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Baba Marta Was Early in Sakar!

Baba Marta Was Early in Sakar!

24.02.2018
This year the Lesser Kestrel returned from Africa, again ahead of spring!
 
As you may know, the Lesser Kestrels, these small falcons, migrate South in autumn, where their winter quarters are situated. And in spring the falcons will return to their native lands to form pairs and to rear offspring.
 
For the Green Balkans’ team the spring came today, 24th February, early in the morning, with the coming of the fisrt male Lesser Kestrel in the Levka village colony, near Svilengrad. The colony was reestablished in the scope if the “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 rpoject, that finished last year.
 
BFZ (called that, because of the lettering on his PVC ring, on one of his legs) was registered early this morning by representatives of Green Balkans and from the local NGO “Nature Park Sakar”. He was very hungry, because he throw himself on the food we presented him.
 
BZF is again the first to return to the home colony. In 2016 and 2017 he even returned a day earlier – 23rd February.
 
We are expecting the arrival of other birds until the day’s end. But the Lesser Kestrel return en mass for their winter quarters in Africa is expected during the whole of March.
 
BFZ has a foreign origin – he was hatched in the project partner’s breeding centre – the Spanish organization DEMA. BFZ is part of the first group of 90 Lesser Kestrel, which arrived in Bulgaria in 2013. The birds were placed in specially constructed and build Lesser Kestrel Release and Adaptation Module. And they have adapted well, and almost half of them returned next year – 2014, and started a new colony. In all the years of the colony’s existence, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, BFZ and his partner were successful in raising young. Lest hope that this year will not be any different!
 
So happy spring! We will keep you informed about the news of the Lesser Kestrels’ lives here.
 
For further information, please contact:
Gradimir Gradev, Green Balkans, Project Manager
Lesser Kestrel Recovery, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
Mobile: +359 885 609 289; Е-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org