Observations of the Turnstone in Bulgaria. - D. Nankinov. - Berkut. 8 (2). 1999. P. 167-171.
Two decades ago the number of the Turnstones observed in Bulgaria was exceptionally low. The activation of the fieldwork research during the recent years has created the opportunity to collect enough material about the presence of the species in the coun try. Published data have been processed as well. We avail of information about 1387 Turnstones. The territory of Bulgaria is situated between the nesting and the wintering area of the Turnstones and they cross it regularly during the autumn and the sprin g migrations. The species is more numerous in autumn, especially in September, when half (49,46 %) of the observed individuals pass. As a spring migrant the Turnstone is less numerous. 18,60 % of the individuals pass in May. Some individuals remain on ou r reservoirs in summer and in winter as well. The most preferred habitats are the lake of Pomorie and the Atanasovsko Lake, where 90,12 % of the birds concentrate. These lakes are also the main places for moulting of the Turnstone in Bulgaria. [Russian].
Key words: Bulgaria, Turnstone, habitats, migration, numbers.
Address: Dimitar N. Nankinov, Institute of Zoology, BAS, Boul. "Tzar Osvoboditel" 1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria.