Woodpeckers, Owls and Grouse Tour


This tour gives a great opportunity to see all the 9 species of woodpeckers, occurring in Europe, plus some elusive species of owls and grouse, staying high in the wish-list of many birders.

Day 1

Arrival at Sofia Airport.

One hour and a half transfer southeast to the eastern part of the Rila Mnts.

Accommodation in Rila area for two nights.

Day 2

We will spend the whole day in the coniferous forests of Rila Mnts, where we will be searching for the Eurasian Pygmy Owl and Hazel Grouse, as well as Black, Grey-headed and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, other mountain species that we may expect to see here include Spotted Nutcracker, Ring Ouzel, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Firecrest, Red Crossbill, etc.

Day 3

Transfer to Trigrad area in Western Rhodope Mnts. On the way we will check a few places for Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Black, Grey-headed and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers. If we are lucky we may even see here the elusive Three-toed Woodpecker and Tengmalm‘s Owl.

Accommodation in Trigrad area for two nights.

Day 4

Morning walk in conifer and deciduous forests with chances to see a Hazel Grouse, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers.

Then we could visit the Trigrad Gorge to try our chances to see the Wallcreeper. Other interesting birds we may expect to see here include Peregrine Falcon, Spotted Nutcracker, White-throated Dipper, Crested Tit, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Firecrest, Bullfinch.

Day 5

Transfer to Central Balkan National Park. In the evening we will try to see Tawny and Ural Owls.

Accommodation in Beklemeto area for two nights.

 Day 6

The whole day we will explore the area of the Central Balkan National Park. Here our target species will be White-backed Woodpecker and Rock Partridge. We can also expect to see here the Black, Grey-headed, Greater and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers.

 Day 7

Transfer to Western Balkan Mountain. On the way we will check a few areas for Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Eurasian Eagle Owl.

Accommodation in Western Balkan Area for two nights.

Day 8

We will spend a full day in the Western Balkan Mountains, searching for Rock Partridge and again – we will try to find those species of birds, which we have missed or not seen well in the previous days. Some of the species of birds likely to be seen here include the White-backed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Alpine Chough, Golden Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Sombre Tit, Rock Bunting, Cirl Bunting.

 Day 9

Transfer to Sofia airport for departure.

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