In mid-May, Lance led the first Bird Holidays tour to Poland for quite a few years. Beginning in the Bialowieza Forest, we spent three days exploring a range of habitats, confirmed why this destination is so acclaimed. Stunning black and white male Collared Flycatchers seemed everywhere, but especially so in the 'Strict Reserve', the most ancient part of the forest. Summer visiting warblers included several song-flighting Barred, whilst woodpeckers included all of Black, Middle-spotted, Grey-headed, White-backed and best of all, a lovely pair of Three-toed watched feeding young at a nest hole. Nearby the Siemianowka Reservoir did us proud with classic views of a Greater Spotted Eagle soaring alongside a Lesser Spotted! Moving on to the Biebrza Marshes, singing Aquatic Warblers stole the show, though White-winged Terns in their hundreds, Golden Orioles, Bluethroats and several Elk feeding on expansive sedge marsh were very memorable.
This day-roosting Pygmy Owl performed admirably at Bialowieza.
Our group was sad to leave Biebrza on the last day.
The Biebrza Marshes host a handful of breeding pairs of Citrine Wagtail. This species occurs commonly in Asia and is here at the western limit of its breeding range.
Blue-headed Wagtails proved common in the lush riverside meadows.
Aquatic Warblers are classified as 'Vulnerable' by Birdlife International, following habitat destruction in the second half of the 19th century. Poland hosts a hugely important breeding population in the vast sedge mires of Biebrza and we were pleased to see up to five singing birds during our visit.
Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.
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