Sunday, 10 April 2016

Birding: Balkan Ecology Project Day Four

Male Goshawk over the Plot 2 Area
 Syrian Woodpecker, Sheynovo Lake Wood
 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sheynovo Lake Wood
 Black-headed Wagtail
 Blue-headed Wagtail- 100+ Blue-headed and Black-headed Wagtails in the Steppe Area
 Fieldfare at Sheynovo
 Pied Flycatcher, Sheynovo Lake
 Wood Warbler, Sheynovo Lake
Woodchat Shrike 
 Red Squirrel, Sheynovo Lake Wood
 Souslik - the old football field at Sheynovo was a hot spot for these with 10+ running around the pitch
 'Yellow Wagtails' in the Steppe Area

Shipka Area Birding Spots

Spent today looking at some of the best birding areas nearby. Basically the whole area is great but there's a few main areas and hotspots. Today we had a look at a few areas (interesting that migrants are using the area) :

Plot 2 Area (West of Shipka): 1 male Goshawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 20 Yellow Wagtails over, 3 Tree Pipit over, 1 Syrian Woodpecker, singing Woodlark, Crested Lark, Skylarks, Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, Tree Sparrows, 5 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch,  5 Linnet, 1 Serin, 1 Hawfinch

Sheynovo Lake: 15 White Stork circling, 40+ House Martin, 20+ Swallow, 1 Hoopoe, 3 Syrian Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Middle Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10+ Nightingale, 5 Black-headed Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Wood Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flycatcher, Nuthatch, 1 Reed Bunting

Shipka Birding Road: 2 Montagu's Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 5 Red-rumped Swallow, House Martins, Barn Swallows, Skylarks, Crested Lark, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Tawny Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 1 Woodchat Shrike

Steppe Area: 100+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Isabelline Wheatear, Skylarks,

Will prepare a site and systematic list of the birds we've seen in this area over the last few years.

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