The Lesser Kestrels have returned to Stara Zagora!

Feb. 26, 2024
After Sakar, the Lesser Kestrels have also returned near Stara Zagora. That is what was reported from our colleagues from project “Life for Lesser Kestrel” LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017, implemented by Green Balkans and financed by Programme LIFE of the EU.

 It turned out that this was the earliest return to the colony in Stara Zagora since it existed! This year, the first to arrive from the south was a male. The very same day, our traveler began to eat and occupied his old nest!
The story of the female Falcon is very interesting!
On the next day, however, he was joined by a female. And not just that, we also witnessed the first copulation of the season.
We found out, for example, that she is not last year's partner of the male bird. In 2023 she returned too late from migration, as a result of which she did not form a pair, but she helped two single mothers raise their offspring!
But this year the bird has learned its lesson and she early, early flew to the native colony. So early, that she is the first female returned to date.

And meanwhile in the colony of the Lesser Kestrel in the Sakar village of Levka, where was registered the first return of the species of 2024, the birds are already 4 – 2 females and 2 males!
We remind you, that in Bulgaria, since the return of the species in 2014, to date we have three known colonies of Lesser Kestrels, two of which - the one in Levka and the one in Stara Zagora, created by Green Balkans.