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The tagged Redbreast - © Green Balkans The story of this Redbreast started in February 2014 when the BSPB field team of the “Safe Ground for Redbreasts” saved the bird from a private home from NE Bulgaria in Kavarna. The bird was with cut off flight feathers so it was transported into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre managed by Green Balkans in the town of Stara Zagora. The bird stayed there for a year and had its feathers back in proper state to be released. [Read more]
Here is what colleague from ROS/BirdLife Romania report on the story about Decebal: After last summer was interrupted the signal from the transmitter mounted on Darko. This happened  in Russia, on the road to nesting territories of Siberia. The same thing happened this winter with our champion - Decebal. [Read more]
         A new report has been published by the SUtainable Waterbird Harvest SG of Wetlands International. This report shows that the EU Birds Directive and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement at the flyway level provide an adequate legal framework for sustainable management of waterbird populations. Nevertheless, despite the existence of an adequate legal framework, almost half of the populations of species listed on Annex II of the Birds Directive have a declining short-term trend and over half of them are listed in Columns A and B of AEWA, i.e. [Read more]
Colleaguse from Lithuania have recorded a Red-breatsed Goose on 24th March. The bird  was found among 15-20 thousand White-fronted geese (in the flock there were also Barnacle and Bean Geese). The bird was spotted by Darius Norkūnas and Daiva Norkūnienė, and later photographed by Boris Belchev. The Red-breasted was keeping all the time with one individual of White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) and later flushed by White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)  both birds flew together. [Read more]
Geese count in Bulgaria © Baz Highes/WWT The International Waterbird Census (IWC) has run since 1967 and today covers over 25,000 sites in more than 100 countries coordinated internationally by Wetlands International. In each country national coordinators work with a network of professional and amateur counters to provide waterbird counts to the IWC. [Read more]
© Nicky Petkov/BSPB On 6.12.2014 Hungarian colleagues Janos Tar and Jozsef Kecskes have recorded in National Park another Red-breasted Goose ringed by the Life 09/NAT/BG000230 "Safe Ground for Redbreasts" Project. This time it is an adult female bird with white ring with code “IN”. The female was caught during the last cannon netting in Bulgaria in February 2014 when 45 Redbreasts were colour ringed and 8 radio loggers and 4 satellite tags were fitted to some of the male birds. [Read more]
mixed flock with Redbreasts in Manych area in November - © Alexander Fedosov Recently we got news that at least 3800 Redbreasts were still hanging in the area of Manych in Kalmykia (Russia). Manych is a well known bottleneck site for the migration of the Red-breasted Goose population on its way to wintering grounds in NE Black Sea region. However in recent mild winters some birds remain till mid winter season or longer, as it was the case of December 2010 when black ice rain caused death for many Redbreasts caught in the cold spell in Kalmykia region. [Read more]
© Nicky Petkov/BSPB On 5th December Hungarian colleagues have observed a colour ringed Redbreast marked in Bulgaria out in the fields of Hortobagy National Park. The adult male Redbreast, ringed with yellow plastic ring “ZZ” by the Life 09/NAT/BG000230 "Safe Ground for Redbreasts" Project in February 2013 in the SPA “Shabla Lakes complex”, was observed feeding the Hortobagy National Park in Hungary amongst other geese species. [Read more]
Two globally threatned species in a flock in Hortobagy NP - © János Tar Our colleague Gyorgy Szimuly infromed on details about the high concentration of Redbreasts recently recorded in Hungary. On 6 November 1,733 Red-breasted Goose were counted. Most of the birds were found in the Hortobágy National Park in Eastern Hungary. A single flock of 581 birds and another big one of 412 birds were present on two fishpond. On the wetlands of the Old Lake of Tata and the Ferencmajor fishponds resulted 5 Red-breasted Geese, but this number has increased to 29 by today. [Read more]
photo: Nicky Petkov Decebal - the male Redbreast tagged with Romanian satellite tag in Bulgaria continues to amase us with its travel.  Recently Decebal made a formidable flight of 1800km in one go to approach its wintering destination of Western Black sea. Here is what Emo Todorov from ROS/BirdLife Romania reports: [Read more]


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