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THE RED-BREASTED GEESE ARE ALREADY IN SREBARNA
18.11.2013

The first 120 Red-breasted geese for this autumn-winter season were observed during the regular monitoring of the Danubian wetland. The cold spell from the north has increased the number of White-fronted geese at Srebarna to 6000. Some 130 of the 452 Greylag geese reported two weeks ago, were seen again. What is interesting is that the geese seem to have temporarily abandoned their usual roost near the dike in the northern part of the reserve and spend the night near the road. The most likely reason is the illegal shooting within the reserve that we registered during our previous visit.

The migration of songbirds from the north is going on - many Song Thrushes, Hawfinches, Bramblings and 4 Bullfinches for color! The island in the Danube River opposite the lake provided 11 Dalmatian Pelicans and over 100 Caspian Gulls.

 In the coastal wetlands Durankulak Lake and Shabla Lake Complex the presence of wild geese is still symbolic - 1 Red-breasted, 30 Graylag and 10 Greater White-fronted geese. Here we can mention the unusual observation of three Tundra Bean Geese south of Durankulak seen the previous day (15 November 2013) . Currently, the number of geese in the area is still many times lower than that in the Svishtov- Belene lowlands or beyond the Romanian border. The cold spell it is a fact however, and at the next census after 2 weeks we can expect a lot more birds.

Besides the geese, near Durankulak Lake we observed a White-tailed Eagle, a Peregrine Falcon and another large falcon that remained unidentified (see the photo), while in the sea near Shabla Lake there were 17 Yelcouan Shearwaters.

Updates from the regular monitoring of wintering geese in Coastal Dobrudja, which is held every two weeks as part of the project LIFE + "Safe ground for Redbreasts" are available at:http://bspb-redbreasts.org/?page_id=772

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