Resum anual del seguiment dels ocells al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra i rodalies – 2022

In 2018, the Marimurtra Botanical Garden started monitoring the birds that nest and live in the garden. For this purpose, 16 nest boxes have been installed in the garden to promote the nesting of the different species that interact with the garden and thus promote biodiversity within it. The maintenance of the nest boxes has made it possible to verify that a nest has been built in six of them.

There are also nine feeders installed throughout the garden, which are checked and filled weekly. In each garden you can find a table feeder, a tubular feeder and a rectangular feeder to which we add different combinations of seeds and nuts.

Weekly, three samplings are carried out in different parts of the Garden, noting those species that have been observed and during the year five more samplings have been carried out spaced in time. A total of 545 birds have been recorded in the garden, corresponding to 34 different species. The most abundant species have been the Tudó (Columba palumbus), the Blue Tern (Parus caeruleus), the Herring Gull (Larus michahellis), the Robin (Erithacus rubecula), the Grosbeak (Serinus serinus), the Blackcap (Sylvia melanocephala) and the Long-tailed Mallerenga (Aegithalos caudatus). Of the 34 species observed, 24 are likely nesting species and seven are safe.

The presence of three interesting new species stands out: the Woodpecker (Loxia curvirostra), the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and the Plumed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax aristotelis). Of particular note is the pair of Woodpeckers observed in March, which could be a wintering or potential nesting pair.

All this data collected at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden is added to the database of the Catalan Institute of Ornithology (ICO) within the Birds of the Gardens project.