Welcome to the new season 2010 of the "Close-to-Storks" Project.
Email from Eva Stets, re White Storks about to nest in Poland - at a nest you can view online, with webcam.
[quote]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 was ringed above the left knees). Three 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.
It seems that the new couple decided to stay in our nest for the present breeding season.
We invite you to observe events in our stork-nest on our website: www.bociany.ec.pl .
Also We invite you to our forum to the small english part: http://www.bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewtopic.php?pid=21964#p21964
Some shot videos from our stork from the date 24.03.2010 you can see here: http://bocianyzprzygodzic.pun.pl/viewtopic.php?pid=21837#p21837
Best regards from the project "Close to Storks"