International Waterbird Census (IWC) 2022

Since 2011, The International Waterbird Census (IWC) in Serbia is coordinated by Bird Study and Protection Society of Serbia. The IWC is coordinated by Wetlands International and it is organized every year in most countries of the world. In 2022 the period of observations was between 10th and 30th of January and the results of waterbird counting had to be provided the IWC until 10th of February.

Zobnatica lake (Photo: Sihelnik József)

Zobnatica lake (Photo: Sihelnik József)

Ornithologists from Ornithological work group of Arcus Ecological Association participate in national survey since 2012. This year, the activities took part from 16th till 22nd January. The whole area of the Zobnatica lake was observed, as well as the Krivaja creek completely to Đurđin. Also, the Krivaja creek was observed from Bačka Topola to Bajša and on to Lovćenac in Municipality of Mali Iđoš.

In our observation area the most important waterbird species were the following: Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 740, Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 511, Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 115, Common Crane (Grus grus) 113, Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 65, Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 55, Greylag Goose (Anser anser) 47, Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 37, Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 25, Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) 18, Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 18, Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 12, Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 9, Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) 7, Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 6, Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) 6, Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 5, Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) 3, Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) 2, White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 2, Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 2, Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) 2, Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1, Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 1, Great Egret (Egretta alba) 1, White-Tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) 1 and Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 1. Totally 1805 birds belonging to 27 species were observed.

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