Autumn migration - long weekend
Bulgaria’s black sea coast offers the chance to watch spectacular autumn migration every year. The western black sea flyway is the second biggest migration route in Europe after the Atlantic flyway. Soaring birds from the whole East of Europe, parts of Scandinavia and Russia gather in large flocks above the “bottleneck” near Burgas before heading south to Africa. On this tour we will see thousands of raptors and water birds, sometimes at very close distance. Impressive flocks of ten to twenty thousands raptors or storks and pelicans are likely to be seen almost every day.
Day 1 Arrive at Burgas airport. Depending on the flight times we can have a bit of birding after we check in at our hotel.
Day 2 Birding around Burgas wetlands. A Ramsar site and IBA, the wetlands around Burgas provide a safe spot for birds on the move to rest and feed before the long journey south. Today we’ll call at the raptor watch point at Atanasovo lake and visit several other sites to look for waders and waterfowl. Possible birds – Collared Pratincole, Red-necked phalarope, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Rudy shelduck, Ferruginous duck, migrating raptors, storks and pelicans.
Day 3 A day trip to Strandzha mountains, south of Burgas to check forWhite-backed, Grey headed, Syrian, Great, Middle and Lesser spotted woodpeckers, Sombre tit, hawfinch and cirl bunting. Later we’ll go to Alepu marshes to see Purple, Squacco and Night heron, Bittern and Bearded tits.
Day 4 Today we go north of Burgas to check Pomorie lake and the nearby salt panes for migrant waders. Later we’ll visit large reservoir inland surrounded by small oak wood forWoodchat, Red-backed and Masked shrikes, Isabeline wheatear, Roller, Bee-eaters, Ferruginous duck, Rudy Shelduck, Glossy Ibis.
Day 5 One more day around Burgas to check for raptor migration at various watch points and to catch up with migrating waders in the wetlands before departure from Burgas airport
Best period: September - October
Group size: 3 - 6 people
Cost: 600 Euro