A short break in Bulgaria’s magnificent Trigrad Gorge – probably the most reliable place in Europe to find and enjoy this exciting bird.
The tour starts from Sofia at 9.00 h in the morning at the latest. The tour participants will be picked up either from Sofia Airport, as they are kindly requested to arrive there until 9.00 h (9 a.m.), or from their accommodation place within the city of Sofia, if they have arrived earlier. Transfer southeast for ~ 3 hours – to the Trigrad area of the Western Rhodope Mountains (near the border with Greece).
Accommodation in Trigrad area for two nights.
We will spend most of our time exploring the limestone cliffs of the Trigrad Gorge, searching for the locally breeding Wallcreepers. We will also explore the conifer forests and mountain meadows in the vicinity of Trigrad, where we will be able to enjoy other specialty birds like the Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Alpine Swift, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, White-throated Dipper, Rock Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, as well as rare and endemic flowers, including the Orpheus’ Flower (Haberlea rhodopensis), a variety of orchids and many butterflies, such as the Apollo and the White Admiral.
Depending on the success with the Wallcreeper observation in the previous day we may either spend most of the day in the Trigrad Gorge again, or leave for Sofia earlier in the day, with extensive stops in other parts of the Western Rhodopes and the mountain’s foothills. There we will have good chances to see Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Stone Curlew, Pallid Swift, Greater Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Crested Tit, Sombre Tit, Firecrest, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Isabelline Wheatear, Black-headed Bunting, etc.
Overnight in Sofia.
Departure day. Depending of your flight schedule we can visit the Vitosha Mountain near Sofia in the morning, where we expect to find Spotted Nutcracker, Water Pipit, Ring Ouzel (ssp. alpestris), Willow Tit, Common Crossbill, Firecrest and Goldcrest.