At last the second female bird returned from Africa. To this day, in the Lesser Kestrel Adaptation and Release Module in Levka village, there are 10 birds, that have returned. The maths show that there are 4 males for every female. In any given moment, no matter where one turns, the females are surrounded by fighting or offering their caresses and gifts (freshly captured delicious mice) males. How can they be indifferent to that kind of attention?
Green Balkans’ exhibition “Sakar – Land of Treasures” is opened in Community Centre “Otets Paisii 1925” in Levka village.
BPC spent the whole winter in central Chad, 3 400 km. away from the native colony, has started her spring flight back to Levka village in SPA Sakar, part of the NATURA 2000 ecological network. Judging by previous years, we are expecting her to be home in 1-2 weeks, if all is well on the way!
Just as the first male birds returned to Levka, the first female came too. Slowly the Lesser Kestrel colony in SPA Sakar, part of the NATURA 2000 network, starts coming to life.
For two days, the young people discovered some of the secrets of the life of the little falcons.
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Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni, Fleischer, 1818) is a small falcon species that is a useful ally of man in combating pests in agricultural landscapes. Once considered among the most abundant birds of prey in Europe, today, due to agriculture intensification, farmland abandonment, loss of nesting sites and intensive pesticide application it has an uncertain future.
Lesser Kestrel is strongly attached to agro-environmental landscapes, showing high preferences towards extensively managed wheat crops and extensively grazed or otherwise maintained pastures. The species is an essentially insectivorous, opportunist feeder, capable of exploiting a wide range of terrestrial and aerial prey.
Lesser Kestrels are often nesting in urban areas, as they provide nesting sites and reduced nest predation and are usually surrounded by agricultural fields or open uncultivated grasslands, securing food sources. The species is therefore highly dependent on human activity not only for foraging areas but also in terms of available nesting sites.
In the past, the Lesser Kestrel was widely spread in Bulgaria, nesting “everywhere” in the mid-19th century. At present, there are no Lesser Kestrel breeding pairs confirmed in Bulgaria.