06.05.16
Webcam at European Roller nest box in Adazi military training area

From Monday, May 2, live translation from the web camera set up in the nest box of European Roller in the Adazi military training area has started in the website of the LIFE + project "Birds in Adazi".

European Rollers return to Latvia from the wintering sites in Southern Africa in the beginning of May and begin to lay eggs in late May. Hatching begins in the second half of June and around the middle of July young Rollers leave the nest.

European Rollers have been nesting in the nest box equipped with the webcamera for several years in a row. Two juveniles grew up in this nest box last year. Since Rollers tend to be faithful to their nesting sites, there is a good chance that this year the same birds will nest successfully again in this nest box.

Rollers began to nest in Adazi military training area in 2007 when Latvian Ornithological Society placed suitable nest boxes there, as the natural nesting places - cavities made by Black Woodpeckers at the margins of fields - were missing. According to the observations of ringed birds it is known that Rollers have moved to the military training area from nearby nature reserve "Garkalnes meži". Since 2007, up to seven pairs of European Rollers have been nesting in the Adazi military training area and its surroundings, in recent years, around five couples.

Live translation from the nest box of European Roller is ensured by the LIFE + project "Birds in Adazi " (www.putniadazos.lv) coordinated by the State Centre for Defence Military Objects and Procurement. Translation is supported by companies "Latnet" and "LMT Straume". 

Observation system in the Roller's nest box was set up on 5th April.