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Lesser Kestrels that have not migrated south can still be seen in Sakar

Lesser Kestrels that have not migrated south can still be seen in Sakar

10.10.2014
Several Lesser Kestrels have not yet headed for the wintering areas, but prefer to stay near the area where they were released into the wild.
 
Field observations by Green Balkans’ team working under "Lesser Kestrel Recovery" LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project show that Lesser Kestrels are still found in Sakar. Although all Lesser Kestrels left the Release Module and the nearby nest boxes long ago, several birds can be seen in the area. Every night, some 10 Lesser Kestrels use the electricity poles, situated at a distance of about 5 km from the Module, as roosting sites. It is interesting to note that among these birds other unmarked juvenile individuals have also been seen, which shows that these are not birds released within the project, neither are they birds hatched this year in the artificial nests installed around the Release Module. In addition to the Lesser Kestrels, several Common Kestrels and Hobbies also roost there, as all these birds often hunt insects around the poles.
 
Meanwhile, the Lesser Kestrel Release Module was deserted. The adaptation aviary, the release boxes, and the artificial nest boxes are already empty. The Lesser Kestrels left the facility long time ago, and now the team is cleaning everything, getting ready for the next breeding season.
To bring some fun into the Release Module, several tits have recently settled there, often perching on the top of the cage, seizing every opportunity to look at their reflection in the video surveillance cameras.
 
 
For further information, please contact:
Gradimir Gradev, Project Manager
Lesser Kestrel Recovery, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
Mobile: +359 885 609 289; Е-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org