Migration of the buzzards Villu and Kordian

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Migration of the buzzards Villu and Kordian

Post by Felis silvestris » October 13th, 2015, 12:31 pm

The year of the buzzard is still not finished - and we have two buzzards on the migration map, maybe it is interesting to follow them a bit more closely.

http://www.looduskalender.ee/en/node/25144

Villu is a male buzzard, already tagged with a GPS transmitter last year. He spent most of the winter in Germany, in Bavaria.
He returned to his nesting area and successfully raised one chick this summer.
Read more:
http://www.looduskalender.ee/en/node/22656
http://www.looduskalender.ee/en/node/22785
http://www.looduskalender.ee/en/node/24193

Villu started his migration on 12th October

Kordian is a male buzzard hatched this year and was caught about 20 km away from Villu's territory. The exact location of the nest where he hatched is not known. He was named after the Polish colleague Kordian Bartoszuk from AQUILA-IT, who is also a valued member of our forum.

Kordian started his migration already on 5th October.
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Post by Felis silvestris » October 13th, 2015, 12:34 pm

October 13:

Kordian has reached a place southwest of Kaunas, Lithuania

Villu has crossed the border into Latvia and heads the same direction as Kordian
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Post by Felis silvestris » October 14th, 2015, 10:12 am

October 14

Villu has flown into Latvia, still heading same direction as Kordian, who is slightly north of Marijampole in Lithuania.

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 16th, 2015, 12:20 pm

October 16

Villu also crossed the border into Lithuania and still heads the same direction as Kordian, who has been taking it easy and is still in the same area. Maybe he is waiting for Villu to catch up with him?

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 17th, 2015, 1:17 pm

October 17

Kordian spends some more time between Ramoniškiai and Šunskai

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Villu has reached Noriūnai area and gets even closer to Kordian's route

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 18th, 2015, 2:13 pm

October 18

Both buzzards continued their journey.

Kordian heads towards the tri-border area - Poland, Kaliningrad oblast and Lithuania.

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Villu crossed Kordian's migration route and still heads more or less south

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 19th, 2015, 6:30 pm

October 19

Both have not travelled much further, still the same direction, but seem to have found good foraging areas

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 20th, 2015, 8:19 pm

October 20

Both buzzards did not travel today, but stayed around, getting some rest

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Villu has chosen a wooded area between Jotainiai and Ramygala

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Kordian already spent some time in an area with wood and meadows near Šilbaliai

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 21st, 2015, 8:10 pm

October 21


Young Kordian is still taking a break at the same area. Villu is closing up on him, has reached the Kaunas area, is just about 70 km away from Kordian.

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 22nd, 2015, 7:30 pm

October 22

Villu has moved again a bit forward, but no movement for the last two days from Kordian. Maybe the transmitter did not get enough power to charge?
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Post by Felis silvestris » October 23rd, 2015, 9:55 pm

October 23

Kordian moved again, but still hunts in the same area.

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Villu turned around (lost his wallet and went to search?) and flew back a few kilometres

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 24th, 2015, 8:33 pm

October 24

Villu seems to have re-considered spending the winter in the South, he turned around and is heading north again:

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Kordian still spends his time near Gražiškiai

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 25th, 2015, 8:28 pm

October 25

Villu reconsidered his decision to head north again and turned back and again heads south

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Young buzzard Kordian finished his break and resumed his journey south. He has reached Poland now, and thus also passed his namesake there. He covered more than 100 km since the last point in Lithuania.

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 26th, 2015, 8:41 pm

October 26

Villu flies around the region south-west of Kaunas and Kordian has not moved much, taking a rest again after the fast move the day before

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 27th, 2015, 8:22 pm

October 27

Kordian passed Białystok and Villu has resumed the journey south and also crossed the Polish border. His route is parallel to Kordian's again.

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Post by Felis silvestris » October 28th, 2015, 6:46 pm

October 28

Villu? :shock:

Kordian continues his flight like the days before

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But what is with Villu? Something happened to the logger or the GPS turned crazy?
If we believe the map, Villu flew about 3800 km straight to the Algerian desert

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