birdwatching trip in Central Balkan mountains

Central Balkan mountains – Four day birdwatching trip, day 4 – 26.07.2015

Madzharovo – Central Balkan Mountains – Sofia

This is our last day of this short birdwatching trip so we had to leave after breakfast. Before that we still wanted to try for the Subalpine Warbler as agreed yesterday. It took us some but finally Lu managed to see it and we were ready for breakfast.

We packed and started oue journey to Sofia. We leave the place with great sentiment and thanksgiving to our hosts from the lodge managed by the Bulgarian society for the protection of birds.

Central Balkan mountains

Central Balkan mountains national park is on our route today. We planned to pass through the high mountains where we wanted to see some alpine birds. Shortly after leaving we stopped for a couple of juv Little Owls sitting by the road. Our journey was rather pleasant and we all enjoyed the landscape. We didn’t do any birding along the route and arrived in the alpine area after lunch. What a scenery! Mountains from either side with 360 degrees view. We were at the very top so we had Northern Bulgaria at one side and Southern Bulgaria at the other. Mountain flowers were in blossom and lots of people were collecting wild berries. Horses were grazing and running around the meadows. It was absolutely superb. The birdlife wasn’t very rich but a Quail called and a Whinchat was around. A Kestrel was also hunting. A local shepherd confirmed the presence of Rock Partridge which was our main target but we didn’t see.

view from the Central Balkan mountains

view from the Central Balkan mountains

view from the Central Balkan mountains

view from the Central Balkan mountains

birdwatching trip in Central Balkan mountains

birdwatching trip in Central Balkan mountains

birdwatching trip in Central Balkan mountains

birding trip in Central Balkan mountains

Time was ticking away and it was time to head to Sofia. En route we stopped at one more place to see the European Souslik (Ground Squirrel) and we managed to add it to our list. Birds we saw here were some Crested Larks, Isabelline Wheatears and Turtle Doves. The last bird for the trip was a Short toed Eagle. Thus we called it a day and headed to our hotel in Sofia. We did the checklist for the trip which ended with nearly 90 birds for these four days. Although it was rather late after the end of the breeding season we all agreed it was a great trip. We leave with great memories and hopes to meet again.

Birds seen during the four day trip : 23-26.07.2015

  1. Grey Partridge
  2. Quail
  3. Cormorant
  4. Pygmy Cormorant
  5. Grey Heron
  6. White Stork
  7. Black Stork
  8. Griffon Vulture
  9. Egyptian Vulture
  10. Short-toed Eagle
  11. Booted Eagle
  12. Black Kite
  13. Long-legged Buzzard
  14. Common Buzzard
  15. Honey Buzzard
  16. Sparrowhawk
  17. Common Kestrel
  18. Peregrine Falcon
  19. Yellow legged gull
  20. Feral Pigeon
  21. Wood Pigeon
  22. Collared Dove
  23. Turtle Dove
  24. Little Owl
  25. Scops Owl
  26. Alpine Swift
  27. Pallid Swift
  28. Common Swift
  29. Hoopoe
  30. Kingfisher
  31. Bee-eater
  32. Black Woodpecker
  33. Green Woodpecker
  34. Syrian Woodpecker
  35. Middle-spotted Woodpecker
  36. Lesser spotted Woodpecker
  37. Crested Lark
  38. Crag Martin
  39. Barn Swallow
  40. Red-rumped Swallow
  41. House Martin
  42. White Wagtail
  43. Grey Wagtail
  44. White-throated Dipper
  45. Robin
  46. Nightingale
  47. Black Redstart
  48. Isabelline Wheatear
  49. Whinchat
  50. Blackbird
  51. Blue-rock Thrush
  52. Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
  53. Whitethroat
  54. Subalpine Warbler
  55. Chiffchaff
  56. Firecrest
  57. Winter Wren
  58. Great Tit
  59. Coal Tit
  60. Blue Tit
  61. Sombre Tit
  62. Marsh Tit
  63. Nuthatch
  64. Rock Nuthatch
  65. Short-toed Treecreeper
  66. Red backed Shrike
  67. Woodchat Shrike
  68. Masked Shrike
  69. Lesser grey Shrike
  70. Magpie
  71. Jay
  72. Hooded Crow
  73. Raven
  74. Starling
  75. Golden Oriole
  76. House Sparrow
  77. Spanish Sparrow
  78. Tree Sparrow
  79. Chaffinch
  80. Linnet
  81. Goldfinch
  82. Greenfinch
  83. Serin
  84. Hawfinch
  85. Ortilan Bunting
  86. Black-headed Bunting
  87. Corn Bunting
  88. Cirl Bunting

 

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