Monitoring of wintering birds at Durankulak Lake

Mixed flock of Eurasian coot and Red-crested pochard
On 5 and 6 December 2018, Green Balkans experts have conducted monitoring of wintering birds in Durankulak Lake.

Main goal of the monitoring was to check whether wintering geese have already arrived in the region that is of key importance for the globally threatened species Red breasted goose (Branta ruficollis). Early in the morning on 6 December more than 500 Red breasted and 1000 White fronted geese (Anser albifrons) were observed flying north. Follow up monitoring of the fields in the close vicinity have led to observation of mixed flock of about 700 White fronted and more than 50 Red breasted geese. Other mixed flock numbering about 1500 geese was registered feeding in a field south of Krapets village.

During the monitoring several rare winter visitors in our country have been observed including the Velvet scoter (Melanitta fusca), Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata), Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) and Merlin (Falco columbarius). In the marine waters adjacent to the lake about 20 red-crested pochards (Netta rufina) were observed in a mixed flock with Coots. High numbers of Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) were recorded – more than 130 individuals. Local White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) pair was seen, too.
For additional information:
Dimitar Popov – tel.: 00359885108712, e-mail: dpopov@greenbalkans.org

Additional information:
Red-breasted Goose

The Red-breasted Goose is a globally endangered species, protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network. Bulgaria is an important country for the protection of the species - almost the entire world population spends the winter in the region of Primorska Dobrudzha.

Green Balkans
Hobby Tv
Natura 2000