Eastern Europe is a destination for many birders who wish to tick off species that are rare or absent in the west. However, there are many birds here of course that are also found in the rest of Europe, but in many cases they are more common. Here is one common, but nevertheless fine species... a Song Thrush in Hungary.
Spring is here in Eastern Europe ! Migrant birds are pouring back and many are already breeding, such as this White Stork Ciconia ciconia on a roadside utility pole in Hungary. Photo by Gerard Gorman, Kiskunsag, April 2013.
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor (aka Northern Shrike) breeds in the north of the region and in scattered upland areas in the south and east. Elsewhere, it is a common visitor in winter. Photo taken in eastern Hungary, October 2012, by Gerard Gorman.
Puise Nina (The Puise Peninsula) juts into the Batlic Sea on the very NW tip of Matsalu Bay, Estonia. This is a great spot to watch passage birds in April and early May, particularly divers, geese, sea-duck and waders.
This blog focuses on birds & birding from the Baltic to the Black Sea. With info & photos on species, destinations, country profiles, tours & conservation. I hope you find the info helpful and the photos enticing. To read earlier posts, simply scroll down, visit the ARCHIVE (below) or use the SEARCH BLOG function (top left) to find the topics that most interest you. Good browsing, good birding! Gerard Gorman
PROBIRDER: VISIT EASTERN EUROPE WITH THE LEADERS IN THE FIELD, FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BALKANS!
This site guide was published in 2006 and covers the best birding sites in 11 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia. Click on the cover
When joining any birding tour be sure that the organising company operates in an environmentally responsible manner. Over the years many of the bird tour companies and birding groups that I have worked with in Eastern Europe have supported local projects and organisations. Beneficiaries have included the Large Carnivore Project in Transylvania, the Falco Cherrug Club for young people in Tulcea, Romania, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, the Raptor Working Group of the Hungarian Ornithological Society, Butterfly Conservation, and funds were also raised for the building of birding towers in the Hortobagy National Park, Hungary. Gerard Gorman.