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RED-BREASTED GEESE IN SREBARNA LAKE, NOT MANY AT THE COAST
10.12.2013

In the end of last week a BSPB team conducted another monitoring of wintering geese in Coastal Dobrudzha and Srebarna Reserve.

On December 8, 2013, 467 Red-breasted Geese, 317 Greylag and over 20 000 Greater White-fronted geese were observed at Srebarna Lake. The number of Redbreasts is not significant, but is the highest for this field season in the reserve. The warmer weather in the region this autumn is still holding the birds to the north of the country. Except the geese, about 5000 ducks, mainly Mallards, find refuge in reserve.  They, like many other birds, will migrate south after a while or move along the Danube, as the marshland annually freezes during the coldest winter months.

The good news this time is that our team established no illegal hunting in the reserve. Obviously warding is already in place after the signals we submitted to RIEW and MoEW since the previous monitoring.

On the previous day (December 7, 2013) census of the wintering birds was done by the sea – Durankulak Lake, Shabla Lake Complex and Shabla Tuzla Lake. The results - only 3 Red-breasted geese, 20 Graylag and 50 White-fronted geese at Durankulak. The other bird species were not well represented either, the only interesting observation being that of 4 White-tailed eagles at Durankulak and 2 more at Srebarna.

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