4th – 12th September

 

Three of us spent a week spent birding the ‘Black Sea Flyway’ of eastern Bulgaria in search of migrating birds.

This was a two centre trip, equally divided between Krapets and Sarafovo. We flew in to Varna and flew out of Burgas.

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 – Arrive Varna, transfer to Krapets

Day 2 – Cape Kaliakra, Kaliakra Nature Reserve and the steppe at Sveti Nikola

Day 3 – Lakes Durankulak and Shabla

Day 4 - Kaliakra, Kaliakra Nature Reserve and the steppe at Sveti Nikola

Day 5 – Kamchia NR, Panitsovo (raptor watchpoint) and Lake Pomorie

Day 6 – Lake Pomorie, Pomorie Bay, Alanosovska Lake Managed Reserve and Lake Poroy

Day 7 – Alanosovska Lake MR, Lake Mandra and Poda Protected Area

Day 8 – Panitsovo and Lake Mandra

Day 9 – Debravino River Valley and Yatata Nature Reserve, return to London

 

 The list below shows the 184 species that we saw during the week and gives the number of occasions on which we saw each species (not the number of individual birds).

 

 

SPECIES

SIGHTINGS

 

NOTES

1

Mute Swan

11

 

 

2

Ruddy Shelduck

1

 

 

3

Common Shelduck

3

 

 

4

Gadwall

2

 

 

5

Wigeon

1

 

 

6

Mallard

8

 

 

7

Northern Shoveler

2

 

 

8

Garganey

4

 

 

9

Common Teal

2

 

 

10

Common Pochard

2

 

 

11

Ferruginous Pochard

4

 

 

12

Tufted Duck

1

 

 

13

Black-throated Diver

1

 

 

14

Little Grebe

9

 

 

15

Red-necked Grebe

1

 

 

16

Great Crested Grebe

6

 

 

17

Black-necked Grebe

3

 

 

18

Levantine Shearwater

3

 

 

19

White Stork

4

 

A couple of large flocks of over 500 birds

20

Great Cormorant

17

 

 

21

European Shag

3

 

 

22

Pygmy Cormorant

9

 

 

23

Great White Pelican

5

 

1300+

24

Dalmatian Pelican

5

 

Largest group of 20 individuals

25

Little Bittern

2

 

 

26

Grey Heron

12

 

80+

27

Purple Heron

6

 

20+

28

Great Egret

1

 

1

29

Little Egret

6

 

 

30

Squacco Heron

4

 

c.22

31

Black-crowned Night Heron

1

 

3

32

Glossy Ibis

1

 

2

33

Spoonbill

1

 

6

34

European Honey Buzzard

7

 

About 90 birds in total

35

Short-toed Eagle

6

 

1

36

Lesser Spotted Eagle

8

 

27

37

Greater Spotted Eagle

1

 

 

38

Booted Eagle

1

 

 

39

Golden Eagle

2

 

 

40

Marsh Harrier

13

 

 

41

Hen Harrier

1

 

 

42

Pallid Harrier

2

 

 

43

Montagu's Harrier

6

 

 

44

Levant Sparrowhawk

4

 

 

45

Sparrowhawk

4

 

 

46

Black Kite

4

 

 

47

White-tailed Sea-eagle

2

 

 

48

Common/Steppe Buzzard

10

 

 

49

Water Rail

4

 

 

50

Little Crake

2

 

 

51

Common Moorhen

6

 

 

52

Coot

8

 

 

53

Stone Curlew

1

 

 

54

Pied Avocet

1

 

c.600

55

Oystercatcher

1

 

3

56

Grey Plover

1

 

 

57

Northern Lapwing

2

 

 

58

Kentish Plover

4

 

 

59

Common Ringed Plover

3

 

 

60

Little Ringed Plover

6

 

 

61

Terek Sandpiper

2

 

 

62

Common Sandpiper

5

 

 

63

Green Sandpiper

3

 

 

64

Spotted Redshank

2

 

 

65

Common Greenshank

6

 

 

66

Marsh Sandpiper

2

 

82

67

Wood Sandpiper

7

 

Largest group30+

68

Common Redshank

4

 

 

69

Curlew

2

 

 

70

Black-tailed Godwit

2

 

 

71

Ruddy Turnstone

2

 

 

72

Red Knot

1

 

 

73

Ruff

4

 

 

74

Broad-billed Sandpiper

2

 

4 birds, seen twice

75

Curlew Sandpiper

3

 

 

76

Temminck's Stint

1

 

 

77

Dunlin

6

 

 

78

Little Stint

3

 

 

79

Common Snipe

2

 

 

80

Red-necked Phalarope

1

 

 

81

Collared Pratincole

1

 

 

82

Slender-billed Gull

2

 

 

83

Black-headed Gull

18

 

 

84

Little Gull

7

 

 

85

Mediterranean Gull

7

 

 

86

Common Gull

1

 

 

87

Yellow-legged Gull

31

 

 

88

Baltic Gull

2

 

 

89

Little Tern

2

 

 

90

Gull-billed Tern

1

 

 

91

Caspian Tern

1

 

 

92

Black Tern

4

 

 

93

White-winged Tern

2

 

 

94

Whiskered Tern

7

 

 

95

Common Tern

5

 

 

96

Sandwich Tern

6

 

 

97

Feral Pigeon

15

 

 

98

Common Wood Pigeon

2

 

 

99

Turtle-dove

9

 

 

100

Collared Dove

15

 

 

101

Common Cuckoo

3

 

 

102

Eagle-owl

1

 

 

103

Little Owl

3

 

 

104

Alpine Swift

2

 

 

105

Common Swift

6

 

 

106

Hoopoe

6

 

 

107

Common Kingfisher

4

 

 

108

European Bee-eater

22

 

 

109

European Roller

6

 

 

110

Wryneck

2

 

 

111

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

2

 

 

112

Middle Spotted Woodpecker

5

 

 

113

Great Spotted Woodpecker

3

 

 

114

Syrian Woodpecker

6

 

 

115

Green Woodpecker

4

 

 

116

Kestrel

9

 

 

117

Hobby

6

 

 

118

Peregrine Falcon

1

 

 

119

Red-backed Shrike

26

 

 

120

Lesser Grey Shrike

3

 

 

121

Golden Oriole [oriolus]

7

 

 

122

Jay

8

 

 

123

Magpie

15

 

 

124

Jackdaw

10

 

 

125

Rook

2

 

 

126

Hooded Crow

7

 

 

127

Common Raven

3

 

 

128

Bearded Reedling

1

 

 

129

Calandra Lark

2

 

 

130

Greater Short-toed Lark

1

 

 

131

Crested Lark

4

 

 

132

Skylark

4

 

 

133

Woodlark

5

 

 

134

Sand Martin

17

 

 

135

Barn Swallow

30

 

 

136

Red-rumped Swallow

7

 

 

137

House Martin

15

 

 

138

Sombre Tit

3

 

 

139

Blue Tit

3

 

 

140

Great Tit

7

 

 

141

Long-tailed Tit

1

 

 

142

Nuthatch

3

 

 

143

Short-toed Treecreeper

2

 

 

144

Cetti's Warbler

1

 

 

145

Willow Warbler

2

 

 

146

Common Chiffchaff

6

 

 

147

Wood Warbler

3

 

20+ birds in bushes at Krapets on 5th

148

Icterine Warbler

1

 

 

149

Reed Warbler

3

 

 

150

Great Reed Warbler

3

 

 

151

Blackcap

2

 

 

152

Garden Warbler

2

 

 

153

Barred Warbler

1

 

 

154

Lesser Whitethroat

7

 

 

155

Greater Whitethroat

4

 

 

156

Spotted Flycatcher

8

 

 

157

European Robin

2

 

 

158

Thrush Nightingale

2

 

 

159

Common Nightingale

1

 

 

160

Red-breasted Flycatcher

4

 

Dozens of birds at Cape Kaliakra on 7th

161

European Pied Flycatcher

1

 

 

162

Common Redstart

1

 

 

163

Whinchat

6

 

 

164

Northern Wheatear

10

 

 

165

Pied Wheatear

3

 

 

166

Black-eared Wheatear

2

 

 

167

Blackbird

8

 

 

168

Song Thrush

1

 

 

169

Mistle Thrush

1

 

 

170

European Starling

15

 

 

171

Yellow Wagtail

11

 

 

172

Gray Wagtail

1

 

 

173

White Wagtail

7

 

 

174

Tawny Pipit

2

 

 

175

Tree Pipit

4

 

 

176

Yellowhammer

1

 

 

177

Cirl Bunting

3

 

 

178

Corn Bunting

11

 

 

179

Chaffinch

11

 

 

180

European Greenfinch

5

 

 

181

European Goldfinch

3

 

 

182

Hawfinch

2

 

 

183

House Sparrow

15

 

 

184

Tree Sparrow

2