Bulgaria is great, nothing much new for me, only Dalmatian pelican and sombre tit, both of which we managed to see, pygmy cormorant was a western-pally tick.
Highlights were though:
1) Family Parties of pied wheatears at Kaliakra Point
|male pied wheatear|
2) golden oriole chasing a roller from it's patch - there is no more a colourful spectacle in Europe, even the Dutch in tonight's world cup final.
3) an eagle owl perched in a tree in Rusenski Lom National Park
|Eagle Owl in Rusenski Lom National Park|
Other superb birds included: Lots of family parties of red-backed, woodchat and southern grey shrike, black-headed buntings, rose-coloured starling, olive-tree warblers, great reed and savi's warblers, white-tailed eagle and stacks of beeaters...... All in all, a good trip!
|male red-backed shrike|
I called in at Druridge last night for a bit, nothing much doing, though I did confirm that reed warbler are breeding for the first time at Druridge in the phragmites at the eastern end f the big pool, the first confirmed breeding of reed warbler at Druridge as far as I know. The phragimites had started to colonise the SE corner of the pool quite well.
offshore, 32 manx shearwater moved north in ten minutes, a mass of horrid black flies prevented any further seawatching.