Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Special birds: White Stork

White Storks Ciconia ciconia breed throughout Eastern Europe from the Baltics to the Balkans. Often nesting on village rooftops, chimneys and telegraph-poles, they are a familar roadside sight from April to September. They spend the winter in Africa and the Middle East, the first birds often returning in March. Lithuania has around 13,000 pairs which, given the size of the country, translates as the highest breeding density of the species in the world. Poland has an estimated 40,000 pairs which is 25% of the global breeding population. In autumn large flocks gather in fields before heading off southwards to warmer climes. An estimated 250,000 pass along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast in late August into September.

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