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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...

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...

THE MONITORING OF WINTERING GEESE AT SHABLA AND DURANKULAK LAKES STARTED

06.11.2013

The first monitoring of the coastal lakes for this autumn-winter field season was held on November 2 , 2012. Monitoring is a key activity of the BSPB LIFE+ project "Safe grounds for Redbreasts" and will be performed every two weeks until the end of March. The presence of wild geese near Durankulak and Shabla Lake Complex is still quite modest. We observed only 17 Greater White-fronted and 3 Greylag geese at Durankulak Lake.   The results were as expected - in recent years when the first census in early November is done, geese are either an insignificant number or...

THE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATERS STOPPED THE CONSTRUCTION OF SMIN WIND FARM THREATENING THE BIRDS IN COASTAL DOBRUDZHA

23.10.2013

Part of the turbines were going to be located on the border of "Durankulak" SPA , which is fatal for the endangered Red-breasted Goose By a decision of 14 October 2013 the Minister of Environment and Water s cancel led theEnvironmental Impact Assessment ( EIA ) decision of the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water s - Varna, authorizing the construction of a wind farm menac ing the birds near Durankulak Lake . The cancellation came after a complaint by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) to the Ministry and...

ANOTHER REDBREASTED GOOSE HAS FALLEN VICTIM TO ILLEGAL SHOOTING

23.10.2013

We got sad news from our colleague and friend Alexey Timoshenko from Kazakhstan Association for Conservation of Biodiversity. He reported that one of the Redbreasts caught last February near Shabla SPA in Bulgaria was found shot in Kazakhstan near Koibagor lake IBA. The lake is a key stop over site for the Red-breasted Goose in Kazakhstan during its migration towards the wintering sites in Bulgaria and Romania. Koibagor was designated as Important Birds Area by BirdLife International amongst others due to its importance for the species migration. The bird with metal...

THE FIRST GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE ARE ALREADY AT SREBARNA LAKE

21.10.2013

Traditionally, Srebarna Lake is the first stop for the geese wintering in North-eastern Bulgaria on their way to their wintering grounds. This year however, the first flocks were registered a little bit earlier than expected - on the weekend of 19/20 October 2013, project conservation officer Daniel Mitev observed a flock of 110 Greater White-fronted and 400 Greylag geese in the surroundings of Srebarna Lake. We are now eager to welcome the first Red-breasted geese for this winter.