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vultures in catalunya
« on: November 20, 2007, 11:07 AM »
A friend was excited to spot three griffon vultures near Vic last weekend (only about 70km from Barcelona).  The ICO say that before 2000 there’s only one recorded sighting of a vulture in the comarca of Osona, but they are becoming more and more common visitors – at first only in the north, and now in the south, near Montseny and the Cinglera de Berti.  It seems related to the closure of the muladares in the Pyrenees.  My friend said they were flying near a hunting party.

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Re: vultures in catalunya
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007, 11:41 AM »
Hi Lucy, I guess expansion is expected as I think Griffons are still increasing/stable in numbers even with the closing of some of the Muladeras. most figures for Iberia as a whole give around 20,000 or so adults...

Our local colony down here at Garganta Verde numbers around 400 pairs plus chicks...

That said, Spain is the last place left numbering this quantity of gyps fulvus and they are in decline almost everywhere else... Makes me wonder when they will decline here...

Lets hope they find a safe place up in the Comarca de Osona

By the way what's ICO ?

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Re: vultures in catalunya
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007, 12:11 PM »

Hi Clive, It's the Instituto Catalán de Ornitología.  There are some nice precipitous rock faces for a vulture colony in Osona, but mainly quite close to towns and villages - which might put them off. Would be fantastic if they came to stay, as opposed to just scouting for food.

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Re: vultures in catalunya
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 10:40 AM »
An article in El Periodico this week talks about the vulture attacks on livestock in recent years (54 in last 2 years).  Medi Ambient (Catalan Ministry of Environment) think that the vultures responsible are a pack of young non-breeding vultures that roam Catalunya looking for feeding opportunities – usually livestock giving birth.

After a population explosion in the last decade, it’s thought the numbers of vultures in Catalunya has stabilised (up to 500 pairs).  They think the young vultures responsible for the attacks are ones that crossed the border from Aragon when the muladares disappeared, and learnt to kill because they were starving.

(Impressive figures for Aragon vulture population: more than 6,000 pairs, and an estimated 15,000 singles).

They play down the problem, thinking it will die away naturally, while stressing the need for compensation for the livestock killed.

http://www.elperiodico.com/default.asp?idpublicacio_PK=46&idioma=CAS&idnoticia_PK=605121&idseccio_PK=1021
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