27th January – 3rd February

A seven-night trip to look for Wolf and Lynx and a bit of decent winter weather!

Much of our time was spent tracking Wolves through the woods and although we spent half a day tantalisingly close to a pair we did not manage to glimpse them, even though our tracks crossed each other’s several times – they are better at tracking us than we are of them!

Twice we disturbed resting Lynx during the day, though only Marek managed to see more than their tracks! However, one evening after dark we saw one walking down a track through the woods. It paused for a few moments to look at us before wandering off slowly into the woods.

During the day, when not looking for mammals, we managed a bit of birding.

 

We were based in the extreme east of the country near the Bialowieska National Park and border with Belarus that we went and had a look at on the way past – long traffic queues in both directions at the checkpoint.

 

We saw the following mammals and birds.

 

 

SPECIES

SIGHTINGS

FIRST SEEN

1

Red Squirrel

2

Orzechowka

2

Lynx

1

Mazurkia

3

Red Fox

3

Mazurkia

4

Wild Boar

1

A group of 11 at Wierzba

5

Elk

2

Ryczywol

6

Roe Deer

10

Warsaw to Wierzba

7

Red Deer

4

Wierzba

8

European Bison

2

A group of 50+ Bialowieski National Park

 

 

 

 

SPECIES

SIGHTINGS

FIRST SEEN

1

Greylag Goose

1

37 at Brzostovo - Bierbza Marshes NP

2

Mute Swan

5

Bystrz

3

Whooper Swan

1

2 at Brzostovo - Bierbza Marshes NP

4

Mallard

11

Warsaw to Wierzba

5

Common Goldeneye

1

32 at Brzostovo - Bierbza Marshes NP

6

Goosander

1

19 at Wierzba

7

Red-breasted Merganser

1

4 at Wierzba

8

Pheasant

1

Bialowieza to Warsaw

9

Grey Heron

4

Wierzba to Kadzidlowo

10

Sparrowhawk

2

Kadzidlowo

11

Goshawk

2

Ryczywot

12

White-tailed Sea-eagle

5

Wierzba to Kadzidlowo

13

Rough-legged Buzzard

3

Ryczywot

14

Common Buzzard

10

Kadzidlowo

15

Black-headed Gull

1

Warsaw

16

Herring Gull

2

Warsaw

17

Feral Pigeon

3

Warsaw

18

Wood Pigeon

1

Bialowieza to Warsaw

19

Collared Dove

2

Warsaw to Wierzba

20

Pygmy Owl

1

Nr. Nowo Sady

21

Tawny Owl

1

Ryczywot

22

Kingfisher

1

Bialowieza Palace Park

23

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

1

Bialowieski National Park

24

Middle Spotted Woodpecker

4

Kuligi - Marek's house & land

25

White-backed Woodpecker

1

Bialowieski National Park

26

Great Spotted Woodpecker

4

Kadzidlowo

27

Three-toed Woodpecker

2

Bialowieski National Park

28

Black Woodpecker

4

Kadzidlowo

29

Grey-headed Woodpecker

1

Bialowieski National Park

30

Great Grey Shrike

3

Borzymy

31

Jay

9

Wierzba

32

Magpie

8

Warsaw

33

Jackdaw

8

Warsaw

34

Rook

3

Warsaw

35

Hooded Crow

10

Warsaw

36

Common Raven

10

Kadzidlowo

37

Coal Tit

6

Mazurkia

38

Crested Tit

4

Mazurkia

39

Marsh Tit

4

Buniaki to Ryczywol

40

Willow Tit

4

Kuligi - Marek's house & land

41

Blue Tit

5

Kuligi - Marek's house & land

42

Great Tit

13

Wierzba

43

Long-tailed Tit

1

Buniaki to Ryczywol

44

Nuthatch

5

Kuligi - Marek's house & land

45

Treecreeper

2

Bialowieski National Park

46

Wren

1

Bystrz

47

Goldcrest

4

Mazurkia

48

Blackbird

2

Wierzba

49

Fieldfare

4

Buniaki to Ryczywol

50

Mistle Thrush

6

Warsaw to Wierzba

51

Waxwing

5

Wierzba

52

Yellowhammer

9

Wierzba

53

Chaffinch

2

Ryczywot

54

Bullfinch

4

Ryczywot

55

Greenfinch

3

Kuligi - Marek's house & land

56

Siskin

1

Kuligi - Marek's house & land

57

Goldfinch

2

Buniaki to Ryczywol

58

House Sparrow

5

Buniaki to Ryczywol

59

Tree Sparrow

8

Kadzidlowo