading - 2012-06-30 19:54:07

The results of the stork-naming poll were announced yesterday. By popular vote, our youngsters were given the names of "Pola" (female), "Busiołek" and "Dzióbek".

Also yesterday, the young storks were ringed and measured, in a very smoothly executed operation, thanks to our expert  ringing team led by Pawel Dolata, with the splendid help of the local Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Przygodzice Parish Council. All three young storks were found to be in good health.

So our youngsters are no longer nameless!! :) It is still not precisely certain which of them are male and which are female, but they will carry the given names nonetheless.  In the case of Pola, the female-named stork (who AT THE MOMENT seems to be the smallest and weakest), should she ever be found to be a male, we will re-name her "Polak".

Best wishes, and do continue to watch out stork family a www.bociany.ec.pl

Anka

AnkazReading - 2012-07-01 18:44:22

Sunday 1st July

Our young newly-named storks, Pola, Busiolek and Dziobek, seem to have recovered fully after the surprise of the ringing operation yesterday, and now behave as if nothing had happened out of the ordinary. The stork parents also have taken it in their stride. Everyday routines on the nest are being resumed as usual.
But these routines will soon be changing: the youngsters' flight feathers and muscles are getting bigger and stronger, and they are just getting ready to practice the "high jump (with wings flapping)" exercises on the nest, in preparation for the next stage: learning their flying skills! There are exciting weeks ahead to look forward to! :)

We hope you will continue to enjoy watching this new chapter in the life of the Przygodzice stork family on www.bociany.ec.pl :)

AnkazReading - 2012-07-19 12:14:06

19 July 2012

Since our last post here, the youngsters have been very busy practising their new skills of jumps and high leaps on the nest, and - eventually  - their first flights away from their "high-rise home" :)

For those who may have missed these developments, here are a few short films illustrating their progress from the first clumsy (and very funny!) training exercises to the latest acquired flight skills - not quite of Olympic rating yet, but quite impressive nonetheless!

9th July (film courtesy of Renia) - the youngster only just learning to jump, like an ungainly toddler:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL-zD_ul … e=youtu.be

13 July (courtesy of iganka) - the young stork has discovered trampolining! :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8_jozwBSEU

17 July (courtesy of Renia) - FIRST RECORDED FLIGHT THIS YEAR:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyRwu1ne … e=youtu.be

19 July (courtesy of iganka) - effortless take-off from nest; on young stork's return, siblings greet him/her with typical neck flexing positions and "clattering":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1P6iEtNdK8

We are very proud of our young storks, and also of their parents, who are feeding them faithfully and tirelessly, and still protecting them in the nest.

Happy continued viewing!

We also remind our forum visitors that the Seventh Annual Stork Lovers' Meeting ("Close to Storks") in Przygodzice is taking place next coming weekend, 27-29 July 2012- see my post of 7 June above (http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/vi … 772#p38772). For those who can read Polish, there are more details on www.pwg.otop.org.pl . The programme is full of interesting talks, panel discussions, film screenings, live visits under the nest, and guided nature walks around Przygodzice and the surrounding River Barycz Valley.  It is not too late to decide NOW - all visitors will be made most welcome! If you have any questions about getting there and/or accommodation, please feel free to ask here.

We hope to see you in Przygodzice - the storks are waiting!

In the meantime, enjoy watching new developments in the nest,

Anka
(moderator, on behalf of the project team)

AnkazReading - 2012-07-21 10:23:05

21 July

All three young storks can now fly!

This morning they all took off for short flights in the neighborhood of the nest, but soon came back for breakfast, which was still supplied by a tireless parent. Przygoda and Dziedzic deserve high praise for their hard work in raising their young.

Paweł T. Dolata - 2013-04-14 21:49:30

Our White Storks from Przygodzice village, which you can observe in a "Close to Storks" project on www.bociany.ec.pl website, started a new breeding season.

A short review of 2013 season's beginning:

1st April 2013 4.10-4.15 pm – the first, short visit of the White Stork on the monitored nest in Przygodzice

2nd April 2013 10.22-10.30 am and 7th April 2013 10.12-10.44 am – the next short visits of the White Stork on the monitored nest in Przygodzice

8th April 2013 since 6.02 pm – the first longer stay of the White Stork on the monitored nest in Przygodzice and the first night on the nest

11th April 2013 – „true” arrival of the first White Stork (female named „Przygoda”) on the monitored nest in Przygodzice and the second night on the nest

14th April 2013 7.54 am – arrival of the second White Stork (male named „Dziedzic”) on the monitored nest in Przygodzice, the first displays and copulations

We are waiting for Your posts about our Storks! :)

Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

AnkazReading - 2013-04-18 19:35:57

Thursday 18 April, (19:30 hours) -  A brief update on the events in the nest:

Some time during the night of 15 April Przygoda laid her first egg of the season. It was noticed by one of our viewers in the early daylight hours of next morning, Tuesday 16 April, positioned uncharacteristically at the edge of the nest. Soon afterward, one of the storks swept it outside the nest.
The next day, 17 April, the same situation was repeated: an egg was laid, then placed at the nest's edge, and very soon the stork(s) got rid of it again.

This has caused alarm among many of our viewers, as well as speculations about the possible causes of this worrying behaviour, especially as some members have observed that  the male stork does not seem to be particularly skilled or interested in courtship and/or copulation, and is spending very little time in the nest.

However, our experts are of the opinion that it is too early to worry and suspect that something is seriously wrong. It is still early in the breeding season; the phenomenon of rejecting an egg this early in the season is relatively common, especially if the egg has not been fertilised; the male (who may be young and inexperienced) may yet assert his rights to the nest and to the female; or another, more mature bird may yet join Przygoda in the nest for breeding.

It is worth remembering that the weather this spring has been very unusual. To date, single storks still awaiting the arrival of mates have been observed in quite a number of other Polish and foreign nests that are monitored by cameras or observed from the ground.

The consensus is that it is best to allow nature to follow its course, assume that the birds know what they are doing, and observe closely all further developments in the Przygodzice nest.

We will be grateful for any observations reported by you, our viewers, in the forum, also in this English-language section.  The more we are able to observe the behaviour of our storks, even in seemingly insignificant detail, the better we'll be able to understand what is happening in the nest.

Greetings from Przygodzice and the whole team!!

AnkazReading - 2013-04-20 08:04:45

Saturday morning, 20 April

The same scenario was repeated overnight and this morning: Przygoda laid her third egg some time in the night, but by about 6 am pushed it out of the nest.
The egg was most probably not fertilised, or there were poor chances for getting it to hatch successfully in view of the non-typical behaviour of the male who only very sporadically visits the nest and shows little interest in courtship, copulation or help with building up the nest.

However, all is not necessarily lost: it is not yet too late in the season to produce a successful brood. More storks have been arriving all the time in the neighbourhood of Przygodzice, so there may well be a chance that a newly-arrived mature male capable of good parenthood will still join Przygoda in her nest.

Let us keep fingers crossed and hope for the best.

We again invite our foreign viewers to register with the forum (if not yet members) and join us in reporting their observations of the nest in this thread. French and Russian languages also welcome!

Greetings on behalf of the whole team! 😊

Anka

AnkazReading - 2013-04-22 18:39:42

Monday 22 April

Sadly, the fourth egg, laid by Przygoda yesterday evening, has also been thrown out of the nest. The most likely reason is that this year she does not have a reliable male partner with whom to start a family and have a good chance to rear a healthy brood of young storks fit enough for the winter migration. Consequently, natural instinct has most likely told her to get rid of the egg - so as not to use up valuable energy on trying to pursue a non-viable course of action.

We are all, of course, greatly saddened by this turn of events. But we must accept that nature in her wisdom knows best and acts for the optimal interest of the species.

There is still a small chance that the arrival of a suitable, mature and dependable male breeding stork might change this situation before it is too late. So we continue monitoring the nest in the interest of the project. There is always something to learn from all developments.

In the meantime, other strands of the project are continuing. Please follow the different threads in the English-language section, or - if you understand Polish - refer to the general Index for this forum.

Let's all keep fingers crossed for our nest!

Anka and the team

Paweł T. Dolata - 2014-04-20 22:04:32

Hello!

This year the first stork (the unringed female) occupied the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl since 7th April.

Today (20th April) at 4.10 pm the pair (both birds unringed) was seen on this nest for the first time (by Renia Paździor)
– see photos on http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewto … 731#p43731 and short movie by Renia http://youtu.be/sAhLRypCyKE

I hope they will stay and will have a nestlings herw. :) You can observe it on www.bociany.ec.pl

Best regards,
Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

yoko - 2014-04-23 08:36:21

23.04.2014
Hello
Unfortunately, the second stork was only one day. At present, staying one stork nest, probably female. It promises to be again without breeding season, too bad.

Regards, Barbara

Paweł T. Dolata - 2015-06-12 15:05:59

Hello!

At 9.16 today just passed a week from joining the female, called Przygoda (“Adventure” in Polish), to the male Dziedzic (“Landlord” in Polish), in the nest in Przygodzice, which we can observed at www.bociany.ec.pl :-)

Best regards,
Paweł T. Dolata
Południowowielkopolska Grupa Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków
South Wielkopolska Group of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – BirdLife International partner in Poland www.pwg.otop.org.pl
„Close to Storks“ project from the nest in Przygodzice www.bociany.ec.pl

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