Wintering White Stork arrives at the Rescue Center

Wintering White Stork arrives at the Rescue Center

He was captured a day earlier near Kazanlak.

A review of an unusual patient for this time of year showed that the bird has bruises on the right wing and the soles of both feet. Apart from that his condition is satisfactory, and no clinical signs of disease.

So Ivan, the Stork, will remain in the ICU Center for ten days, after which we hope he will be in great shape. In any case, we will keep him with us until the spring, when we will release him near at
a pond nearby.

In fact the admission of Ivan the Stork at the Center gives us an opportunity to open a topic that we always discuss at this time of year - namely, the presence of wintering White Storks in our Country.

Every winter the Wildlife Rescue Center recieves many calls about "distressed" white storks. Concerned people call worried that in the midst of winter, they have seen a lone White Stork.
Some say he is old and has abandoned the flock, others that he is a young bird is confused, and they also say that the bird was part of a pair that could not overcome the death of his partner. Many others attribute this "phenomenon" to global warming. In fact, all these assumptions are rather "urban legends" and have nothing to do with the truth.

Some Storks remain in Winter in our land, they can be local or migrate from northern countries. We can not say exactly what causes it, although it is possible to some extent be due to temporary illness, or mild trauma. Either way they are flying birds, mostly in a satisfactory condition.

They usually choose places where they can eat – mostly an unfrozen lake or river. And when it gets too cold, especially for the food source – the river or lake freezes and the bird moves southward

And there is an explanation. Storks do so-called "food migration." I.e. They migrate south because here there is nothing to eat. Frogs, lizards, rodents, insects do not occur in the winter, and our white friends have to migrate to "hot countries" where at the this time they are in abundance.

In summary, Seeing Storks in Winter is not always of concern.However, it is desirable, for the public to contact us so we can establish whether the bird is "wintering" in Bulgaria, or a destitute bird.

Contact can be made either to the Green Blakans or your Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water in the area where you are.

Hristina Klisurova - Veterinarian
PR rescue center for wild animals
e-mail:; Mobile phone: 0886570053