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Bulgaria, The North Black Sea Coast 23rd April to 7th May 2014

  • Spring 2014... more than lived up to our expectations and produced some memorable birding. Highlights included Great Snipe, Citrine Wagtails, Thrush Nightingales, five species of flycatcher (sometimes all in one day), along with flocks of marsh terns, herons and much more...Ian Kinley reports

Bulgaria - The Black Sea Coast 12th to 26th September 2011

  • Once raptor migration got going however, it produced some spectacular sights: one of the highlights being the appearance of over 250 Lesser Spotted Eagles in a 30 minute period. Passerine migration was again dominated by Red-backed Shrikes...Ian Kinley reports.

Bulgaria 6th-15th May 2011


  • The bird of the trip was voted as the Eastern Imperial Eagle, hunting, catching and feeding as we watched for an hour.  Bulgaria is well worth a visit and could be done on a budget if necessary...Mark Easterbrook reports  

Bulgaria, 17th April 2011-23rd April 2011

  • A Sombre Tit was spotted in a nearby bush and then our target – Rock Partridge was heard calling just over the top of a ridge a little higher up...Kenny Musgrove reports.

Bulgaria – Black Sea Coast 11th – 25th September 2010 a report in .pdf format (1.67Mb) by Bob Shiret

Bulgaria 4th to 17th June 2010

  • Albena Coastal, the Easrern Rhodopes and Sakar Mountains, the northern coastal lakes of Shabla and Durankulak and Cape Kaliakra - a report in .pdf format (250kB) by Brian and Isabel Eady.

Bulgaria- short trip to south-east areas 3rd-8th June 2010

  • This was a quick return to some favourite haunts with some specialities in mind and not an attempt to clean up.  But some quick notes are presented here in case useful to anyone considering an early summer spring visit...Ed Keeble reports.

Bulgaria 30th May 2010 – 5th June 2010

  • Simeon picked out a Nutcracker sitting at the top of a tree calling and we enjoyed good views until the heavens opened and we sheltered in a small hut...Kenny Musgrove reports.

Bulgaria-The Black Sea Coast 4th to 18th September 2009

  • One of the highlights was the appearance of a 100 strong flock of Lesser Spotted Eagles in a hitherto birdless sky - our first evidence of raptor migration on any scale all trip...Ian Kinley reports.

Bulgaria 14-18 February 2009

  • Visiting Bulgaria in winter to see large numbers of Red-breasted Goose was a long-standing wish for all four of us, and this year we took the opportunity. Only a few Dutch birders make this trip...Remco Hofland reports.

Bulgaria, The Black Sea Coast 20th September to 4th October 2008

  • Highlights were many and varied though high on the list were super views of a Spotted Eagle, a flock of 76 Red-footed Falcons, Saker Falcon, Terek Sandpiper, 15 Red-necked Phalaropes together, thousands of Red-backed Shrikes, hundreds of Red-breasted Flycatchers and...Ian Kinley reports.

South East Bulgaria 20th June - 13th July 2008

  • Having visited the North East of Bulgaria last year, we decided to return again in 2008, but this time to the South East. Thus, the two reports taken together cover practically the whole of the Eastern seaboard of Bulgaria...Allan Finlayson reports

Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria 6th - 14th September 2007

  • Nick the driver picked me up at 8am and we were on our way to Cape Kalikara.  Bee eaters and Kestrels were very common en route.  Stopping near Albina after seeing some raptors from the car window, 27 Lesser spotted eagles were circling south and also one Short toed eagle...Gareth Jones reports

North East Bulgaria 2 - 16 July 2007

  • The wildlife highlight of the trip was a chance encounter with a local ornithologist at Durankulak, who took us on a trip in his four wheel drive vehicle into some remoter areas which we would not have found by ourselves...Allan Finlayson reports

Bulgaria 14th-19th February 2007

  • This trip was planned in autumn 2006 with the aim of visiting Bulgaria at the peak time for Red-breasted Geese and other winter visitors....Bob Swann and Andrew Ramsay report.

Black Sea, Bulgaria 15-20 February 2006

  • The main objective of the trip was to see the impressive flocks of Red-breasted Geese and so wildfowl in general were well recorded. Most of the counts were made by either Tim Appleton or myself but those of the goose flights are down to Mitko and his assistant, both of whom are regularly involved in goose census work...Steve Lister reports.

Bulgaria - Albena and a few other sites 3rd to 17th June 2005

  • This trip was basically an ordinary two-week family holiday with wife and kids. Albena is strategically well situated for trips to some famous bird sites further north, notably Srebarna, Durankulak, Shabla, and Cape Kaliakra as well as several others if you have a lot of time on your hand....Trond Haugskott reports.

Bulgaria 4th - 15th May 2005

  • Bulgaria really is a great place to go birding. A list of the "common stuff", birds either seen on most days or else abundant in the right areas would include White Stork, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Hobby....Steve West reports

Birding around Melnik, SW Bulgaria 16-17th April 2005

  • Since the beginning of 2005 the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) is working on a project that studies the habitats and birdlife of nine sites along the valleys of Struma and Mesta Rivers in Southwest Bulgaria. This is part of an effort to collect data for the inclusion of the sites into the NATURA 2000 network of protected areas.....Alexander Georgiev reports
Icterine Warbler

Bulgaria September 2004

This year we visited the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria between 11th. & 25th. September. Although primarily a birdwatching trip, Ray also has a big interest in butterflies and dragonflies which all added to the interest....Chris Wormwell reports.

Bulgaria – The Black Sea Coast 25th to 31st May 2004

  • The Black Sea coast of Bulgaria is an ideal, safe location for independent birds seeking to find the east European specialities. Being on the package holiday circuit it is easy to get to, prices are reasonable and the infrastructure makes easy access to major sites....Neil Money reports

Bulgaria (with extension to Evros delta) 25th February-1st March 2004

  • This February 2004 trip followed a successful trip to Bulgaria for Red-breasted Geese ("RBGs" below) in early February 2003.  This report concentrates on providing up-to-date information relating to RBGs and for convenience also recaps the previous February 2003 trip.  A selective trip list is attached....Ed Keeble reports.

Bourgas lakes May 2003

  • Species list from my last visit to Bourgas lakes, Black sea coast. We've visited Poda protected area and Atanasovsko lake biosphere reserve..Atanas Grozdanov

Bulgaria, winter birding 5th-9th February, 2003

  • The morning lift-off of geese from Sabla Lake and Durankulak Lake is not to be missed You need to be in position by about 7AM. At Sabla we were able to get right underneath the geese as they headed inland from the north arm of the lake.  The Durankulak flock can be watched from the north side of the main body of the lake and is more impressive in terms of sheer numbers.....Ed Keeble reports.

Western Bulgaria  4-26 September 2001

  • Saw c.15 Nutcracker  (again failed to locate any food caches despite several hours searching!) and 15-20 Large-billed Crossbill species feeding mainly on cones of Balkan endemic Bosnian Pine; bills stout, heavy, as Parrot Crossbill, with same depressed lower mandible base; heavy head; males strongly deep pink-red plumage (pinker, less orange, than male Parrot Crossbill); main call a very deep 'tyoop'....Michael Frankis reports. 

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Some Useful bird books for Bulgaria:
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Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Europe's best Field guide. If you only carry one field guide on a trip into Europe then this should be it. It provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding, etc).

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Petar Iankov, George Pchelarov (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Bulgaria contains 40 line drawings and 40 small scale topographic maps illustrating nesting places as well as a list of the Bulgarian ornithofauna - including Latin, English, and Bulgarian species' names. The book also contains a great deal of information for travelling in Bulgaria.

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Lonely Planet: Bulgaria
Paul Greenway: Buy from or

  • Exploring Bulgaria's relatively undiscovered delights, this guide gives tips for budget skiing destinations and offers more peaceful holiday ideas including beaches, mineral spas, monastries and hiking. There is also a handy language section to help with the communication side of things.

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