Bulgaria, The North Black Sea Coast
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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 a report in .pdf format (1.67Mb) by Bob Shiret
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Bulgaria - Albena and a few other sites
- 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 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
- 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
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
Bulgaria – The Black Sea Coast
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.