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Branta Cover Language of the article: Russian Cite: Popenko, V. M., Busel, V. A. (2015). Supposed breeding of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius L.) at the south-eastern shore of Kakhovske Reservoir. Branta: Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, 18, 149-153 Keywords: Middle Spotted Woodpecker, breeding, shore of Kakhovske Reservoir. Views: 726 Branta copyright Branta license

Branta Issues > Issue №18 (2015)

Branta: Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, 149-153

Supposed breeding of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius L.) at the south-eastern shore of Kakhovske Reservoir

V. M. Popenko, V. A. Busel

Observations of two juveniles on 6 and 7 July 2014 and one adult of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker on 3 August 2014 on “Lysa Hora” at the south-eastern shore of Kakhovske Reservoir (Vasylivka District, Zaporizhzhia Region, N 47°27´17´´, E 35°14´56´´) allow regarding the bird as a new breeding species in the area. This conclusion is grounded on the following: a – all records were made within the same area; b –species movements even in the northern parts of its range start only in autumn (early September - October); c – fledglings leave nests in early June, i.e. at the time of the observation they were about 1-month age; d – the nearest recorded breeding points are as far as 150 km north and the birds with undeveloped flight feathers hardly were able to overcome this distance.

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