Fud: Two strange birds are displayed in front of his window

Rare in the country, a pair of bald ibis have sat on the window sill in Everdun for a few days.

A reader – reporter sent us photos of unusual birds in our latitudes, last weekend. A pair of bald ibis sat squatting on the window ledge of an apartment on Rue de Pierre de Savoie, in Thermal City. Note that the presence of these ciconids is not new, but it is relatively rare. The individuals observed in Everdun are part of a colony established in Austria and southwestern Germany, as part of a resettlement programme.

Female Giorgia (left) and male Enya (right) were dragged out onto a balcony in Everdun last weekend.

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Giorgia, aged 4, and Enya, aged 5, seem to have a lot of fun in Bräu and Nord-Vaudua as they set up their customs and accommodations. Not really shy – “We can almost touch them!” The reader – the reporter during a telephone interview – exclaimed – it seems that my husbands of the bald ibis especially appreciate the area.

Thus, according to Daniela Troup, zoologist and behavioral biologist in charge of the “Waldrap.eu” project at the start of the bird reintroduction program, Giorgia and Enya already spent last summer between Chavorny, Everdun and Byrne, cheerfully sitting on different balconies. On Thursday, they had taken off at the end of the morning, not without paying their dues to the couple with whom they had decided to stop. In fact, squatters placed a toy, a kind of butterfly scrap metal, on the windowsill of their owners.

The two birds were born in Überlingen (Germany), on the shores of Lake Constance, and were taken in small light from Germany to Tuscany (IT) during their first year of life. They did indeed return north last year, but never made it to the German nesting area. Instead, they preferred to stay in Nord-Vaudoa and Bruy, where they returned to Tuscany for the winter.

Will the husband live in the area?

The pair are currently hanging out—”we’re having a funny scene,” our reader reporter laughed—will they be nesting in Nord-Vaudois or Broye? These birds must fly to their nesting site in Überlingen. Other bald ibis are there and have begun to breed. But for now, Enea and Giorgia seem to prefer Switzerland and Everdun. “They mate in different places on window sills in Everdun,” says Daniela Troup, who follows the case closely.

So it does not seem impossible for the pair to reproduce in our latitudes. To do this, he must find a suitable place. Northern bald ibis nesting sites are found in cliffs or in old towers near waterways. This would then be the first of its kind in French-speaking Switzerland. On the national territory, only about two dozen individuals were listed in 2020, according to the Swiss ornithological station Sempach (LU). Most of these birds were either fugitive or migratory.

This number should increase soon because the “Waldrap.eu” project intends to establish a breeding colony for this species in Switzerland in the near future. You must be born in Goldau (SZ).

Until the 16th century, the northern bald ibis was widespread in central Europe. Victim of persecution, but also due to climate change and intensive agriculture that took over its natural habitat by drainage, this ciconid completely disappeared from the old continent. At the beginning of the century, there were still a few husbands in Turkey, but the construction of dams was better than them. Since 2013, the northern bald ibis has been the subject of reintroduction in southwestern Germany and Austria. A necessity according to the researchers as the bald ibis currently breeds only in the wild in Morocco and in a few rare locations in Asia Minor. Individuals born in Austria and Germany spend the winter in southern Tuscany, in the oasis of Lake Orbetello, established by the WWF in 1971.

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