One day trip with Bill Adams

Trip report 2015-07-07

Observed species list
1 Hazel Grouse – Tetrastes bonasia
2 Grey Partridge – Perdix perdix
3 Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
4 Whooper Swan – Cygnus cygnus
5 Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
6 White Stork – Ciconia ciconia
7 Little Bittern – Ixobrychus minutus
8 Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
9 Great Egret – Ardea alba
10 Great Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo
11 White-tailed Eagle – Haliaeetus albicilla
12 Western Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus
13 Montagu’s Harrier – Circus pygargus
14 Eurasian Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
15 Lesser Spotted Eagle – Clanga pomarina
16 Eurasian Hobby – Falco subbuteo
17 Water Rail – Rallus aquaticus
18 Eurasian Coot – Fulica atra
19 Northern Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
20 Common Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
21 Green Sandpiper – Tringa ochropus
22 Wood Sandpiper – Tringa glareola
23 Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
24 Common Tern – Sterna hirundo
25 Whiskered Tern – Chlidonias hybrida
26 Rock Dove – Columba livia
27 Common Wood Pigeon – Columba palumbus
28 European Turtle Dove – Streptopelia turtur
29 Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major
30 European Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis
31 Red-backed Shrike – Lanius collurio
32 Eurasian Jay – Garrulus glandarius
33 Eurasian Magpie – Pica pica
34 Northern Raven – Corvus corax
35 Marsh Tit – Poecile palustris
36 Crested Tit – Lophophanes cristatus
37 Great Tit – Parus major
38 Eurasian Penduline Tit – Remiz pendulinus
39 Eurasian Skylark – Alauda arvensis
40 Common House Martin – Delichon urbicum
41 Common Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita
42 Great Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus arundinaceus
43 Eurasian Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus scirpaceus
44 Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
45 Garden Warbler – Sylvia borin
46 Common Whitethroat – Sylvia communis
47 Goldcrest – Regulus regulus
48 Eurasian Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes
49 Common Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
50 Common Blackbird – Turdus merula
51 Fieldfare – Turdus pilaris
52 Mistle Thrush – Turdus viscivorus
53 Black Redstart – Phoenicurus ochruros
54 Whinchat – Saxicola rubetra
55 Spotted Flycatcher – Muscicapa striata
56 House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
57 Eurasian Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
58 Western Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava
59 Citrine Wagtail – Motacilla citreola
60 White Wagtail – Motacilla alba
61 Tree Pipit – Anthus trivialis
62 Common Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
63 Eurasian Bullfinch – Pyrrhula pyrrhula
64 Yellowhammer – Emberiza citrinella
65 Common Reed Bunting – Emberiza schoenicl

As promised here is a recommendation for you as a guide that you may display as you see fit:

Boris was personable and knowledgeable. He was diligent and successful in finding birds on my wish list as well as
providing me with an enjoyable day of birding. I highly recommend him.

Bill Adams

One day trip with Bill A.

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – Day 9

We started with a morning walk. During the night storm passed over and there was a North wind blowing. So not many song birds were heard. But good wind direction and soon I spotted a superb male Red-footed Falcon. We also heard Barred and Eastern Olivaceus Warblers, Lesser Spotted and  Syrian Woodpeckers, Black-headed Bunting were seen too. A Roe Deer run by the group. We walked back for breakfast and had a Sand Martin on the wires. Soon afterwards we sat in the van and headed towards the furthest destination on our route the bird paradise place – Durankulak lake.
Here we had a short glimpse at Paddyfield Warbler, Bearded Tit and Temmincks Stint. Later on we were lucky to see many more birds including 4 Red-footed Falcons, Black, White-Winged, Whiskered and a superb Gull-billed Tern flying over us. Little Egret, Squacco and Purple Herons. Some waders were seen too: Curlew and Wood Sandpipers, Redshank, Greenshak, Ruff and Sanderlings.
Some of the participants said that this is the best birding place they had ever been. After all we saw here more than 40 species. We had some good birding and we had to check the camping where as usual we found some interesting stuff Red-breasted, Pied, Spotted, Semi- and Collared Flycatchers. Also Willow Warbler and Blackcap. Afterwards we headed to Shabla for lunch and to the next last major stop at our field trip Shablenska Tuzla. Here we started with a short walk around the camping too. We had a better view of Barred Warbler and some other good birds. We went by the lake at distance we could see many Ferruginous Ducks, Mute Swan pair with 12 recently hatched chicks, Garganey male, Little Grebe, a Citrine Wagtail flew over, a Savi’s Warbler was singing it’s trilling song from the opposite shore. We try to get closer but it was not to be seen. After all we headed to the beach for some sea watching. We took of shoes and some even got to the sea for a extreme dip in still cold waters of Black Sea. It was time to drove back to the hotel. We let the participants to choose what to do until the end of the day and enjoy the nice weather at the steppes. We had last dinner together and need rest as next morning was planned as a transfer to Sofia and for Hans even to the airport. What a nice trip it was, we couldn’t get better than previous years but with some effort we managed to see about 224 species in 10 days. Later I will add some photos and a final checklist for the trip for this year:

Mute Swan
Ruddy Shelduck
Common Shelduck
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Garganey
Red-crested Pochard
Common Pochard
Ferruginous Duck
Chukar
Grey Partridge
Ring-necked Pheasant
Black-throated Diver
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Yelkouan Shearwater
Black Stork
White Stork
Great Cormorant
European Shag
Pygmy Cormorant
Great White Pelican
Dalmatian Pelican
Great Bittern
Little Bittern
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
Great Egret
Little Egret
Squacco Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Eurasian Spoonbill
Egyptian Vulture
European Honey-buzzard
Eurasian Griffon
Short-toed Eagle
Lesser Spotted Eagle
Booted Eagle
Imperial Eagle
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Levant Sparrowhawk
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
White-tailed Eagle
Common Buzzard
Long-legged Buzzard
Water Rail
Eurasian Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Stone Curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Pied Avocet
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Grey Plover
Northern Lapwing
Kentish Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Common Greenshank
Wood Sandpiper
Common Redshank
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruff
Curlew Sandpiper
Temminck’s Stint
Sanderling
Dunlin
Little Stint
Common Snipe
Collared Pratincole
Parasitic Skua
Slender-billed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
Little Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern
Whiskered Tern
Common Tern
Sandwich Tern
Rock Pigeon
Stock Dove
Common Wood-Pigeon
European Turtle-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Common Cuckoo
European Scops-Owl
Eurasian Eagle-Owl
Little Owl
Long-eared Owl
Alpine Swift
Common Swift
Pallid Swift
Common Kingfisher
European Bee-eater
European Roller
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Wryneck
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Syrian Woodpecker
Black Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Gray-faced Woodpecker
Eurasian Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Eurasian Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Gray Shrike
Masked Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Eurasian Penduline-Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Eurasian Nuthatch
Wallcreeper
Short-toed Treecreeper
Eurasian Wren
White-throated Dipper
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Cetti’s Warbler
Willow Warbler
Common Chiffchaff
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler
Wood Warbler
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Olive-tree Warbler
Paddyfield Warbler
Eurasian Reed-Warbler
Great Reed-Warbler
Savi’s Warbler
Blackcap
Barred Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Eastern Orphean Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Greater Whitethroat
Spotted Flycatcher
European Robin
Thrush Nightingale
Common Nightingale
European Pied Flycatcher
Collared Flycatcher
Semi-collared Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Common Redstart
Black Redstart
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush
Blue Rock-Thrush
Whinchat
European Stonechat
Northern Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Ring Ouzel
Eurasian Blackbird
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
European Starling
Dunnock
Black headed Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Tawny Pipit
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Rock Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Black-headed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting
Common Chaffinch
Eurasian Bullfinch
European Greenfinch
Eurasian Siskin
European Goldfinch
Eurasian Linnet
European Serin
Hawfinch
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Barn swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Houses martin
Crag martin
Jay
Jackdaw
Raven
Hooded Crow
Crested Lark
Calandra Lark
Skylark
Tengmalm’s Owl
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue tit
Sombre Tit
Magpie
Woodlark
Greater Short-toed Lark
Marsh Tit
Steppe Buzzard
Sand martin
Red-necked Grebe
Penduline Tit
Woodcock
Rook
Bearded Tit

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – Day 8

We started with an early sunrise walk with few of the students at 5:30 a.m. we enjoy it and soon others joined. We continue with some see watching until it was time for breakfast.  Nothing new was seen, but it was still nice morning. After breakfast we headed to the cape Kaliakra for some birding. We were welcomed by the Pied Wheatear, female Black-headed Buntings and a superb male Red-breasted Flycatcher. In the sea not much to find, but still worth the effort. We spent 3 hours birding in the area and headed back to the next area at Bolata PA. We checked the sea again and headed to the valley. We had a great view of Great Reed Warbler, Golden Oriol, Common Cuckoo and heard a Little Grebe. The weather suddenly changed and we were able to get back to the van just before the rain started. So we headed for lunch. We spent some time in the restaurant and soon the weather quickly improved and we drove to very nice steppe area, here we had a great view at Stone Curlew, Long-legged Buzzard, Woodchat Shrike, Kestrel and Golden Oriol. This was a road to the resort Rusalka so we checked the sea and a lagoon once again. Nothing special, but as weather improved we had one more walk to the area around the hotel. We looked specially for Mediterranean Shearwater for Hakun as he was about to leave earlier…
The checklist for the day:
Mallard
Ring-necked Pheasant
Black-throated Diver
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Yelkouan Shearwater
White Stork
Great Cormorant
European Shag
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Long-legged Buzzard
Eurasian Coot
Stone Curlew
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Common Snipe
Parasitic Skua
Mediterranean Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Common Tern
Sandwich Tern
Rock Pigeon
Common Wood-Pigeon
European Turtle-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Common Cuckoo
Little Owl
Alpine Swift
Common Swift
European Bee-eater
Eurasian Hoopoe
Syrian Woodpecker
Eurasian Kestrel
Eurasian Hobby
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Gray Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Willow Warbler
Common Chiffchaff
Great Reed-Warbler
Blackcap
Barred Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Greater Whitethroat
Common Nightingale
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Black Redstart
Whinchat
Northern Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear
Eurasian Blackbird
European Starling
Black headed Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
Tawny Pipit
Black-headed Bunting
Corn Bunting
Common Chaffinch
European Greenfinch
Eurasian Siskin
European Goldfinch
Eurasian Linnet
Hawfinch
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Barn swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Houses martin
Jay
Jackdaw
Hooded Crow
Crested Lark
Calandra Lark
Skylark
Great Tit
Blue tit
Magpie
Woodlark
Greater Short-toed Lark

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – Day 7

We started with a morning walk to the new harbor.  We saw there the black-throated diver and grebes, a close view at three Squacco heron and a gorgeous Eastern Olivaceus Warbler. Soon it was time for breakfast and afterwards we headed to Diulynski mountain pass. Here beautiful male Ortolan Bunting and we heard first for the trip Willow Warbler. Unfortunately no migration.  We drove downhill and made one more stop. Barred Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Golden oriol, Green Woodpecker,Short-toed eagles, Hawfinches and on the end a surprising female Red-footed Falcon flew over. Soon we drove to the nature reserve Kamchya. A Black Woodpecker and Semi-collared Flycatcher, Wren were the highlights here.  As on the way I spotted few Lapwings we stop at the flooded plain. Soon we spotted a pair of Stonechats, Yellow Wagtail, Great White Egret and the species of the day so far three Gull-billed Terns. We continue to the lunch site and afterwards we didn’t make any other stops until Varna where we spotted a Levant Sparrowhawk.  A flushed Grey Partridge crossed the road in front of the van. We soon reached the Eagle owl site we watched from the bus as we didn’t want to disturb it. After this short stop we continue to the last natural steppe. Here I quickly found two and later one more Stone Curlews. A Short-toed, Calandra and Skylarks were seen too.We headed to check-in at the last hotel. After that we had plenty of time for an evening session. We saw many bird a at Black sea including Mediterranean Shearwater, Shags, Arctic Skua and Divers.Soon we headed back for dinner. The checklist:

Common Shelduck
Black-throated Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Yelkouan Shearwater
Black Stork
White Stork
Great Cormorant
European Shag
Great Egret
Squacco Heron
Short-toed Eagle
Lesser Spotted Eagle
Booted Eagle
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
Levant Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Stone Curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Northern Lapwing
Parasitic Skua
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Sandwich Tern
Rock Pigeon
Stock Dove
European Turtle-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Common Cuckoo
Eurasian Eagle-Owl
Alpine Swift
Common Swift
European Bee-eater
European Roller
Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Wryneck
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Syrian Woodpecker
Black Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Eurasian Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Gray Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Eurasian Nuthatch
Short-toed Treecreeper
EurasianWren
Cetti’sWarbler
Willow Warbler
Common Chiffchaff
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Blackcap
Barred Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Greater Whitethroat
European Robin
Common Nightingale
Semicollared Flycatcher
European Stonechat
Pied Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Eurasian Blackbird
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
European Starling
Black headed Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
Tawny Pipit
Cirl Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Black-headed Bunting
Corn Bunting
Common Chaffinch
European Greenfinch
European Goldfinch
Eurasian Linnet
Hawfinch
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Houses martin
Jay
Jackdaw
Raven
Hooded Crow
Crested Lark
Calandra Lark
Skylark
Great Tit
Blue tit
Magpie
Woodlark
Greater Short-toed Lark
Sand martin
Woodcock

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – DAY 6

We started with a morning walk by the sea side, we had a nice flock of Black-throated Diver just before we gather. We went by the shore to see more Divers, Little Terns, many Common Nightingales and Blackcaps were singing all around.  We found about 7 Black-necked Grebes and few more species before breakfast.  And we drove straight to the first location at Vaya lake. We were welcomed by the sad song of the Penduline Tit. In the lake high water and not so many birds, but still we had Black, Common and Little Terns, Night Herons, White Pelicans in good numbers gathering hight over the hill against the lake, also Great Crested Grebes were very numerous. We try another stop by the lake, but only difference was that we had a grass snake eating a fish. So we drove all around the lake to the opposite end, where the lake was flooding some area. As we step out of the van a Water Rail flush from about few meters. Again the high waters keep a low number of birds. Some migration was passing over. At the very end we had a massive flock of Whiskered and Black Terns. Nothing more exciting where found so we continue to the next area, when suddenly a Little Bittern flushed from the reeds. We drove to the hide at Atanasovsko Lake South. Here we collect many wader species like Curlew Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Little Stint, Sanderling, Ruffs, Dunlin, Avocets and Black-winged Stilt. We had the lunch here, joking and laughing at the end… it was time to visit the North part of the reserve. Here our target was quickly found a few Collared Pratincoles were observed. Also a fresh nest of the Penduline tits was found and Cetti’s Warbler were active. After we saw that here the water level was very high so no waders were found. Only few Garganey and few other birds seen. We were heading back to the van we heard a Great Bittern and gorgeous male Golden Oriol. We continue to the next area at Museum of the salt. A close up view with Little Tern hovering just few meters above. A high water level is keeping low number of birds. Sandwich Tern colony was even flooded too. A few pairs of Avocets were in the nests just 10-15 m from the path.
We went back and drove to the north part of the salt pans. Here we saw some more terns. Second time today Sand Martins. We had all the marsh terns species here. So participants were enjoying the view. We moved to next location further north and check the salt pans around the road. In first we had a lot of waders, the first for the trip Ringed Plovers, also Little Stint, Ruff, Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlins. And this was what we get found until the last pond where I managed to find a gorgeous Temmincki’s Stints. And we decided to check the sea as it was getting late and everyone was tired. We first thought there is nothing to sea. But Anders didn’t loose his time and found first – black-throated diver and with excitement he found another bird…it was not in the list even. A fabulous full breeding plumage Red-throated grebe. What a better end of one more day at the field with 190 species so far and 102 at today….

Here is a checklist for today:

1.Mute Swan
2.Ruddy Shelduck
3.Common Shelduck
4.Gadwall
5.Mallard
6.Garganey
7.Common Pochard
8.Black-throated Diver
9.Great Crested Grebe
10.Black-necked Grebe
11.Black Stork
12.White Stork
13.Great Cormorant
14.Pygmy Cormorant
15.Great White Pelican
16.Great Bittern
17.Little Bittern
18.Gray Heron
19.Purple Heron
20.Great Egret
21.Little Egret
22.Black-crowned Night-Heron
23.Eurasian Spoonbill
24.European Honey-buzzard
25.Lesser Spotted Eagle
26.Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
27.Common Buzzard
28.Water Rail
29.Eurasian Moorhen
30.Eurasian Coot
31.Black-winged Stilt
32.Pied Avocet
33.Eurasian Oystercatcher
34.Grey Plover
35.Kentish Plover
36.Common Ringed Plover
37.Little Ringed Plover
38.Common Sandpiper
39.Spotted Redshank
40.Common Greenshank
41.Whimbrel
42.Ruddy Turnstone
43.Ruff
44.Curlew Sandpiper
45.Temminck’s Stint
46.Sanderling
47.Dunlin
48.Little Stint
49.Collared Pratincole
50.Slender-billed Gull
51.Black-headed Gull
52.Mediterranean Gull
53.Yellow-legged Gull
54.Little Tern
55.Black Tern
56.White-winged Black Tern
57.Whiskered Tern
58.Common Tern
59.Sandwich Tern
60.Rock Pigeon
61.Stock Dove
62.Common Wood-Pigeon
63.Eurasian Collared-Dove
64.Common Cuckoo
65.Common Swift
66.Syrian Woodpecker
67.Eurasian Kestrel
68.Red-backed Shrike
69.Lesser Gray Shrike
70.Eurasian Golden Oriole
71.EurasianPenduline-Tit
72.Cetti’sWarbler
73.Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
74.Eurasian Reed-Warbler
75.Great Reed-Warbler
76.Blackcap
77.Greater Whitethroat
78.Common Nightingale
79.EuropeanStarling
80.White Wagtail
81.Corn Bunting
82.Common Chaffinch
83.European Greenfinch
84.Eurasian Siskin
85.European Goldfinch
86.Eurasian Linnet
87.Hawfinch
88.House Sparrow
89.Spanish Sparrow
90.Eurasian Tree Sparrow
91.Barn swallow
92.Red-rumped Swallow
93.Houses martin
94.Jackdaw
95.Hooded Crow
96.Crested Lark
97.Skylark
98.Great Tit
99.Magpie
100.Sand martin
101.Red-necked Grebe
102.Penduline Tit

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – Day 5

We started with a morning session, we were already out taking pictures of Lesser-spotted and Middle spotted Woodpeckers.We join the rest of the group at 7 a.m. as it was planned last evening. Semi-collared Flycatcher was our main bird to see and as it was common in the area was found almost all over the forest. We were enjoying the time when a member of our group Desi noticed an unusual behavior of a bird. A dark bird was foraging on the track surrounded by 10 birders about 5 m away. It was a Thrush Nightingale. In the woodland we also added Wood Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Wood Lark and Black Woodpecker.
After the breakfast with grilled sandwiches with ham and cheese we check out. At our first stop for 5 min and we saw our first White and Dalmatian Pelicans. Another group of White Pelicans seen from a distance.
About 10 min later Iordan noticed that there is intense bird migration and we stopped the van. A flock of more than 50 Black Storks, was followed by 50 Lesser-spotted Eagles, about 20 Honey Buzzards, 10 Common Buzzards, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, and Steppe Buzzard. The “cherry of the ice-cream” was an adult White tailed Eagle with a fish in its talons. Short-toed eagles also joined the group. We had a flock with more than five raptor species at the same time. The bird migration stopped for a while, so we drove to a planned site for some waterfowl observation.
Around the lakes we spotted our first Glossy Ibises, Purple Herons, Night Heron, and more migrating raptors. Later on the bird migration continued with more Lesser-spotted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, Honey Buzzards, Marsh Harriers, and Levant sparrowhawks.
After lunch we had a walk the trail at Poda reserve, managed by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds. I found two pairs of Red-crested Pochards and Spoonbills and Pygmy Cormorants at their colony. A Long-eared Owl had a nest next to the colony of Spoonbills, Purple Heron, Squacco Herons, Little Egrets, Night Herons and Pygmy Cormorants. We had more than 200 Lesser spotted Eagles and 11 birds of prey species, and here is the full checklist of birds seen today:

1.Mute Swan
2.Common Shelduck
3.Gadwall
4.Mallard
5.Northern Shoveler
6.Garganey
7.Red-crested Pochard
8.Common Pochard
9.Ferruginous Duck
10.Little Grebe
11.Great Crested Grebe
12.Black Stork
13.White Stork
14.Great Cormorant
15.Pygmy Cormorant
16.Great White Pelican
17.Dalmatian Pelican
18.Grey Heron
19.Purple Heron
20.Great Egret
21.Little Egret
22.Squacco Heron
23.Black-crowned Night-Heron
24.Glossy Ibis
25.Eurasian Spoonbill
26.European Honey-buzzard
27.Short-toed Eagle
28.Lesser Spotted Eagle
29.Booted Eagle
30.Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
31.Montagu’s Harrier
32.Levant Sparrowhawk
33.Eurasian Sparrowhawk
34.White-tailed Eagle
35.Common Buzzard
36.Long-legged Buzzard
37.Eurasian Moorhen
38.Eurasian Coot
39.Black-winged Stilt
40.Eurasian Oystercatcher
41.Little Ringed Plover
42.Common Sandpiper
43.Common Redshank
44.Black-headed Gull
45.Mediterranean Gull
46.Yellow-legged Gull
47.Caspian Gull
48.Little Tern
49.White-winged Black Tern
50.Common Tern
51.Sandwich Tern
52.Rock Pigeon
53.European Turtle-Dove
54.Eurasian Collared-Dove
55.Common Cuckoo
56.Long-eared Owl
57.Common Swift
58.European Bee-eater
59.European Roller
60.Eurasian Hoopoe
61.Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
62.Middle Spotted Woodpecker
63.Great Spotted Woodpecker
64.Black Woodpecker
65.GreenWoodpecker
66.Eurasian Kestrel
67.Eurasian Hobby
68.Red-backed Shrike
69.Lesser Gray Shrike
70.urasian Golden Oriole
71.Long-tailedTit
72.Eurasian Nuthatch
73.Short-toed Treecreeper
74.Cetti’sWarbler
75.Common Chiffchaff
76.Wood Warbler
77.Eurasian Reed-Warbler
78.Great Reed-Warbler
79.Blackcap
80.Greater Whitethroat
81.Spotted Flycatcher
82.European Robin
83.Thrush Nightingale
84.Common Nightingale
85.Semicollared Flycatcher
86.Common Redstart
87.Eurasian Blackbird
88.Song Thrush
89.Mistle Thrush
90.EuropeanStarling
91.White Wagtail
92.Cirl Bunting
93.Black-headed Bunting
94.Reed Bunting
95.Corn Bunting
96.Common Chaffinch
97.European Greenfinch
98.European Goldfinch
99.Hawfinch
100.House Sparrow
101.Spanish Sparrow
102.Barn swallow
103.Red-rumped Swallow
104.Houses martin
105.Jay
106.Jackdaw
107.Raven
108.Hooded Crow
109.Crested Lark
110.Great Tit
111.Blue tit
112.Magpie
113.Woodlark
114.Marsh Tit
115.Steppe Buzzard

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BIRDID WP Bulgaria 2015 – Day 4

We started with an early breakfast and as it was fogy we were a bit worried.  I found  a Black-headed Bunting and was waiting for the group to show them. First we drove to the Yellow Rock above Madzharovo. Here was one more hope to find Rock Nuthatch, bit despite we couldn’t see it we observed quite good species starting with a Subalpine and Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers, Sombre Tit, Egyptian Vulture and Blue Rock Thrush. And not on a last place Rock and Cirl Buntings. As Hans forgot to leave his hotel room key and Bobs forgot his wallet we had to ask somebody to bring it and take the key. We drove to the Vulture Visitor Center at Madzharovo. Here we went on a walk to the forest above the center in an oak forest here we found but couldn’t see well Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler. Also Short-toed Treecreeper and Nuthatch, Hawfinches and Golden Orioles.
After we got the wallet it was time to continue our journey.  We just need some food supplies for lunch. We stop at Borislavci for that and our next stop was after a while.  At famous oak forest near Liubimetz.
Here we immediately found both target species. First the Masked Shrikes and later Olive Tree Warbler. Very happy to see those as last year there were not yet back from wintering. 
After enjoying a Lesser Spotted Eagle and the area we travel to our next area for lunch. Afterwards we continue to with a gorgeous Eastern Imperial Eagle showing up in full glory at it’s sky kingdom. We had a free time to walk down to the road and observed Greater Short-toed Lark and Isabeline Wheatear, Linnets, Corn Buntings, Eastern Orphean Warbler and some were lucky to see Barred Warbler. We collect everybody and continue towards next hotel. On the way we spotted a Stonechat and Roller. As usually we found a pair of Montagu’s Harrier and enjoy s good sharing it with the group. Only few kilometers left to the accommodation site.
What a day, lovely weather and bunch of great birds. The end of one more day at the field into the Bulgarian Wilderness.
And the full checklist of the seen birds:

1. Mallard
2.Black Stork
3.White Stork
4.Great Cormorant
5.Grey Heron
6.Egyptian Vulture
7.Eurasian Griffon
8.Short-toed Eagle
9.Lesser Spotted Eagle
10.Booted Eagle
11.Imperial Eagle
12.Montagu’s Harrier
13.Eurasian Sparrowhawk
14.Common Buzzard
15.Long-legged Buzzard
16.Yellow-legged Gull
17.Rock Pigeon
18.European Turtle-Dove
19.Eurasian Collared-Dove
20.Common Cuckoo
21.Little Owl
22.Alpine Swift
23.European Bee-eater
24.European Roller
25.Eurasian Hoopoe
26.Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
27.Great Spotted Woodpecker
28.Syrian Woodpecker
29.GreenWoodpecker
30.Eurasian Kestrel
31.Peregrine Falcon
32.Red-backed Shrike
33.Lesser Gray Shrike
34.Masked Shrike
35.Woodchat Shrike
36.Eurasian Golden Oriole
37.Eurasian Nuthatch
38.Short-toed Treecreeper
39.Common Chiffchaff
40.Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler
41.EasternOlivaceousWarbler
42.Olive-treeWarbler
43.Blackcap
44.Barred Warbler
45.Lesser Whitethroat
46.Eastern Orphean Warbler
47.Subalpine Warbler
48.Greater Whitethroat
49.Spotted Flycatcher
50.European Robin
51.Common Nightingale
52.Semicollared Flycatcher
53.Common Redstart
54.Blue Rock-Thrush
55.Whinchat
56.European Stonechat
57.Black-eared Wheatear
58.Isabelline Wheatear
59.Eurasian Blackbird
60.Song Thrush
61.Mistle Thrush
62.EuropeanStarling
63.Black headed Yellow Wagtail
64.White Wagtail
65.Cirl Bunting
66.Rock Bunting
67.Ortolan Bunting
68.Black-headed Bunting
69.Corn Bunting
70.Common Chaffinch
71.European Greenfinch
72.European Goldfinch
73.Eurasian Linnet
74.Hawfinch
75.House Sparrow
76.Spanish Sparrow
77.Eurasian Tree Sparrow
78.Barn swallow
79.Red-rumped Swallow
80.Houses martin
81.Crag martin
82.Jay
83.Jackdaw
84.Raven
85.Hooded Crow
86.Crested Lark
87.Calandra Lark
88.Skylark
89.Great Tit
90.Coal Tit
91.Blue tit
92.Sombre Tit
93.Magpie
94.Woodlark
95.Greater Short-toed Lark

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – Day 3

Me and Arvid were first to went out before the morning session and later some other join us. And the early start quickly pay off with a pair of Ruddy Shelduck and a Little Ringed plover. We walked by the river for an hour or so.  Soon it was time to join the group for the morning walk before breakfast. As soon we join a Hooded Crow was mobbing a Honey Buzzard. All the area was vocalizing by the song of the Nightingales. A Hoopoe was actively singing too.
After breakfast we drove to our next destination.  A superb Sombre tit made us exciting. Next stop was a small village shop and after shopping for lunch we take a good look at Pallid Swifts and continue towards the next area.
We continue to the next stop for an Egyptian Vulture. It is very impressive landscape so we couldn’t get to the place quickly. So after stopping for a pair of Rollers we decided to walk with Mr Bob D. We had amazing walk with Barred Warbler, Eastern Olivaceus Warbler, Black Stork and many other birds typical for the area. Soon we catch up with the rest of the group. They saw Sardinian and Eastern Orphean Warbler and we heard together the Chukar, but unfortunately almost anybody saw it well.
We continue with nice observations of Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Hobby and a light morph of Booted Eagle. Later a few Griffon Vultures attacked by Peregrine Falcons were observed. But our target species of the day was not to be found.
But as we like to say every unsuccessful is followed by a greater success. So we continue to Krumovgrad where we had to buy some more food and visit the wonderful park. First we found a female Syrian Woodpecker and later we had a great opportunity to observed a Scops Owl that I managed to find just few meters above the ground on a branch with perfect view. What a bird, we enjoy taking shots of it, but it was time to continue. We stop on a favorite site where looks like almost empty. But soon Bob D. spotted a gorgeous Levant Sparrowhawk. We continue with another stop at the Krumovitza river. Here the rest of the group enjoyed searching for Barred Warbler, Green, Syrian and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Hobby Falcons, Egyptian Vulture and many more. So we got cold from the wind and it start to rain… so we had just one last stop at Studen Kladenetz reservoir where a flock of about 20 Griffon Vultures greats us and unfortunately rain started again. So we headed to the hotel…and it was one more excellent day so I hope at least today everybody enjoy the day. As today it was my name day we finished the dinner with two bottles of local red wine. Day list contained 81 species. Here is the checklist:

1. Ruddy Shelduck
2. Mallard
3.Chukar
4.Black Stork
5.White Stork
6.Great Cormorant
7.Gray Heron
8.Little Egret
9.Egyptian Vulture
10.European Honey-buzzard
11.Eurasian Griffon
12.Short-toed Eagle
13.Booted Eagle
14.Levant Sparrowhawk
15.Eurasian Sparrowhawk
16.Common Buzzard
17.Little Ringed Plover
18.Yellow-legged Gull
19.Rock Pigeon
20.Stock Dove
21.Common Wood-Pigeon
22.European Turtle-Dove
23.Eurasian Collared-Dove
24.Common Cuckoo
25.European Scops-Owl
26.Little Owl
27.Alpine Swift
28.Common Swift
29.Pallid Swift
30.Common Kingfisher
31.European Roller
32.Eurasian Hoopoe
33.Eurasian Wryneck
34.Great Spotted Woodpecker
35.Syrian Woodpecker
36.Green Woodpecker
37.Gray-faced Woodpecker
38.Eurasian Kestrel
39.Eurasian Hobby
40.Peregrine Falcon
41.Red-backed Shrike
42.Lesser Gray Shrike
43.Woodchat Shrike
44.Eurasian Golden Oriole
45.Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
46.Blackcap
47.Barred Warbler
48.Lesser Whitethroat
49.Eastern Orphean Warbler
50.Sardinian Warbler
51.Greater Whitethroat
52.Common Nightingale
53.Black Redstart
54.Black-eared Wheatear
55.Eurasian Blackbird
56.European Starling
57.Black headed Yellow Wagtail
58.White Wagtail
59.Cirl Bunting
60.Corn Bunting
61.Common Chaffinch
62.European Greenfinch
63.European Goldfinch
64.Eurasian Linnet
65.House Sparrow
66.Spanish Sparrow
67.Eurasian Tree Sparrow
68.Barn swallow
69.Red-rumped Swallow
70.Houses martin
71.Crag martin
72.Jay
73.Jackdaw
74.Raven
75.Hooded Crow
76.Crested Lark
77.Skylark
78.Great Tit
79.Blue tit
80.Sombre Tit
81.Magpie

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – Day 2

Day two started with early morning session and weather conditions improvement as we had rain at our arrival last night. A nice position Grey Wagtail make my morning much more promising.  We saw Serin pair, Black Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat and a Peregrine Falcon. A Black Stork glide in to the foggy mountains. It was time for the breakfast and good look at the Lesser Whitethroat, which we only heard before.
After breakfast the Grey Wagtail improves the photo session and pose in all directions.  But it was time to get to the Trigrad gorge. As I promise last night at dinner to show the Wallcreeper, the stakes were high, but promises are to be full filled. And only few minutes after we arrive we heard it and miracle the Wallcreeper male flew to the nest hole and showed up in full glory. Every body were so excited. After a short second session we headed to the next location – Trigrad. Here it was another target species to find but it was already flying over a flock of Pallid Swifts. I was glad we found them as last year they were note seen all season. Another good observation and we also saw Bullfinches and a male Marsh Harrier flew over almost incognito.
It was time to hit the road to the next location. Another great spot for birding at the mountain pass let us see some high altitude species like Dunnock, Ring ozel, Firecrest. A reasonable amount of snow still present. A Robin, Chaffinch, Black Redstart and Song Thrush were singing too. It is lunch time so we headed to Smolyan for a short break.
Short comfort brake bring some exciting raptor views. A single male Honey-buzzard and Short-toed Eagle flew overhead.
We stop for a Herman tortoise which was crossing the road. This turn in to next good location for some nice observations. Started with first Common Nightingale and Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler and Cirl Bunting singing from the same branch. A distant Golden Oriol and Song Thrushes were heard too. We move further and stop on one more site with Isabeline and Northern Wheatear, Crested Lark and Linnets, Woodchat Shrike and amazing male Ortolan Bunting. For our great luck a gorgeous Lesser Spotted Eagle. And we had first mammal for the trip was European Ground Squirrel. Afterwards we reach the hotel for the next two nights. After check in we made some walking around and tool some photos before dinner…
We observed 77 species today. Here is the checklist:

1. Black Stork
2.White Stork
3.Great Cormorant
4.Pygmy Cormorant
5.Gray Heron
6.European Honey-buzzard
7.Eurasian Griffon
8.Short-toed Eagle
9.Lesser Spotted Eagle
10.Eurasian Sparrowhawk
11.Common Buzzard
12.Eurasian Moorhen
13.Yellow-legged Gull
14.Rock Pigeon
15.Common Wood-Pigeon
16.European Turtle-Dove
17.Eurasian Collared-Dove
18.Common Cuckoo
19.Alpine Swift
20.Common Swift
21.Pallid Swift
22.Common Kingfisher
23.Eurasian Hoopoe
24.Eurasian Kestrel
25.Peregrine Falcon
26.Red-backed Shrike
27.Lesser Gray Shrike
28.Woodchat Shrike
29.Eurasian Golden Oriole
30.Wallcreeper
31.EurasianWren
32.White-throated Dipper
33.Goldcrest
34.Firecrest
35.Common Chiffchaff
36.Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler
37.Blackcap
38.Lesser Whitethroat
39.Greater Whitethroat
40.European Robin
41.Common Nightingale
42.Black Redstart
43.Whinchat
44.Northern Wheatear
45.Isabelline Wheatear
46.Ring Ouzel
47.Eurasian Blackbird
48.Song Thrush
49.Mistle Thrush
50.EuropeanStarling
51.Dunnock
52.Gray Wagtail
53.White Wagtail
54.Cirl Bunting
55.Ortolan Bunting
56.Corn Bunting
57.Common Chaffinch
58.Eurasian Bullfinch
59.European Goldfinch
60.Eurasian Linnet
61.European Serin
62.House Sparrow
63.Spanish Sparrow
64.Eurasian Tree Sparrow
65.Barn swallow
66.Red-rumped Swallow
67.Houses Martin
68.Crag Martin
69.Jay
70.Jackdaw
71.Raven
72.Hooded Crow
73.Crested Lark
74.Tengmalm’s Owl
75.Great Tit
76.Coal Tit
77.Blue Tit

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BirdID WP Bulgaria 2015 – day 1

We got the last participant from the airport in Sofia. And the adventure start with a trip to Pazardzik where we bought food and heading south we reach our first destination Besapari hills. Here we had a short lunch break and we made some birding finally. So we had a great view at Eastern Black-eared Wheatear and Spanish Sparrow, Short-toed Eagle at distance were some of the highlights. We continue our trip with one more fascinating stop along the road gave us a proper look at Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Wryneck, European Bee-eater, Woodchat Shrike and many common birds.
It was getting late so we hit the road to our first hotel in the gorge of Trigrad. A Grey Wagtail along the road and a Cormorant fly over.

Full checklist for the first day:

1. White Stork
2.Great Cormorant
3.Short-toed Eagle
4.Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
5.Common Buzzard
6.Long-legged Buzzard
7.Rock Pigeon
8.Common Wood-Pigeon
9.European Turtle-Dove
10.Eurasian Collared-Dove
11.Common Cuckoo
12.Common Swift
13.European Bee-eater
14.Eurasian Wryneck
15.Eurasian Kestrel
16.Lesser Gray Shrike
17.Woodchat Shrike
18.Black Redstart
19.Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush
20.Northern Wheatear
21.Black-eared Wheatear
22.Isabelline Wheatear
23.EuropeanStarling
24.Black headed Yellow Wagtail
25.Gray Wagtail
26.Corn Bunting
27.Common Chaffinch
28.European Goldfinch
29.Eurasian Linnet
30.House Sparrow
31.Spanish Sparrow
32.Eurasian Tree Sparrow
33.Barn swallow
34.Red-rumped Swallow
35.Houses martin
36.Crag martin
37.Jay
38.Jackdaw
39.Raven
40.House crow
41.Crested Lark
42.Calandra Lark
43.Skylark

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