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The first for the season Red-breasted and Lesser white-fronted geese are in Dobrogea
30.10.2014

Red-breasted Geese and Lesser white-fronted goose, photo: Daniel Mitev

Six Red-breasted Geese, 1 Lesser White-fronted Goose, 340 Greater White-fronted Geese, 5 Bewick’s Swan and 15 Whooper Swans were observed during field work by the “Safe Ground for Redbreasts” Conservation Officer Daniel Mitev. The birds were registered in a temporary wetland – flooded arable field due to rainfall levels near the village Senokos. Water area is larger than 200 acres, and the birds feed in the vicinity on spilled maze grain scattered after the recent harvest. In the pool were also observed different species of ducks, herons and waders.

The first flocks of geese for this winter season flew from the North on October 28 . They were spotted over Varna town and today they have already settled temporarily in different places that offer them appropriate conditions and food.

Up to 80-90% of the global population of Red-breasted Goose – the most threatened goose in the world, might winter in the country - in coastal Dobrogea. The BSPB has been working on the monitoring and the conservation of the species for over 25 years and currently is implementing the project "Safe Ground for Redbreasts", funded by the LIFE + Programme of the European Commission.

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Lesser White-fronted Goose and Greater White-fronted Geese, photo: Daniel Mitev