VIDEO: Stork arrives at livestreamed nest

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A new inhabitant has arrived at the white stork nest atop a pole of the electricity distributor "Sadales tīkls" (ST), the company said March 30.

ST said that the large bird returned from the south on the afternoon of March 28 and had spent the first nights in its new home. The stork is setting up the interior and is going for food periodically.

In the meantime, there are discussions among the live stream viewers about whether the new occupant could be the same as last year's.

The last nesting season was a joyous one – everyone could watch storks care for and raise four chicks – from the first egg to the moment the young ones left their nest. The ornithologists acknowledged that last year's four-baby situation was very unusual, because mostly, one couple raises two young birds.

Latvia is home to 4% or approximately 13,500 white storks of the total population in the world. Approximately 75%, or 8,000, of the nests are located on power line support poles, which, due to the proximity of electricity, is not a very safe breeding site. It should be noted that the weight of the white stork nest is on average 400-600 kilograms, while the long-standing nests, particularly when wet, can weigh up to a tonne. To make nesting safer for both birds and the surrounding population and to minimize the risks of power supply outages, the ST continues to install base metal nests in the low-voltage electricity grid.

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