White-winged and Whiskered Tern © Iordan Hristov

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: waterbirds

Today my guests had their best day for the trip. It was going to be a day devoted to waterbirds. According to their words today we visited the best sites for the whole trip. The day was fairly quiet and we spend a lot of time birding rather then driving around. We started with the pre-breakfast walk when we spotted a Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Barred Warbler and a close Roe Deer that came about 20m away from us.

On the way to our first stop we were lucky to see three Grey Partridges feeding in the fields along the road. This observation made the day even at 8 a.m. for one of the participants who managed to take pictures of the birds. “I can never see these in Norway” he said appreciating the time in Bulgaria.

Once we arrived at our first place we started logging the waterbirds for the day: Ruff, Paddyfield Warbler, Ferruginous Duck, Purpe Heron, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Marsh Harrier and the illusive Bearded Tit. On the bank we had Sanderling and Curlew Sandpiper. At certain point we had over 30 terns flying overhead. “This is a great experience” one of our participants said.

waterbirds, Mediterranean Shag © Iordan Hristov

Mediterranean Shag © Iordan Hristov

Cuckoo © Iordan Hristov

Cuckoo © Iordan Hristov

White-winged and Whiskered Tern © Iordan Hristov

White-winged and Whiskered Tern © Iordan Hristov

White-winged Black Tern © Iordan Hristov

White-winged Black Tern © Iordan Hristov

Gull-billed Tern © Iordan Hristov

Gull-billed Tern © Iordan Hristov

Marsh Harrier © Iordan Hristov

Marsh Harrier © Iordan Hristov

Marsh Harrier © Iordan Hristov

Marsh Harrier © Iordan Hristov

Marsh Harrier © Iordan Hristov

Marsh Harrier © Iordan Hristov

Mediterranean Gull © Iordan Hristov

Mediterranean Gull © Iordan Hristov

waterbirds, Mediterranean Shag © Iordan Hristov

Mediterranean Shag © Iordan Hristov

waterbirds, Mediterranean Shag © Iordan Hristov

Mediterranean Shag © Iordan Hristov

After spending a couple of hours with waterbirds we decided to have a walk in the nearest park. It was a good decision. Soon we started recording flycatcher by flycatcher and listed all 5 species seen in Bulgaria in a small park: Semi-collared, Collared, Pied, Spotted and Red-breasted Flycatcher. Full house! What a place. Since this was a bird id study we spent some time discussing the id features for the different species. It turned out that this discussion was much appreciated as mentioned in the evaluation forms collected later on.

We didn’t realise that lunch time has come. After a lovely mackerel and salad we were back on the field searching for more exciting observations. The afternoon however, wasn’t that packed with excitement. We noted a group of 20+ Ferrugenous Ducks, Garganey, Barred Warbler, Little Grebe and a few other more common birds.

We were back to the hotel on time to pack. It was our last full day of birding and we had to depart tomorrow. No one really wanted it …

It was a superb day with our 114 birds. Here is the full checklist for the day:

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Common Shelduck
  3. Mallard
  4. Garganey
  5. Ferruginous Duck
  6. Grey Partridge
  7. Ring-necked Pheasant
  8. Black-throated Diver
  9. Little Grebe
  10. Great Crested Grebe
  11. White Stork
  12. Great Cormorant
  13. European Shag
  14. Grey Heron
  15. Purple Heron
  16. Little Egret
  17. Squacco Heron
  18. Glossy Ibis
  19. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
  20. Montagu’s Harrier
  21. Common Buzzard
  22. Water Rail
  23. Eurasian Moorhen
  24. Eurasian Coot
  25. Northern Lapwing
  26. Little Ringed Plover
  27. Common Greenshank
  28. Wood Sandpiper
  29. Common Redshank
  30. Ruff
  31. Curlew Sandpiper
  32. Temminck’s Stint
  33. Sanderling
  34. Slender-billed Gull
  35. Black-headed Gull
  36. Mediterranean Gull
  37. Yellow-legged Gull
  38. Gull-billed Tern
  39. White-winged Black Tern
  40. Whiskered Tern
  41. Common Tern
  42. Sandwich Tern
  43. Rock Pigeon
  44. Common Wood-Pigeon
  45. European Turtle-Dove
  46. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  47. Common Cuckoo
  48. Alpine Swift
  49. Common Swift
  50. European Bee-eater
  51. Eurasian Hoopoe
  52. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  53. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  54. Syrian Woodpecker
  55. Eurasian Kestrel
  56. Red-footed Falcon
  57. Eurasian Hobby
  58. Red-backed Shrike
  59. Lesser Gray Shrike
  60. Woodchat Shrike
  61. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  62. Willow Warbler
  63. Common Chiffchaff
  64. Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
  65. PaddyfieldWarbler
  66. Great Reed-Warbler
  67. Savi’sWarbler
  68. Blackcap
  69. Barred Warbler
  70. Lesser Whitethroat
  71. Greater Whitethroat
  72. Spotted Flycatcher
  73. Common Nightingale
  74. European Pied Flycatcher
  75. Collared Flycatcher
  76. Semicollared Flycatcher
  77. Red-breasted Flycatcher
  78. Black Redstart
  79. Whinchat
  80. European Stonechat
  81. Northern Wheatear
  82. Pied Wheatear
  83. Eurasian Blackbird
  84. European Starling
  85. Black headed Yellow Wagtail
  86. Citrine Wagtail
  87. White Wagtail
  88. Tawny Pipit
  89. Black-headed Bunting
  90. Corn Bunting
  91. Common Chaffinch
  92. European Greenfinch
  93. European Goldfinch
  94. Eurasian Linnet
  95. Hawfinch
  96. House Sparrow
  97. Spanish Sparrow
  98. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  99. Barn swallow
  100. Red-rumped Swallow
  101. Houses martin
  102. Jay
  103. Jackdaw
  104. Hooded Crow
  105. Crested Lark
  106. Calandra Lark
  107. Skylark
  108. Great Tit
  109. Blue tit
  110. Magpie
  111. Greater Short-toed Lark
  112. Sand martin
  113. Rook
  114. Bearded Tit

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