Friday, 23 December 2011

Destinations: Zagreb - Croatia

Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, has some good birding sites right on its doorstep. Maksimir Park (in photo) lies in the east, near the zoo, and has wooded areas and man-made ponds where Hawfinch, Short-toed Treecreeper and several woodpeckers are resident. In summer Collared Flycatcher, Nightingale, Serin and Golden Oriole are here, too. Savica is an area of ox-bows and gravel-pits near the River Sava where Little Bittern and White Stork, for example, can be seen. Just north of the city are the forests of Mount Medvednica where Black Woodpecker, Dipper, Crested Tit and Goshawk reside. In spring and summer migrant songbirds arrive and breed. Note: better to visit these spots on weekdays rather than weekends or public holidays. 

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Birding Tour: Estonia Spring 2012

The UK based birdwatching tour company Heatherlea is running a tour to ESTONIA next spring. Dates are 29th April to 6th May, 2012. Key birds sought on the tour will include Whooper and Bewicks Swans, Barnacle, Bean Geese, Lesser Spotted and Greater Spotted Eagles, Hazel Grouse, Great Snipe, Corncrake, Black Stork, Pygmy and Ural Owls, White-backed and Eurasian Three-toed Woodpeckers, Common Rosefinch and Citrine Wagtail, and many, many more. For further details click here: ESTONIA TOUR

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Special Birds: Syrian Woodpecker

Dendrocopos syriacus is resident from lowland Czech Republic and Austria in the west, to the Ukraine in the east. It is particularly common from Hungary into the eastern Balkans. It is not a forest species, rather it lives in secondary habitats such as orchards and gardens.