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The youngster Pizho is on the move report the colleagues from Bulgaria-US Redbreasts Conservation Project

This year the Bulgaria-US Red-breasted Goose Conservation Project with the cooperation of the Life+Project “Safe Grounds for Redbreasts” equipped two new geese with satellite tags in 2014. Those birds were named Sir Peter Scott and Pizho. Sir Peter Scott is an adult male red breasted goose that was captured on 12th February 2014 near Durankulak Lake, Bulgaria. Pizho is a sub-adult two year old male red breasted goose that was captured on March 1, 2014 near Durankulak Lake, Bulgaria. Both birds were fitted with a 30g Argos/GPS/Solar PTT shortly after capture.

After his release on 1st March 2014, Pizho remained in Durankulak Lake fattening up for two more weeks in the cereal fields. On March 13, encouraged by the first warm spring temperatures, he departed from Durankulak.  Pizho made an amazing huge leap toward the Russian arctic and in only 24 hours he covered the distance of 1380 km without any stops, reaching the southeastern corner of the species bottle neck - Manych depression  on 14th March 2014. This incredible flight was done at an average speed of 70 km/h reaching 100 km/h in some stretches. Unfortunately he landed in a hunting area, just on the border of Kalmykia, which was out of the protected site.  On 22nd March 2014, after spending a week roaming in the  unsecured hunter’s location, Pizho, moved 75 km westwards reaching Manych-Gudilo depression and landed in the “Tzernie Zemli” Nature Reserve, an area out of hunting where Vasko (the RBG Vasko released last year by WWT/BSPB field team as part of the Safe Grounds for Redbreasts Project) was refueling there since 12th March 2014 and where Decebal and Darko (two other adult males RBG with tags by ROS/BirdLife Romania) were staging as well.

On 14th April, after spending a month fattening up at the stop-over location, Pizho left Manych-Gudilo depression (in Kalmykia), and made another leap toward the Russian Tundra. Just after midnight on 15th April he reached the huge Buluhta salty lake located 450 km NNW from Manych and 40 km from the Russia-Kazakhstan border. After refueling for some 10 days there Pizho made a new 1000km leap to Orenburg region of Russia close to the Kostanay region in Kazahstan where he stayed for few more days then he made it for Northern Kazakhstan region where he spent almost a month refueling and dwindling between the small wetlands dispersed in this part of Kazakhstan.

Now the Northworth migration continuews.Two days ago on 27th May Pizho started his journey northwards to the Russian Arctic again, reports Mr. Pavel Simeonov from Le Balkan Foundation. The goose is already 500km north in Russian territory and we are waiting to see when and where exactly he’ll go in the Arctic of Russia.

Pizho photogrpahed at his take off in Bulgaria
The last stage of Pizho move to the North
local movements of Pizho in Northern Kazakhstan