Posted on Sunday, May 16th, 2010
GBG Director David Waters is in Saratov, Russia monitoring this year's breeding season:
"Nests are being reported quite regularly now. Some are left with a buffer zone, but others are hopelessly damaged and the eggs rescued.
I found a nest before cultivation started which is a rare event. The tractor drivers have been alerted and we hope a big buffer zone can be created around this nest. I will try to observe it every two or three days and see if it is successful.
Migrants are still on the move. Yesterday we saw a Steppe Eagle and a flock of 5 Demoiselle Cranes. The Cranes appeared to have just arrived, and we were alerted to their presence by their calling as they circled overhead. I also saw the first Red-footed Falcons of the year. I saw several, and all were female. I wonder, do the females arrive first?"