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Poland 14-19th May 2009

  • As we approached the gates, we could hear a Thrush Nightingale singing really loud. We located it deep in a bush, and eventually it came out atop the bush giving good views to everyone and we also had a couple of Hawfinches at this spot....Ray Thorneycroft reports.

North Eastern Poland 18th-25th May 2009

  • Right on the edge of the woods we saw our first woodpecker, a male Middle Spotted Woodpecker that performed well, sitting in the road. The woods also held Golden Oriole and Icterine and Garden Warblers...Ben Eaton reports.

barred warbler

Poland - Biebrza Marhes and Białowieża Forest 18-28 May 2007

  • All around songs and calls of birds: Thrush Nightingales, well hidden in the bushes, and Icterine Warblers, from the top of the huge Poplars and Cherry-trees that line the track, make the musical backgrounds for Marsh, River and Grasshopper Warblers.....Ernesto G. Occhiato reports

Eastern Poland, May 9th - 16th 2007

  • The next morning we started a short walk into a nearby park at 5.45 am and were rewarded for the early start by an amazing number of what were for us rare birds. I saw 9 Wrynecks, in the trees & on the ground...Alec Cheney reports

Poland: May 2007

  • Near the village of Strekowa Gora we saw numerous white-winged terns hawking over the wet meadows and small pools and this site also produced drumming snipe, redshank, greenshank and a single gargeney...Ken Musgrove reports

North East Poland 5 - 6 May 2007

  • Having been gradually working my way through the list of European species, by the beginning of May 2007 I was down to my last 5 species.  4 of these (Great Snipe, Hazelhen, Pygmy Owl and Lesser Spotted Eagle) were available in NE Poland....Gruff Dodd reports.

Poland 24 May – 2 June 2006

  • This report covers a 10-day visit to Poland. Poland still offers some of the best birding in Eastern Europe. Several species of birds that have become uncommon or extinct in the industrialized and agricultural parts of Western Europe can still be observed in those areas of Poland...Jan Vermeulen reports.

Western Poland19 – 23 May 2004

  • Near the border with Germany is an important wetland in western Poland teeming with birds. This is the Ujscie Warty National Park ("Warta River-Mouth" National Park) situated in the historical delta of the Warta River mouth in the area of the Lubuskie Voivodship....Jan Vermeulen reports.

Eastern Europe Bird Trip Summer 2003

  • Along the Dunajec, just west of Sromowce, we observed lots of Pontic Gulls. A Sparrowhawk and 3 Hobbies were hunting above the mountain slopes near the Dunajec. A Black Stork circled on the other site of the river, above Slovakia. A very interesting gull stood in the middle of the river: an adult Baltic Gull. This is a species that is very scarce in this region in summer...Kasper Hendriks and Rob van Bemmelen report.

Southern Poland, Owls and Woodpeckers 22 May-1 June 2003

  • Most people who go birding in Poland usually head straight for the well-documented sites at Bialowieza and Biebrza, but with a week free at the end of May I thought I would try something different and visit the southern part of the country for owls and woodpeckers...Andrew Pearson reports

Eastern Poland 01/05/02- 11/05/02

  • On his excellent informative website, Jerzy Dyczkowski presents and recommends Eastern Poland in such a way that a birder cannot resist. We can only testify: Jerzy does not exaggerate. The varied biotope of the last remaining primeval forest in Europe at Bialowieza, the vast Siemianówka reservoir and the marshes of the Biebrza River guarantees indeed a large variety of rare birds in large quantities. A birder must do the trip to this "birding-Mecca" at least once in his life....Roos Deman and Guido Desmarets report

Birding trip to NE-Poland 23 – 27 May 2001

  • Birding in Poland in the month of May is a must for every European birder. There is a big variety of species  and different species which have become scarce in Western Europe, can still be seen  here in good numbers.  The Polish countryside is still authentic and full of birds, wildlife and  wildflowers...Ignaas Robbe reports

Eastern Poland 25/05/00 - 03/06/00.

  • Basically this trip report is the tale of a 10 day 'rip', by car, across Europe into and around Eastern Poland concentrating on The Bialowieza Forest and Biebrza marshes. Main targets were Great snipe and Aquatic warbler and of course the great forest itself. Dave Gosney's 'Finding birds in Poland' should give you all the specific site information that is needed...Andy & Jackie Mckee report.

NW Poland, around the Szczecin and Swinoujscie area. 15-17/7/00

  • Just got back from a long weekend to NW Poland, around the Szczecin and Swinoujscie area. Despite only managing one full day birding (Sunday 16.7.00), plus a few hours in the evening of Saturday 15.7.00 and a brief excursion on 17.7.00, I managed some great birds....Gruff Dodd reports

Birdwatching trip to Poland August 1999

  • This is the birdwatching trip report of a trip done in Poland by four Catalan birdwatchers, from the 15th  until the  28th of August of 1999...We slept in a tent, in camping sites or free camping, depending on the site. In Poland, it was quite complicated to eat for reasonable prices outside of big cities...Arnau Bonan Barfull reports

Western Poland July 19-27 1997

  • Already during that evening, along the road to Gorzow Wlkp., it was clear that something was going on with the population of White Storks and Cranes. Several birds were spotted along the road and also from the bus...Belgian birder Dirk Raes reports from a flooded Poland

Karsiborska Kepa NR, NW Poland 15-18 July 1997

  • Karsiborska Kepa Nature Reserve in the Swiny Estuary in far NW. Poland is the first reserve of OTOP, the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, established in 1995 to protect a major breeding ground of the Aquatic Warbler as well as other wetland species. It is also a good area for White-tailed Eagle, another species we wanted to see...Bill Smith reports on his brief stopover in Poland.


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

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Finding Birds in Poland
Dave Gosney: Buy from

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.


Recommended travel books for Poland:

Poland: the Rough Guide
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  • Practical tips on hiking and transport and detailed background on all aspects of Polish history, culture and present-day politics are included in this guide, as well as accounts of fast-changing Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, and the countryside from the Tatra mountains to the Bialowieza forest.


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