1200 Lesser kestrels have been ringed so far, as part of the activities of the Green Balkans to restore the species in our country

Jul 07, 2022
A few days ago, the 1200th ring for Lesser kestrels was placed, since the start of our activities with the species. With it, within the "Life for Lesser Kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017 project, a chick hatched at the Rescue Center of the Green Balkans was marked.

Along with the newly hatched ones at the Center, over the years, rings have also been placed on wild young and adult birds that our team has managed to catch.

In addition to rings, some of the kestrels are also marked with satellite and radio transmitters. This innovative method is one of the most reliable ways to track the life and migration of Lesser Kestrels, and for now, for this species, in Bulgaria, it is practised only by the Green Balkans team.

Why do we ring birds?
As we like to say, the ring is the bird's passport. It is marked with a series of numbers, as well as the country or city where the relevant institution coordinating the ringing is located. Each ring, after placement, is described in a detailed database. Thus, wherever it is found in the world, it will be easy and quick to find out - where the bird was ringed, how long it lived, as well as its approximate migration route. In fact, it is one of the oldest, cheapest and still valid marking methods that ornithologists use.

Of course, the team of the "Life for Lesser Kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017 project funded by the EU LIFE program will continue to tag birds of this species in the future. Thus, we will have more opportunities to follow the success of our work, namely - the return of the species to our country.