Cultivation of partridges in the Moscow region
In the first days, the number of birds released was somewhat affected by stray cats and feathered predators. It happened that partridges broke about wires. But nowhere was the departure of a massive nature.
By ringing it was possible to establish that in most farms the birds did not go further 5-6 kilometers from the places of release. Only in the land, which was not very suitable for the life of partridges, were there isolated cases of these birds moving 15–40 and even 60 kilometers. From among the partridges released in the Dubna farm, many birds moved to the northern parts of the Dmitrovsky district, Moscow region, where, apparently, they were attracted by rugged terrain (Klinsko-Dmitrovskaya ridge).
Having settled near the places of release, most of the birds in the first week broke into pairs. The first nests were found in the middle of May, but nesting in birds began non-simultaneously. This cycle stretched from May to the end of June. In Vysokovsky hunting farm, for example, the beginning of egg-laying was noted on May 10, and in the Moscow Sea farm on June 3, although here and there partridges were produced simultaneously.
New settlers arranged their nests in different places, not avoiding the proximity of human habitation, highways and railways. In Konstantinov (Dubna farm) the nest was arranged in willow bushes on the garden plot. Not far from st. Pace ("Moscow Sea") nest marked near the railway in an open place in the low grass. Most often, the nests were found in bushes or on the edges of the forest near grain and clover fields; as a rule, they were arranged in natural grooves on the ground and slightly laid out last year's grass. Eggs in nests numbered from 7 to 17, usually 10-14 each.
In the Krivandinsky and Vysokovsky Farms, the first broods were recorded 8-9, on the "Moscow Sea" - 27-29 June. On June 17, in the Dubna farm, two adult birds were seen with 12 young, 4–5-day-olds, running along arable land, with rings glistening on the feet of both parents.
As shown by observations of nests in the enclosures and artificial incubation, the period of incubation of the bearded partridge was wounded for 24 days.
In June, July and August, broods were extremely cautious and kept along the fields of oats, buckwheat, flax, and clover. Aggregations of partridges, 2–3 broods, were noted in the fields with cabbage, where birds willingly ate caterpillars of cabbage butterflies. Several times saw partridges "bathing" in the dust of country roads.
The first brood that rose on the wing was marked on July 5 (Dubna farm); 3 partridges with a cry rose with their parents, and the others hid and flew up when they were approached closely. Since the beginning of the field harvesting, information about the bearded partridge began to come from everywhere. They were called "black-crested" birds or partridges with shiny rings on their legs.
The number of young birds in broods ranged from 9 to 12-15. But not all released birds multiplied. We saw adult partridges without offspring. Useful articles, true stories, slots reviews and personal experience you can find in this international casino blog. Also you will find the best bonus offers, freespins, cashback and much more.
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