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Spring cleaning in the middle of the winter and prophylactic examination before the beginning of the Lesser kestrels’ breeding season

Spring cleaning in the middle of the winter and prophylactic examination before the beginning of the Lesser kestrels’ breeding season

06.02.2019
Climate changes are real and they have effect on the breeding behavior of the birds. It is only the beginning of February, but the Lesser Kestrels in the Green Balkans’ breeding program for reintroduction of the species in Bulgaria made their first copulations.

Last week the weather felt like springtime and it stimulated the small falcons to make first attempts for copulations. What we could do to help them was to clean their cage and the nest boxes in order not to disturb them again in the peak of the breeding season. We also made the regular medical examination of the birds in the Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center which is usually held twice in a year – in the beginning and in the end of the breeding season.

The migration of the birds is a natural phenomenon, which serves as an indicator for the climate changes. Lesser Kestrels are one of the migratory species which we most closely and consequently monitor and we so to say use them as meteorologists. Last spring they remained in Levka, where the Lesser Kestrel release and adaptation module is located almost until the beginning of the winter, as the spring was quiet longer and warmer than usual.

The Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center information activities for the Sakerfalcon are implemented within the ‘NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS’ - LIFE17 GIE/BG/000371 project.