The three chicks born in the 2013 season have completed their development and seem to have synchronized their departure from the nest, starting their first flights in the second week of August.
In last August, the maximum number of black vultures seen in one day was 28, higer than the last register of July 2013 (27).
A total of 43 different individuals have been controled by direct observation during in August:
– 27 black vultures released or born within the framework of the reintroduction project.
– 2 exogenous birds born in 2012 in Cévennes (France): FDV and FDT.
– At least 14 vultures with no rings, presumably from the Iberian population. Of these, 7 were young (2nd cal. year), 6 immatures (3rd-4th cal. year) and 1 adult.
The activation of a specific supplementary feeding point for black vultures had an extraordinary response by the colony of Boumot-Alinyà, beyond our expectations. This was crucial for the successful breeding of the three pairs. And was a key help for the recruitment of 5 of the 7 individuals released in March.
On 6 August, the Perla and Portell chick left the nest, with 126 days of age. It is the third year that this pair is successfully breeding. Its devotion to the breeding has been exemplary since in 2010 get raised Gala, the first chick born in the reintroduction programme.
The next one to fly was the Mario and Menta chick, behind in its development and finally adopted by Neus and Oriol. Without a decisive commitment of this pioneering initiative, as it was his rescue and subsequent adoption by a first-time couple that has proven to be exemplary, this chicken could never fly and it made with 130 days of age and a remarkable control in its movements.
The most precocious one was the chick from Bruna and Corneli. When being 110 days old he left the nest, about 10 days before what it is normal in the species
For further information on this project, please check the section Reintroduction of the Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Pyrenees on this website.
The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà staff and the rangers of the NHR of Boumort. The Estació Biològica del Pallars Jussà carries out several educational actions related to the project.