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BirdID trip in Bulgaria 2014: day 6, April 29th

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We spent the day around Bourgas wetlands. Out main target were Dalmatian and White Pelicans and we traveled a bit to see them. From the early morning we started ticking off quite a few species. The highlight before breakfast was a River Warbler. Right after the morning meal we had a huge flock of 500+ White Pelicans, and then a couple of Collared Pratincoles, Penduline Tits, quite a few Curlew Sandpipers, Ruff, Little Stint, Whimbrel, Ruddy Shelduck, Spoonbills, pretty much all the ducks, etc. The day was really good for Honey Buzzards which counted about 50 or so.

We thought we had already seen quite a few pelicans when we saw the next flock of about 2000 White Pecalins. At another spot we had another 2000, so pretty good day for them. We checked several sites for the Dalmatian ones but no luck. We drove around all the Bourgas wetlands and couldn’t see any. Anyway we had some other highlights like the Little Gull, White-tailed Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Collared Pratincole, etc.

At the very last place for the day we ticked off quite a few birds. Finally we managed to get the Dalmatian Pelicans. Three birds were calmly sitting in one of the pools. A few minutes later they just disappeared which was good luck for most of the people who really wanted to see them. Other top species were Gull-billed Tern, Slender-billed Gull, Whimbrel, another Broad-billed Sandpiper and a Kentish Plover.

This was a good end of the day. We now counted a total of 205 species for the trip and we are now at day 6. Hopefully we shall manage to add another 20 or so to beat the record from last year counting for 225 species. See what happens.

Stay tuned…

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