Uchsin Saker Falcon Who Took Part in Saker Falcon Restoration Project in Russia, Died in China
The female Saker falcon (Falco cherrug) named Uchsin (Let’s fly in Altain language) was found dead in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. Uchsin was a part of the first ever Russian project on resurrection of Altai colour morph of Saker falcon implemented by WWF Russia and partners. She had GPS tracker trapped to the back that had been sending scientists data about the bird’s whereabouts and habits. Uchsin was one of three young Saker falcons that had the trackers placed on them last summer in Republic of Altai in Russia close to Mongolian border.
The ornithologists claim that the Saker falcon was affected by power line. A high voltage power line stretched over the site where the bird was found. Nearby, a giant pylon, its insulators missing, stood impassively, its circuits exposed to air. The experts discovered that Uchsin had serious leg and wing traumas. About a week she tried to move across the area and later died of hunger and exhaustion.
Uchsin was a native chick of the pair of Saker falcons in the Republic of Altai, Russia (the area close to Mongolian border). Along with two other chicks she had a tracker placed last summer. Unfortunately the first trackers stopped sending signals and another chick with a tracker was killed by an owl right on the nest. Uchsin was the only one left with the tracker. The experts have been following the migratory rout of the bird for several months through the signal of the tracker. Uchsin spent a month in Mongolia near the Nairamdal Peak (4374 above sea level) and went to China. Having become familiar with the local high mountains the bird moved for hundreds kilometers to Gobi Desert and flew to Tibet Plateau.
In 2017 WWF Russian supported by the World Around You Foundation of the Siberian Health Corporation started the unique project on Saker falcon restoration in Altai-Sayan Ecoregion. Ten chicks from captivity all 20-days-old were placed into the nests of wild Saker falcons in different regions of Sothern Siberia, key falcon habitat in Russia. All chicks were successfully “adopted”, well fed and brought up by wild falcons regardless of their origin, colour and size. The project proved to be successful.