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A new female breeding at the only known Saker Falcon nest site in Bulgaria!

A new female breeding at the only known Saker Falcon nest site in Bulgaria!

19.06.2020
An observation by the Green Balkans team of the only known pair of Saker Falcons in the wild in Bulgaria revealed that a new female has laid eggs this year, replacing the original female that bred for at least the previous two years! This happens in the wild, and, unfortunately, among the possible causes is the death of the missing female.
 
We remind you that the nest site was originally found in 2018 by our colleagues from BSPB. In 2018 and 2019 the same pair bred at the site, both being birds hatched and released in 2015 by the Rescue Center.
 
The new female was hatched in the Czech Republic by our friend Ljuboš Vanek and released by the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Center within the 'Reintroduction of the Saker Falcon in Bulgaria' project in 2016.
 
The bird was identified as a female in the breeding programme, but determining sex of nestlings can be problematic, using various measurements of body parts, as females are typically larger than males.
 
Although the loss of the original female is sad, the observation of the new female shows that as a result of the long-term activity of the Green Balkans in the restoration of the species in our country, dating back to 2010, there are already birds in our nature looking for breeding partners and nesting sites.
 
All this information is thanks to the rings with which the birds are marked and released within the program annually!
 
The presence of a pair and the appearance of a new bird in it is proof that the method we use is successful and gives results. That the direction we took at the Green Balkans so many years ago is the right one, and that the effort is rewarded, as long as you are persistent enough and believe in what you are doing.
 
We would like to thank everyone who supported us and continues to support us so far!

The 'Reintroduction of the Saker Falcon in Bulgaria' project is financed by Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund and  Armeec JSC.