What bird is considered as a symbol of Belarus? Beginning
in the spring and finishing late summer, in the sky of the Belarusian villages thousands of storks twisting nests on roofs of rural farmsteads rise. Locals often construct platforms on roofs or columns that it was more convenient to birds to nest.
To Belarus on a gnezdovya the huge number of storks arrives. On the area of 100 square kilometers, and it is only a small square with the party 10 kilometers, about 100 couples can lodge. A stork - a symbol of Belarus. In large villages not one ten nests can be placed.
Storks winter in the warm regions, speak, reach even the Republic of South Africa, but in March come back home. After difficult travel to several thousands of kilometers males without any problems find a last year`s nest. Several days later females, companions throughout all life join them. At once repair of a nest, and only then pairing and a laying of eggs which males and females hatch out serially begins.
Baby birds appear a month later. For parents busy season begins. It is hard to support little gluttons worms and insects. In two months baby birds feather and try to fly up.
Storks do not sing. Them “ song “ - clicking by a beak. Even baby birds try, imitating parents, to exchange words thus in spite of the fact that their beaks still soft for the real clicking. Sounds are distributed from nests every morning and evening. Locals can cost without alarm clock, storks will wake with sunrise.
Large beautiful birds live only where there is a food. The safe place for a nest is only part of a stork problem, it is necessary to eat and bring up baby birds. Once birds lodged on forest trees. But as bogs were drained, and the food supply was reduced, storks even more often began to lodge near the person. They are fed in fields and on pastures. In a nekosheny high grass of wild fields it is much more difficult to look for insects, than on an arable land or haymakings and pastures where the grass is shorter.
Birds got used to look for livelihood on agricultural grounds and willingly lodge side by side with the person. Even official researches of ornithologists call nested biotopes of a white stork of the estate of the person and their next vicinities at floodplains and open bogs.
However, it does not mean that the stork absolutely weaned from independent life. Sight of Bialowieza Forest is the colony of white storks at the village of Babinets. A secret of appeal of a colony not only in quantity “ inhabitants “ but also that nests are located not on artificial platforms as it usually happens at the dwelling of the person, and on lateral branches of trees that gives special color. There is even a unique tree on which eight nests of a white stork are located.
Only the strongest young storks will be able to take part in autumn migration. Because of the competition between baby birds weaker often drop out of a nest and do not survive. Parents never give them help. On the contrary, at a lack of food can push out from a nest of an excess baby bird.
In heart of any Belarusian the special place is allocated to storks who are called here by buslam. Many beliefs, signs and traditions are connected with them. Storks - part of rural life. Most of inhabitants wish to have a nest at itself over a roof. They say that storks bring spring therefore people connect with the feathery neighbors only good.]