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Spur-winged Lapwing visited Bourgas Lakes 04/23/2013

Spur-winged Lapwing was observed while feeding in a field near Mandra pond a few days ago. This is the fifth observation of the species in Bulgaria. The last one was in 2010 and the first – in the remote 1960. All the observations were made in the region of the Bourgas wetlands. It is interesting that 53 years ago the Spur-winged Lapwing was seen in Mandra pond and nowadays it visits the same place again.
Spur-winged Lapwing is a typical representative of Minor Asia. The species visits our country from time to time. The bird got its name because of a spur (a small claw) hidden in each of its wings. It is a very attractive species for the birdwatchers but this bird visits Europe accidently.
“Having in mind this observation Bourgas region takes the first place again”, said Petar Iankov. Bourgas possesses great opportunities for development of specialized tourism as it is the ornithological tourism. It could be an additional service to the traditional summer tourism that makes the town very popular in Europe and in the world.
The observation of rare birds is very important for birdwatchers. All of the observations are registered by Bulgarian National Rarities Committee (BUNARCО). This is an independent organ that keeps official register of the birds in Bulgaria. The observation of the Spur-winged Lapwing has already been reported to the Committee.
Spur-winged Lapwing was observed during the regular monitoring of the Bourgas Lakes implemented by Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds within the project “LIFE for the Bourgas Lakes” funded by EU program LIFE+.