This past Saturday,  and coinciding with in the International Vulture Awareness Day,Trenca Association organized an activity in one of the Supplementary Feeding Point (SFP) available in the pre-Pyrenees of Lerida.

Explaining poster of scavenger raptors characteristics of the catalonian Pyrenees. © Pierino Perrone

As in previous years, the SFP chosen was the Siall, belonging to the municipality of Isona and Conca Dellà and within the region of the Pallars Jussà .

The activity focused on the realization of a contribution of carrion in one of the feeders, with the possibility of being able to observe, from the observatory installed for that purpose by the association TRENCA, scavengers birds characteristics of the area. This time we have the invaluable help of the NGO GREFA who helped us in the organization and development of the activity.

The clear and cloudless day foreshadowed a beautiful day for the realization of the scheduled activity.

While the field technicians of TRENCA (Gerard Plana) and GREFA (Émilie Delepoulle) were those responsible for carrying out the contribution in the feeding point, a technician of TRENCA conducted a small introduction to the projects of the network of Supplementary Feeding Points (SFP) (managed by the association) and the Project for the Reintroduction of Black Vulture in the Pyrenees in which collaborates the entity.

Explanation of the activity by a technician of Trenca. © David Izquierdo

An individual of red kite (Milvus milvus) before being released after his recovery. © David Izquierdo

Just before the start of the observation of the scavenger birds, and, thanks to the Recovery Center of Vallcalent (Generalitat de Catalunya), two birds already recovered in the center were released, a red kite (Milvus milvus) and a Jay (Garrulus glandarius).

…and after this , the scheduled activity started.

As usual, were the ravens (Corvus corax) the first to reach the feeding point in search of food, followed by a large number of griffon vultures (Gyps fulgus), around 150 individuals, and the usual presence of two individuals of Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). We did not have to wait much longer to enjoy watching two black vultures (Aegypius monachus), always ready waiting for their turn.

But they were not these the only representative species that we were able to see this day. We could observe an individual of the red kite (Milvus milvus), another individual of black kite (Milvus migrans) and a Booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus). And to finish the day in the best way we were lucky enough to be able to contemplate a young individual of golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) astonished us with its majestic presence. A wonderful day we will not forget!

Griffon vultures (Gyps fulgus) and ravens (Corvus corax) feeding in SFP of Siall (Isona).© Pierino Perrone.

From TRENCA association we want to thank all that you came to celebrate the International Vulture Awareness Day in our company and to the companions of the NGO GREFA for helping us to carry out this activity.

See you next year!

The project of the Network of SFP is an initiative of the association TRENCA with the support of ENDESA, the Catalonian Goverment and the city council of Isona i Conca Dellà. Farmers, meat factories and slaughterhouses of the area participate in a remarkable manner in the project.

To learn more about the project, you can visit the section Supplementary feeding Points (SFP) for scavenger raptors in the Pyrenees in this same web page.

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 staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

To learn more about the project, you can visit the section Reintroduction of the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Pyrenees in this same web page.