Our membership of Bed and Birding is going well. We are now linked in with 44 other birding lodges around the world!
Chris Packham visited Bed & Birding stand this afternoon. He thanked us for donating to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, a campaign we support especially b...ecause of Red-breasted Goose shooting in Bulgaria.
From left to right: Pavel Simeonov, Chris Packham, Paul Goriup and Pavel Simeonov jnr. More: www.bedandbirding.com
I am just a beginner, but fascinated birdwatcher, living in Chisinau. I have found the little book “A guide to finding birds in Odessa Region” and I want to say that it is amazing how you succeeded to pack so much practical guidance, enthusiasm, and beauty into such a compact format. Many thanks and congratulations for that!
Last weekend we visited the Black Sea Biosphere Reserve, near Gola Pristan in Kherson region, hosted by Dr Olga Umanets. Designated in 1927, the BSBR is the oldest marine-based protected area in the Black Sea. It comprises extensive coastal steppe, part of the Dnipro delta, lagoons, sandy islets with seabird colonies and some patches of mixed oak forest. The flora and fauna, in completely natural landscapes, are stunning. For birds, the BSBR was one of the last regular stopov...er sites for slender-billed curlew; has the largest colony of Mediterranean gulls anywhere, has a resident pair of steppe eagles, and hosts large numbers of migratory shorebirds. In our two days, we recorded 94 species, which is not bad for mid April. These included white-tailed and steppe eagles, long-legged buzzard, slender-billed gull, wryneck, red-throated pipit and short-toed lark. The huge numbers of calandra larks, sky larks and corn buntings were astonishing, and driving gently through flocks of ruff feeding in the steppe was remarkable. Perhaps the most memorable time was having a picnic at the warden's post at the base of Tendrovsky spit: his garden was stuffed with lesser whitethroats and willow warblers, as well as common redstart, black redstart, collared flycatcher, wryneck, nightingale, and whinchat. Definitely adding BSBR to our bird tour itinerary!
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