Red-breasted Flycatcher

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: steppe

Today was expected to be a wet day so wanted to stay close to the van. The stops for the day included a reserve that is superb for sea-watching and steppe areas, suitable for larks, pipits and Stone Curlew.

We spent the morning around the cape of Kaliakra. Being 8 km into the sea it offers fantastic opportunities for seawatching. We had a few Yelkouan Shearwaters, Sandwitch Terns, Mediterranean Gulls and Common Terns. The area is also great for the Pied Wheatear, Shag and Alpine Swift. And yes, we did have great views of all of these. A Hobby was also there, sitting nicely on the cliffs. A pleasant surprise were two Red-breasted Flycatchers including one with a red breast.

Alpine Swift

Alpine Swift © Iordan Hristov

Hobby

Hobby © Iordan Hristov

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Alpine Swift

Alpine Swift

After lunch we explored the steppe area around. We recorded loads of Calandra larks, Tawny pipit, Stone Curlew, Lesser Grey Shrike, Whinchat and we had great views of Long-legged Buzzard. Thus we added another type of habitat to the extensive list we already had.

Steppe, Tawny Pipit  © Iordan Hristov

Tawny Pipit © Iordan Hristov

Steppe, Tawny Pipit  © Iordan Hristov

Tawny Pipit © Iordan Hristov

Steppe, Short-toed Lark © Iordan Hristov

Short-toed Lark © Iordan Hristov

Steppe, Tawny Pipit  © Iordan Hristov

Tawny Pipit © Iordan Hristov

Steppe, Calandra Lark  © Iordan Hristov

Calandra Lark © Iordan Hristov

Pied Wheatear  © Iordan Hristov

Calandra Lark and Pied Wheatear © Iordan Hristov

Pied Wheatear  © Iordan Hristov

Pied Wheatear © Iordan Hristov

Pied Wheatear  © Iordan Hristov

Pied Wheatear © Iordan Hristov

Steppe, Pied Wheatear  © Iordan Hristov

Steppe, Pied Wheatear © Iordan Hristov

We arrived in the hotel in the late afternoon and had some free time to walk around the steppe areas adjacent to the hotel. The coastal cliffs are a home to the Mediterranean Shag which posed nicely for a long photo session.

All in all we had 82 species. Here is the checklist for the day:

  1. Mallard
  2. Ring-necked Pheasant
  3. Black-throated Diver
  4. Little Grebe
  5. Great Crested Grebe
  6. Black-necked Grebe
  7. Yelkouan Shearwater
  8. White Stork
  9. Great Cormorant
  10. European Shag
  11. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
  12. Montagu’s Harrier
  13. Long-legged Buzzard
  14. Eurasian Coot
  15. Stone Curlew
  16. Eurasian Oystercatcher
  17. Common Snipe
  18. Parasitic Skua
  19. Mediterranean Gull
  20. Yellow-legged Gull
  21. Common Tern
  22. Sandwich Tern
  23. Rock Pigeon
  24. Common Wood-Pigeon
  25. European Turtle-Dove
  26. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  27. Common Cuckoo
  28. Little Owl
  29. Alpine Swift
  30. Common Swift
  31. European Bee-eater
  32. Eurasian Hoopoe
  33. Syrian Woodpecker
  34. Eurasian Kestrel
  35. Eurasian Hobby
  36. Red-backed Shrike
  37. Lesser Gray Shrike
  38. Woodchat Shrike
  39. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  40. Willow Warbler
  41. Common Chiffchaff
  42. Great Reed-Warbler
  43. Blackcap
  44. Barred Warbler
  45. Lesser Whitethroat
  46. Greater Whitethroat
  47. Common Nightingale
  48. Red-breasted Flycatcher
  49. Black Redstart
  50. Whinchat
  51. Northern Wheatear
  52. Pied Wheatear
  53. Black-eared Wheatear
  54. Eurasian Blackbird
  55. European Starling
  56. Black headed Yellow Wagtail
  57. White Wagtail
  58. Tawny Pipit
  59. Black-headed Bunting
  60. Corn Bunting
  61. Common Chaffinch
  62. European Greenfinch
  63. Eurasian Siskin
  64. European Goldfinch
  65. Eurasian Linnet
  66. Hawfinch
  67. House Sparrow
  68. Spanish Sparrow
  69. Barn swallow
  70. Red-rumped Swallow
  71. Houses martin
  72. Jay
  73. Jackdaw
  74. Hooded Crow
  75. Crested Lark
  76. Calandra Lark
  77. Skylark
  78. Great Tit
  79. Blue tit
  80. Magpie
  81. Woodlark
  82. Greater Short-toed Lark

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