"Lesser kestrels - did you know that?" – a new campaign of Green Balkans

Mar 14, 2024
In 2024, we celebrate 10 years since the return of the Lesser kestrel to our country. This gives the team of the project "Life for the Lesser kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017, implemented by Green Balkans with the financial support of the LIFE program of the EU, an opportunity to tell a little more about the species and its peculiarities, as well as to share with you some interesting facts from the life of these falcons.
So, we're launching a new campaign "The Lesser kestrels - Did you know that...?" Every month we will tell you something interesting that is related to the life of the little falcons.

And…. we start in March!
March is the month when Lesser kestrels migrate and return from their winter quarters.
  • Lesser kestrels winter about 4,000 kilometers away from home, and the distance they fly is far greater, given the fact that they do not fly in a straight line;
  • The most preferred destinations for the winter break of the falcons are the countries of Nigeria, Niger and Chad;
  • They winter in the same places with other bird species from Bulgaria - Egyptian vulture, Golden eagle, etc.;
  • Sometimes during the migration they fly 1,000 km without rest in just about a day and maintain an average speed of 50 km per hour;
  • The migration route is strewn with many obstacles and vicissitudes - storms, hunger, predators, various influences from human activity - unsafe power grid, poaching, use of chemicals in agriculture;
  • The first Lesser kestrels return from migration every year at about the same time - at the very end of February and the first days of March!