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The great vagrancy – the Lesser Kestrel BSB returned to the area of the colony!
09/07/2015
The bird lived for 48 days in the area of the Pangaion Hills in Greece, near the town of Kavala, as is evident from Green Balkans’ data.
 
BSB is one of our female Lesser Kestrels tagged with a satellite transmitter this summer http://greenbalkans.org/birdsofprey/lesserkestrellife/en/Tiny_satellite_transmitters_reveal_peculiarities_of_the_life_of_the_rare_Lesser_Kestrels-p620.
We hoped to learn about various aspects of the life of these rare falcons. Soon, the tiny transmitters started sending interesting news and data.
As we wrote earlier, our BSB (named after the code on its color ring) headed for its first long journey on July 16th, when it left its “home” colony in the village of Levka, Sakar SPA. It settled in the Pangaion Hills in Greece, where it was observed by Green Balkans during a special expedition organized to identify its exact location. Therefore, Green Balkans’ team implementing “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project funded by the LIFE program of the European Union was really surprised to spot this traveller back in Bulgaria. Just 48 days after it started its vagrancy, BSB returned on September 3rd, 2015 and was observed on the roof of the Lesser Kestrel Release and Adaptation Module in the area of Sakar SPA. Instead of heading straight south of Greece, towards its wintering grounds, the female individual returned to its colony as if to say “goodbye” before the long migration to Africa. Returning from Greece to the colony in Sakar, the Lesser Kestrel has traveled more than 230 km for some 5 hours!!!
What other surprises does the female BSB have for us?? We’ll wait and see…..
 
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