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BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: woodcock

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Another fantastic day! It feels like we didn’t see many species but when I counted them we ended with 99 species. Not too bad for a travelling day.

We woke up at the usual time and the pre-breakfast walk produced rather good views of Eastern Olivaceous Warbler. Some of us managed to see the Black-necked grebes that were missed in the previous days.

After breakfast we hit the road to the north. The road was marked with at least two dozens of Rollers. Their display and rolling were stunning and unforgettable experience of my guests. Black headed Bunting, Hoopoe, Isabelline Wheatear, Woodchat Shrike, Turtle Dove was also around. It was a splendid morning.

Just before lunch we drove up a mountain pass to enjoy bird migration but there wasn’t any today and soon we left the area but stopped just down the road. At the next place we had some migrants including two Short-toed Eagles and Common Buzzards. A Wryneck and Barred Warbler made the stop productive. Than an unexpected bonus made the stop really worth it. A Woodcock flew from a dense thicket right by a small creek. Wow, this is really great. Woodcock is a bird that we usually see in coniferous areas and it was a pleasant surprise to see it here.

After a pleasant lunch in a quiet roadside café we continued our way to the north. Before reaching our hotel we had a few more important stops to do for Gull-billed Terns, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and a Stone Curlew. All of them were successful. Three Gull-billed terns were in a flooded area not far from the place where we had lunch so it was a nice stretch instead of falling asleep in the van. Excitement overtook the atmosphere and everyone in the group was rather glad we saw this bird. The Eagle Owl breeds even closer the road so it is easier to see just from the van without disturbing the bird. The Stone curlew was at its usual place so no pressure there at all. Everything was up to schedule.

We arrived in our hotel early and everyone wanted to have a walk around a superb coastal area with steppe cover. The steppe was full with Calandra Larks, Greater Short-toed Lark and Tawny Pipit. Over the sea we had our first Yelkouan Shearwaters and more Black-throated Divers.

Thus we called it a day.

  1. Common Shelduck
  2. Black-throated Diver
  3. Black-necked Grebe
  4. Yelkouan Shearwater
  5. Black Stork
  6. White Stork
  7. Great Cormorant
  8. European Shag
  9. Great Egret
  10. Squacco Heron
  11. Short-toed Eagle
  12. Lesser Spotted Eagle
  13. Booted Eagle
  14. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
  15. Levant Sparrowhawk
  16. Common Buzzard
  17. Stone Curlew
  18. Black-winged Stilt
  19. Northern Lapwing
  20. Parasitic Skua
  21. Black-headed Gull
  22. Mediterranean Gull
  23. Yellow-legged Gull
  24. Gull-billed Tern
  25. Sandwich Tern
  26. Rock Pigeon
  27. Stock Dove
  28. European Turtle-Dove
  29. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  30. Common Cuckoo
  31. Eurasian Eagle-Owl
  32. Alpine Swift
  33. Common Swift
  34. European Bee-eater
  35. European Roller
  36. Eurasian Hoopoe
  37. Eurasian Wryneck
  38. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  39. Syrian Woodpecker
  40. Black Woodpecker
  41. Green Woodpecker
  42. Eurasian Kestrel
  43. Red-footed Falcon
  44. Red-backed Shrike
  45. Lesser Gray Shrike
  46. Woodchat Shrike
  47. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  48. Eurasian Nuthatch
  49. Short-toed Treecreeper
  50. EurasianWren
  51. Cetti’sWarbler
  52. Willow Warbler
  53. Common Chiffchaff
  54. Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
  55. Blackcap
  56. Barred Warbler
  57. Lesser Whitethroat
  58. Greater Whitethroat
  59. European Robin
  60. Common Nightingale
  61. Semicollared Flycatcher
  62. European Stonechat
  63. Pied Wheatear
  64. Isabelline Wheatear
  65. Eurasian Blackbird
  66. Song Thrush
  67. Mistle Thrush
  68. European Starling
  69. Black headed Yellow Wagtail
  70. White Wagtail
  71. Tawny Pipit
  72. Cirl Bunting
  73. Ortolan Bunting
  74. Black-headed Bunting
  75. Corn Bunting
  76. Common Chaffinch
  77. European Greenfinch
  78. European Goldfinch
  79. Eurasian Linnet
  80. Hawfinch
  81. House Sparrow
  82. Spanish Sparrow
  83. Barn Swallow
  84. Red-rumped Swallow
  85. Houses martin
  86. Jay
  87. Jackdaw
  88. Raven
  89. Hooded Crow
  90. Crested Lark
  91. Calandra Lark
  92. Skylark
  93. Great Tit
  94. Blue tit
  95. Magpie
  96. Woodlark
  97. Greater Short-toed Lark
  98. Sand martin
  99. Woodcock


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