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BULGARIA

Sunday 15th May - Sunday 22nd May 2016

Chris Kehoe

Corncrake - the unexpected bird of the trip! (Gerald Farnell)

Corncrake - the unexpected bird of the trip! (Gerald Farnell)

Our recent tour to Bulgaria produced an excellent selection of southeast European specialities and more widespread Palearctic species. Particularly notable were the likes of Dalmation Pelicans, Paddyfield Warblers, Olive-tree Warblers, Black-headed Buntings, Levant Sparrowhawks, Syrian Woodpeckers, Masked Shrikes, Pied Wheatears and Semi-collared Flycatchers. Further highlights included Eastern Imperial Eagles, Red-footed Falcons, Eurasian White Pelicans, Lesser Kestrels, Ferruginous Ducks, Sombre Tits, Eurasian Eagle Owl and Eurasian Griffon, Cinereous and Egyptian Vultures. Bird of the trip though was an unexpected and extremely cooperative Corncrake. Perhaps most striking of all though was the experience of seeing large numbers of birds in agricultural areas where the likes of Red-backed Shrikes, Eurasian Cuckoos and Corn Buntings were positively common, as were many other species that are sadly in serious decline in more intensively farmed Western Europe. Apart from a couple of wet afternoons at the start of the tour, fortunately mostly while we traveled, the weather throughout was very pleasant and the tour logistics ran smoothly.

Paddyfield Warbler (Chris Kehoe)

Paddyfield Warbler (Chris Kehoe)