Seen daily, and often in good numbers. The highest counts were on the 13th with c50 at Pomorie Lake and 16th with 200+ at Lake Tekirgyol (Romania).
Two birds were noted at sea off Pomorie on the 12th & 14th.
Two were noted on the 12th in flight over Lake Bourgas. On the 15th a number of sightings were made of birds moving over Lake Durankulak, with probably up to 10 birds involved, with a further sighting of 2 birds here on the 17th.
A total of c150 birds were seen at Lake Bourgas on the 12th with several birds showing very well, later that evening while at Lake Atanasovsko c600 birds, made up of three migrating flocks were watched moving over to the south, probably to roost at Lake Bourgas. On the 18th, again at Lake Bourgas 250+ birds were enjoyed preening in the evening. Away from this site singles were noted at Pomorie Lake on the 13th and the viewpoint above Sunny Beach on the 14th. A total of 11 were noted while in Romania on the 16th.
On the 12th a total of c50 birds were noted while in the Bourgas area, these were made up of 11 roosting at Lake Atanasovsko, 7 which provided our best views on Lake Bourgas amongst the White Pelicans, with at least two other in flight overhead, and the remainder at Lake Mandra. Similarly on the 18th, 3 were roosting on the embankment at Lake Atanasovsko and 5 were on Lake Bourgas. Elsewhere an immature bird was noted at Sinoie, Romania on the 16th.
An adult male was seen briefly in flight at Lake Bourgas on the 12th.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
On the 12th three flew overhead while at Lake Bourgas, with five in flight over Pomorie next day.
Several sighting of this species moving around at Lake Bourgas were made on the 12th, and probably involved 5 or more birds, with some giving good views. Elsewhere singles were noted at Lake Durankulak on three dates, while back at Lake Bourgas on the 18th several birds were again noted.
Fairly common, with sightings at many of the wetlands including 15 together on a roadside pool near Pomorie.
GREAT WHITE EGRET
Two were at Lake Mandra on the 12th, while singles were recorded on the 14th & 15th at Lake Durankulak. On the 16th up to 6 were noted while in Romania, with a total of 12 birds recorded at various sites in the Bourgas area on the 18th.
Lake Durankulak proved the most reliable site for this species with 6+ there on the 15th and 3 on the 17th. Away from Durankulak good numbers were also recorded in Romania, especially at Sinoie, a single was also noted from Bourgas on the 12th.
Three over the raptor migration viewpoint at Lake Atanasovsko on the 12th was our only record.
One in flight low over Lake Durankulak on the 15th was our only sighting.
On the 12th four were seen distantly at Pomorie Lake, while on the 16th in Romania a flock of 9 moved over Vadu, with another two later that day at Sinoie.
On the 12th three birds were found with Coot and Pochard on the Poda Lagoons, with a further 5 seen in flight overhead while watching these.
A single moved south past the Branta Birding Lodge on the morning of the 16th.
Two were noted moving south from the viewpoint above Sunny Beach on the 13th.
A total of 3 birds were noted on the 13th, with the first over Pomorie Salt Pans, the other two were both near Poroy, one over the oak wood and one near the dam. Singles were also noted near Sunny Beach (petrol station forecourt) on the 14th, inland from Durankulak on the 15th and Goritza on the 18th.
A male was seen distantly and rather briefly over fields to the west of Lake Atanasovsko on the 12th.
An immature bird was noted in flight while walking along the track that runs parallel to the western edge of Lake Atanasovsko on the 12th, and was likely responsible for the remains of a Long-eared Owl found plucked and eaten close by. On the 14th a male gave prolonged good flight views from a petrol station near the resort of Sunny Beach.
Our first and best sighting came on the 13th when a flock of 4 migrating birds moved fairly low south over the Pomorie Saltpans. Next day a total of 5 were recorded from various sites but all were very high, as was a single over Yailata and two over Goritza on the 17th & 18th respectively.
This is the eastern race of Common Buzzard, breeding in Russia and migrating south for the winter along the Black Sea coast in large numbers. It was seen daily, often in reasonable numbers with the maximum count of 100+ birds on the 13th, including c50 together moving over the Poroy Oak Woods.
On the 16th three birds were noted while in Romania, with one showing very well on the electric pylons near Istria, where it gave good views both perched and in flight. Next day two were noted near Kaliakra.
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE
On the 12th one was seen in flight distantly from the Ropotamo River Reserve, though views were poor and not all the group saw it, luckily however while returning to Bourgas from there, Pavel glimpsed a bird perched in a tree by the roadside which at the time he thought was an Osprey. However upon returning for a better look it turned out to be this species, rather uncharacteristically sat low down in a small bare tree, no doubt forced down by the bad weather. The entire group had good views of this bird before it took flight for a short distance, before again dropping by the roadside. Next day several birds were noted, with one in flight over the viewpoint at Sunny Beach showing well. On the 16th one was recorded near Istria (Romania) with two noted on the 18th, one just south of the Branta Birding Lodge, the other over the Goritza Forrest.
Four were noted on the 13th with birds near Pomorie, Sunny Beach and Poroy. Next day one was at Goritza, with two there on the 18th.
Small numbers were recorded most days, but mostly refer to birds moving over high, however on the 16th while in Romania c30 birds were noted with many of these at Vadu where they showed very well.
This species was only recorded in the south, where it was seen at Lake Atanasovsko on the 12th & 18th, and at Pomorie Lake / Saltpans on the 12th, 13th & 18th.
This species was only seen in Romania on the 16th, when a large flock of c100 moved north over Vadu, and was soon followed by another flock of c50 heading in the same direction. Later that day while at Sinoie up to 10 birds were seen amongst a Golden Plover flock, with one bird showing well as it hawked for insects close to the minibus.
One found amongst the many other waders at Sabla Tuzla on the 17th was surprisingly our only record.
A reasonably common wader, with Sabla Tuzla proving the best site with 6 there on the 17th, while Pomorie Lake held 3 the following day. Elsewhere birds were noted at Lake Atanasovsko and the Romanian wetlands of Vadu and Sinoie.
One was seen reasonably well at Sabla Tuzla on the 17th, with four together on Pomorie Lake the next day, all records involved juvenile birds.
Seen daily in good numbers, with our best views obtained at Pomorie Lake on the 12th & 13th. On the 15th around 400 birds were watched flying on to Lake Durankulak to bathe and drink before flying back out to sea, while a flock containing similar numbers was roosting in a field near Istria, Romania on the 16th.
Although a relatively familiar species in the UK, the large numbers, exceptional views and variety of plumages and ages made these delightful gulls one of the highlights of the trip for many. Birds were seen at a number of wetlands, but by far the best site was Pomorie Lake.
Up to 40 birds were noted at Pomorie Lake and Saltpans on the 12th, 13th & 14th, where they provided good views, many were immature´s but a few adults were also noted.
Currently regarded as the eastern race of Yellow-legged Gull, though many treat it as a full species in its own right. This bird was first recorded on the 12th at Pomorie Lake, where it was also seen in small numbers on the 14th & 15th. In Romania however this bird appeared to dominate with all large gulls assigned to this race, including a roost of c300 birds at Sinoie.
Two birds were seen near Lake Atanasovsko on the 12th with another two, an adult and an immature, noted at Sinoie on the 16th.
On the morning of the 15th two flew north over Durankulak beach, while up to 5 were recorded next day at the Romanian wetland of Sinoie.
Small numbers were recorded on the 12th & 18th at Lake Bourgas, including some still in breeding plumage.
On the 17th a very rewarding day was ended by a visit to the ravine at Cape Kaliakra, where after a short wait a single (probably the male) was seen on a number of occasions in flight over the cliff, perching in full view on one instance. As darkness fell the bird began calling and was answered by a second individual.
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