Sunday, August 31, 2003

BULGARIA 17th-31st AUGUST 2003

Our first trip to Bulgaria, we stayed at the Sunny Beach resort not a place for the faint hearted, crime was rife from Gypsy's and the local mafia were always on view, they own most of the change booths, and Prostitutes were everywere, the area was a shit hole literally, with the locals squatting down in the trees for the toilet, rubbish dumped on the edge of the resort and Sunny Beach itself like a massive Blackpool, once away from the resort area the birding was pretty good.

Butterflies



Sunday, August 17, 2003

Golden Oriole

Seen virtually every day from the 17th till 28th behind the resort, one group of 32 showed really well early one morning. Bulgaria.








Lesser Grey Shrike

Seen everday behind the resort, several Juvs seen so probably breeds in the area.




Little Ringed Plover

Breeding on waste land at the north of the resort. Bulgaria

Eagles

Raptor passage at times was stunning, we recorded 59 Honey Buzzards, 14 Black Kites, 57 Marsh Harriers, Single male Pallid Harrier over the hotel 5 Montagu's Harriers, 2 Levant Sparrowhawks, 4 Eurasian Sparrowhawks, 2 Northern Goshawks, 20 Common Buzzards, 24 Steppe Buzzards, 3 Long Legged Buzzards, 11 Lesser Spotted Eagles, 2 Booted Eagles, 12 Lesser Kestrels, 33 Common Kestrels and 1 Peregrine a total of 15 species of raptors in two weeks.

Woodpeckers

Great Spot and Green, common in a little copse behind the resort.



Magpie

A rather large billed bird. Sunny Beach Bulgaria

Pygmy Cormorant

Poda protected area, a stunning little reserve with an observation tower, at the right time of year thousands of migrants poor over this area being filtered along the coast as they come down the Black Sea, the couple of hours we spent there produced hundreds of Storks and Pelicans as well as 35 Honey Buzzards with 19 in one flock circling low over the reserve.


Spotted Flycatcher

Stonechat

Seen most days at back of resort.

Common Wheatear

Juvenile on the beach, local bred bird.


Yellow Legged Gulls

Very common around the resort with 20-30 just around our hotel large numbers at Sozopol 1500, and a roost of 500+ on the lake behind resort.