Early Birdwatching Tour in Bulgaria
An 8-day Spring Birdwatching Bulgaria Tour which is leisurely paced and available on request, giving the opportunity to observe up to 220 species. This outstanding birding tour presents a large array of south-eastern specialities, including the Paddyfield, Olive-tree, Olivaceous, Barred, Orphean, Sub-alpine and Eastern Bonelli's Warblers, Masked, Woodchat and Lesser Grey Shrikes, Pallid Swifts, Crag Martins, Red-rumped Swallows, Rose-coloured Starlings and other unusual passerines such as the Rock Nuthatch, Sombre Tit, Blue and Rufous-tailed Rock Thrushes, Ortolan, Black-headed and Rock Buntings. There is also a good chance of seeing Scops and Eagle Owls, Capercaillies, Chukars and Rock Partridges.
We shall also explore the highland Boatin and Tsaritchina Biosphere reserves in the Central Balkan National Park, a region where where Ural, Tengmalm's and Pygmy Owls can be seen and heard. Red-breasted and Semi-collared Flycatchers, Woodlarks, Tree Pipits, Mistle Thrushes, Ring Ouzels, Wood Warblers, Crested, Willow, Marsh, Blue and Coal Tits, Treecreepers, Goldcrests and Firecrests, Hawfinches, Common Crossbills and Nutcrackers are some of the forest birds to be seen. Woodpeckers are well represented too, with Wryneck, Syrian, Black, White-backed, Middle Spotted, Lesser Spotted and Grey-headed varieties being some of the most interesting.
On this birdwatching Bulgaria trip we will climb ever upwards until the track ends at the Balkan alpine meadows, where birds of Bulgaria highlights such as Water Pipits, Alpine Accentors, Whinchats and Shore Larks can be found. The Western Rhodopes presents us with major tour highlights such as the exquisite Wallcreeper, while the impressive canyons of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains are among the top of Europe's list of locations for raptors, among them Griffon, Egyptian and Black Vultures, Golden, Lesser-Spotted, Short-toed, Booted, and Eastern Imperial Eagles and Long-legged and Honey Buzzards. The Eastern Rhodopes also offer a unique opportunity to see the cliff-nesting population of Black Storks and, with luck, Saker Falcons.
As an extra site on this birdwatching Bulgaria tour we will visit Lake Kirkini in Greece, where we can expect to find gatherings of Greater Flamingos, Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Spur-winged Lapwings and Eleonora's Falcons. You can also enjoy excursions to the Kamchia River and its famous riverine forest, the Strandja and Sakar mountains, the Black Sea coast and the region of South Dobrudja. The steppes of Kaliakra are the favourite habitat for birds such as the Red-footed Falcon, Hoopoe, Pied, Isabelline and Finsch's Wheatears, Calandra and Short-toed Larks, Tawny Pipits, Black-headed Buntings and, especially in the evening, Stone Curlews, while Long-legged Buzzards breed on the cliffs.
We also explore the most exciting birding locations along the Romanian Black Sea coast, including the southern part of the Danube Delta, with a stop en route to look for White-tailed and Booted Eagles, Long-legged Buzzards, Levant Sparrowhawks, Middle-spotted Woodpeckers, Thrush Nightingales and other East European woodland birds.
This birdwatching Bulgaria tour also offers views of the famous passage of migratory birds along the Via Pontica flyway, such as White Pelicans, Black Storks and raptors. You can also spot Marsh and Broad-billed Sandpipers and, with luck, Terek Sandpipers.
We travel up to the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve by the Danube River for close views of Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Red-necked Grebes, Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis, Squaccos and Purple Herons. Ruddy Shelducks and Ferruginous Ducks are among the notable waterfowl.
Spring Birdwatching Bulgaria Tour highlights include:
- The opportunity to observe up to 220 species of birds in a variety of unique habitats including Balkan alpine meadows and the canyons of the Eastern Rhodope Mountains
- Tour the Kamchia River and its famous riverine forest, the Strandja and Sakar mountains and the region of South Dobrudja
- Explore the Danube Delta and the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve
- Visit Lake Kirkini in Greece and Black Sea coast of Romania
- View the passage of migratory birds along the Via Pontica flyway
- Excursion to the Boatin and Tsaritchina Biosphere reserves in the Central Balkan National Park
Do you like the look of this tour but would prefer to visit in a different season? Have a look at our Winter Birding Tour in Bulgaria
Alternative Tour Name: Spring Birdwatching Trip