Rough-legged owl, confusing bumblebee and other rare animals spotted in natural areas of Moscow

Rough-legged owl, confusing bumblebee and other rare animals spotted in natural areas of Moscow

Mospriroda annually conducts censuses of wildlife in all subordinate natural areas. In 2022, experts conducted 315 such counts and counted 240 animal species, including 22 animal species and about 100 bird species. This was reported on the website of the environmental institution.

Particular attention was paid to animals from the Red Book of Moscow during the surveys - experts identified 104 such species, including 50 species of birds, 37 species of insects, 10 species of animals, 3 species of reptiles and amphibians, 1 species of mollusks.

In particular, animals with a zero category in the Red Book of Moscow were encountered in the natural areas of the capital last year. This category includes species that are called "probably extinct", because their presence in nature in a given territory or by me has not been confirmed for decades, but the possibility of their conservation cannot be ruled out.

“Such rare inhabitants of natural areas are the owl in the Arkhangelskoye-Tyurikovo Estate, the black kite in the Zelenogradsky complex reserve and in the Izmailovo natural and historical park. And also in natural areas, a gray heron and a green woodpecker were recorded, ”the Mospriroda reported.

More often, specialists met representatives of the 1st category of the Red Book. “From animals, a hare and an ermine were noticed, and from birds, a coot, a motley (medium) woodpecker, a teal-whistle and an ordinary buzzard. In the Zelenogradsky complex reserve and in the natural and historical park Bitsevsky Forest, a gray toad was found, and in Kuzminki-Lyublino and the Arkhangelskoye-Tyurikovo Estate, a lizard was found," the report says.

Among the species of the first category of rarity in the natural areas of Moscow, there are also metal bronze (beetle), goldeneye birds, gray-haired woodpecker, as well as embarrassing bumblebee, viviparous lizard, thin rocker (dragonfly) and others.

Kuzminki-Lyublino specialists were lucky to meet a blue-winged filly - an insect, as well as a butterfly from the Red Data Book, which is called a purple chervonets (Alkifron). Both the filly and the chervonets are listed in the Red Book of Moscow under the 2nd category of rarity.

Also, 27 species included in the Supervisory List of the Red Data Book of Moscow were taken into account. For example, the European mole, the marsh turtle, the raven, the rook, the common grosbeak, the small motley woodpecker; dragonfly arrow blue and arrow-girl.

The Red Book of Moscow at the end of 2022 was released in a new edition. The updated edition includes rare species that have been seen on the territory of the capital: 573 species of plants and fungi, insects, birds, and animals.
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