I make it 106 species for my Ebird global big day, Ebird lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Started the day at Cape Kaliakra which was extremely windy so I descended into Bolata Valley before over to Shabla Tuzla and then Shabla Lakes. Highlights included a singing male Common Rosefinch (a rarity in this region), Great Snipe again at Shabla Lake, an influx of Black-headed Buntings (8 at the Cape including a flock of 5), a pair of Citrine Wagtails at Shabla Tuzla and a great selection of migrants.
Saturday, 8 May 2021
Friday, 7 May 2021
Had to get my covid PCR test today in order to return back to UK on Sunday. Had to go to Varna city and queue and then wait most of the day for the results. While I was waiting I popped over to the raptor migration spot at Balchik- it was pretty quiet, just 2 Booted Eagle, a Short-toed Eagle, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk and a couple of Kestrel and most of them were flying around rather than migrating.
I got a bit of birding in round the village in the evening.
Had Barn Owl calling from my bed last night.
Thursday, 6 May 2021
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Back 'home' now at Kamen Bryag. Got five full days here now to do some work on the plot and also do some birding, mothing and botanising in the region. This morning I started off at Cape Kaliakra, then checked out Cape Shabla area, then Shabla Tuzla, then Lake Shabla and then back to the plot. Ebird lists HERE , HERE and HERE . New trip birds included Spoonbill, Slender-billed Gull, Spotted Flycatcher and Grey Partridge.
Monday, 3 May 2021
Back from an epic four day herping trip with Dylan, Anton and Sagar. 24 species of snakes, lizards, geckos, slow worms, frogs, Tortoises and toads; Hermann's and Spur-thighed Tortoise, Balkan Green and Eastern Green Lizard, Glass Lizard, Sand Lizard, European Wall Lizard, Eastern Slow Worm, Kotchy's gecko, Yellow-bellied Toad, Common Toad, Green Toad, Agile Frog, Marsh Frog, Tree Frog (heard), Aesculapian Snake, Caspian Whip Snake, Four-lined Snake, Horn-nosed Viper, Eastern Montpellier Snake, Worm Snake, Dice Snake and Southern Crested Newt.
Four-lined Snake, Norn-nosed Viper, Eastern Montepllier Snake and Southern Crested Newts were lifers so a very successful trip. A great adventure (not without it's dangers!).