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Storks in winter

Storks in winter

10.01.2011

According to some of them, it is already old and thus abandoned by the flock, according to others, the bird must have got lost or it is probably one of the partners in a local pair that hasn’t overcome the death of the other partner. Many people ascribe the “phenomenon” even to global warming. In fact, all these suggestions must be regarded as myths, for they are not based on the truth.

Indeed, for unknown reasons, some storks do stay on our territory in the winter. They could be local or migratory birds that come from northern countries and usually choose places where they can feed – most often an unfrozen reservoir or a river. When it gets too cold and especially when the food source – the river or the reservoir – freezes, the bird moves southward. This could be explained: storks make the so called “food migration”, i.e. they move southward, because they have nothing to eat here. Frogs, lizards, rodents and insects are not found in winter, so our white friends have to migrate southward where this “food” is in abundance at that time of the year. And if you can find what to eat nearby, why should you go so far away?

Experts’ advice:
Don’t worry, if you see a healthy flying white stork during the winter months! If the bird is not injured, there’s no reason to worry. However, you’d better contact us and describe the case, so that we could decide, if it refers to a white stork, wintering in Bulgaria, or to a bird in distress.

You can call us on:
+359 886570053 – Hristina Klisurova
+359 885228486 – Lyubomila Krivoshieva
+359 896662726, (042) 607741 – Wildlife Rescue Centre

For additional information:
Hristina Klisurova - Wildlife Rescue Centre
Mobile phone: 0886570053, e-mail: hhristova@greenbalkans.org