Release report 2014

Report of the German-Polish release project in 2014


A successful breeding season and related reintroduction of peregrine falcons in Poland allowed us to provide 41 peregrine falcons for the German-Polish release project 2014.

Fortunately, two new pairs of tree nesting peregrine falcons were confirmed. For one pair we presumed at the beginning that it could be the existing "old peregrine pair" from last year.  With photos taken during the ringing of the young birds, we were able to confirm that this was a new pair. Unfortunately, despite an intensive search, the "old couple" couldn´t be found so far. The second new couple we found in Nowa Ramuki (Olsztyn) and was able to raise two young falcons. These young peregrine falcons from the new couple in Masuria were fitted with transmitters and can be followed, if interested, at the following site Another young falcon in Barlinek was also outfitted with a backpack transmitter. (A note regarding the links: It may be that the data transfer works only when the young falcons have left the release location, because there is a bad radio reception in this area)

At the release location in Żmigród we already confirmed a pair last year, but this year with a new female. Copulations were observed, but there was no oviposition.

Individual observations of peregrines increased at all release places. Our biggest handicap is the lack of volunteers searching for new nests at the moment. To give an incentive we are announcing a competition , in which you get a pair of binoculars from a reputable manufacturer when a new nest of peregrine is confirmed. Next year we want to mount artificial nests, similar as we did it in our German project, to offer sufficient nesting options for the peregrines.

We released in 2014 at four locations; Milicz/Żmigród (southwest Poland), Barlinek (west Poland), Włocławek (central Poland) und Olsztyn/Nowe Ramuki (Masuria) (see the map). The most eastern releasing place at the Belarusian border had to be put on hold for the time, because we do not have enough volunteers for observing the hawks at this location. However, we hope to use this location again in the future.

A total of 129 peregrine falcons from four countries were released at four locations. With 41 Falcons, from 7 breeders, we were able to make a considerable contribution to the establishment of the tree-nesting peregrine population in Poland in 2014.
Thanks are due to all volunteers and breeders. We hope that many falcons survive the perilous first year and to confirm the existing or a new pair in the next few years. A detailed report can be read in our Jahrbuch 2014.

Elisabeth Leix