Most storks nest in the province Varmin-Masurian province has flown away in recent days. Birds go to Africa. Most of the storks, still in the region, will spend the winter in southern Europe, said ornithologist Sebastian Minderski of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (PTOP).
“The storks took advantage of the past warm days and flew. But not all of them,” Sebastian Mindersky of PTOP told PAP. This organization deals with, among other things, the village of Żywkowo stork near the border with Russia.
The storks, who have already fled the area in flocks, are heading to the wintering areas of Africa. They will fly, among other things, through the Bosphorus and Turkey. “The fact that it is getting cold is not conducive to leaving, hail and rain require more energy from storks” – Mendersky told PAP. The storks, already on their way, will go to Central Africa, where they will not stay in one place and, as evidenced by GPS transmitters – will slowly migrate from place to place, feeding, among other things. Protein-rich locusts.
“Birds that are still in the area will probably fly away in September, but not to Africa, but to southern Europe, where they will end up in the winter” – Mendersky told PAP and added that these birds are likely to fly one by one. He admitted that the mild and warm winters of recent years mean that storks can easily wait out the winter in southern Europe.
Last summer was very good for storks nesting in the Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian – 57 young hatched in Okou (in 2017 there were 98 chicks – PAP), 45 occupied nests.
“Only one pair lived to see and raised four chicks, three had two pairs of storks, and the rest had one or two,” said Mendrsky.
Warmia and Mazury are the region where most of the country’s storks have been nesting for many years. (PAP)
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