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Flamingos at Pomorie Lake

Flamingos at Pomorie Lake

15.11.2017
Regular monitoring of birds at Pomorie Lake was made in the past week. The findings have revealed that the saline lagoon is currently hosting more than 18 000 birds of 48 species. Among interesting inhabitants, we can distinguish two Pink flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus), one short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) and almost 300 Mute swans (Cygnus olor).

Most numerous of the winter visitors are Coots (Fulica atra) – more than 14 000, Teals (Anas crecca) – above 1 200, Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) – about 1 000 and Widgeons (Anas penelope) – more than 300. Interesting fact is the presence of approximately 300 Sandwich terns (Sterna sandvicensis) including bords marked with colour rings here and abroad. In addition, one Black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus) marked with standard metal ring only was also observed.

Main areas for concentration of the water birds is the central part of the lagoon around the islet of dike 1. Disturbing is the fact that the saltworks situated in the Northern part are almost entirely deserted by birds since that area traditionally hosts some typical species for the saline lagoon like Shelducks and waders. Most probable reason are the construction works for enlargement of the road between Pomorie and Aheloy (I-9). The monitoring will continue during the next months.