7th – 10th July

 

A three night trip to the Western Rhodope Mountains primarily for Wallcreeper, though we also spent much of the time looking at the amazing variety of butterflies that are found in the region.

We had excellent, close views of Wallcreeper at their regular nest site in the Trigrad Gorge.

 

Our itinerary visited the following sites, among others;

Day 1 – Arrive Sofia, Vitosha National Park, Bascarchik and on to Teshel, our base for

   the next three nights.

Day 2 – Trigrad Gorge and Dospat Woods

Day 3 – Aldomirovtsi Marsh

Day 4 – Vitosha NP

 

Below are the bird and butterfly lists for this delightful trip.

 

 

SPECIES

SIGHTINGS

FIRST SEEN

1

Ferruginous Duck

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

2

Common Quail

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

3

Little Grebe

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

4

Great Crested Grebe

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

5

Black Stork

2

Teshel

6

White Stork

3

Sophia to Bascarchik

7

Great Cormorant

4

Bascarchik to Teshel

8

Great Bittern

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

9

Little Bittern

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

10

Purple Heron

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

11

Great Egret

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

12

Black-crowned Night Heron

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

13

Lesser Spotted Eagle

1

Sophia to Bascarchik

14

Marsh Harrier

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

15

Common Buzzard

5

Vitosha National Park

16

Long-legged Buzzard

2

Teshel

17

Coot

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

18

Yellow-legged Gull

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

19

Feral Pigeon

4

Bascarchik

20

Collared Dove

3

Bascarchik

21

Little Owl

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

22

Alpine Swift

2

Sofia Airport

23

Common Swift

2

Bascarchik

24

Pallid Swift

4

Sofia Airport

25

Bee-eater

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

26

Great Spotted Woodpecker

1

Dospat Woods

27

Black Woodpecker

3

Vitosha National Park

28

Green Woodpecker

1

Teshel

29

Gray-faced Woodpecker

2

Teshel

30

Kestrel

3

Sofia Airport

31

Red-backed Shrike

6

Teshel

32

Lesser Grey Shrike

2

Bascarchik to Teshel

33

Jay

3

Teshel

34

Magpie

3

Sofia Airport

35

Nutcracker

1

Vitosha National Park

36

Hooded Crow

4

Sophia to Bascarchik

37

Common Raven

4

Sophia to Bascarchik

38

Calandra Lark

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

39

Crested Lark

2

Sophia to Bascarchik

40

Skylark

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

41

Sand Martin

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

42

Crag-martin

9

Bascarchik to Teshel

43

Barn Swallow

6

Sofia Airport

44

Red-rumped Swallow

4

Teshel

45

House Martin

4

Sofia Airport

46

Coal Tit

5

Vitosha National Park

47

Crested Tit

1

Teshel

48

Willow Tit

1

Vitosha National Park

49

Great Tit

6

Sophia to Bascarchik

50

Nuthatch

1

Teshel

51

Wallcreeper

1

Trigrad Gorge

52

Winter Wren

4

Vitosha National Park

53

White-throated Dipper

2

Trigrad Village

54

Goldcrest

1

Vitosha National Park

55

Firecrest

1

Vitosha National Park

56

Common Chiffchaff

6

Vitosha National Park

57

Sedge Warbler

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

58

Great Reed Warbler

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

59

Blackcap

2

Dospat Woods

60

Spotted Flycatcher

1

Dospat Woods

61

Robin

2

Vitosha National Park

62

Black Redstart

4

Vitosha National Park

63

Whinchat

1

Dospat Woods

64

Northern Wheatear

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

65

Isabelline Wheatear

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

66

Blackbird

6

Teshel

67

Song Thrush

1

Teshel

68

Starling

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

69

Dunnock

2

Vitosha National Park

70

Black-headed Wagtail

1

Aldomirovtsi Marsh

71

Grey Wagtail

2

Vitosha National Park

72

White Wagtail

6

Bascarchik to Teshel

73

Yellowhammer

2

Dospat to Teshel

74

Rock Bunting

1

Teshel

75

Ortolan Bunting

2

Dospat to Teshel

76

Corn Bunting

5

Bascarchik to Teshel

77

Chaffinch

6

Vitosha National Park

78

Crossbill

1

Vitosha National Park

79

Siskin

1

Vitosha National Park

80

Goldfinch

2

Teshel

81

Linnet

2

Bascarchik to Teshel

82

Serin

3

Teshel

83

House Sparrow

4

Sofia Airport

84

Spanish Sparrow

1

Bascarchik to Teshel

 

 

 

 

SPECIES

SCIENTIFIC NAME

FIRST SEEN

1

Swallowtail

Papilio machaon

Basarchik

2

Scarce Swallowtail

Iphiclides podalirius

Trigrad Village

3

Black-veined White

Aporia crataegi

Trigrad Village

4

Orange Tip

Anthocharis cardamines

Dospat Forest

5

Berger's Clouded Yellow

Colias australis

Trigrad Village

6

Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow

Colias erate

Trigrad Village

7

Wood White

Leptidea sinapis

Dospat Forest

8

Small Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

Trigrad Village

9

Sooty Copper

Lycaena tityrus

Dospat Forest

10

Balkan Copper

Lycaena candens

Dospat Forest

11

Silver-studded Blue

Plebejus argus

Trigrad Gorge

12

Idas Blue

Plebejus idas

Dospat Forest

13

Brown Argus

Aricia agestis

Trigrad Village

14

Mazarine Blue

Cyaniris semiargus

Trigrad Gorge

15

Amanda's Blue

Agrodiatetus amanda

Trigrad Village

16

Ripart's Anamalous Blue

Agrodiaetus ripartii

Trigrad Gorge

17

Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus

Trigrad Village

18

False Eros Blue

Polyommatus eroides

Trigrad Village

19

Purple Emperor

Apatura iris

Vitosha National Park

20

White Admiral

Limenitis camilla

Trigrad Village

21

Peacock Butterfly

Inachis io

Trigrad Village

22

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

Trigrad Village

23

Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae

Vitosha National Park

24

Comma Butterfly

Polygonia c-album

Vitosha National Park

25

Queen Of Spain Fritillary

Issoria lathonia

Vitosha National Park

26

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Clossiana euphrosyne

Trigrad Village

27

Glanville Fritillary

Melitaea cinxia

Trigrad Village

28

Lesser Spotted Fritillary

Melitaea trivia

Trigrad Village

29

Heath Fritillary

Mellicta athalia

Dospat Forest

30

Marbled White

Melanargia galathea

Trigrad Village

31

Woodland Grayling

Hipparchia fagi

Trigrad Village

32

Great Banded Grayling

Kanetisa circe

Teshel

33

Arran Brown

Erebia ligea

Dospat Forest

34

Woodland Ringlet

Erebia medusa

Trigrad Village

35

Ottoman Brassy Ringlet

Erebia ottomana

Dospat Forest

36

Bright-eyed Ringlet

Erebia oeme

Dospat Forest

37

Chequered Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon

Dospat Forest

38

Large Skipper

Ochlodes venatus

Trigrad Village