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Serbia – The Final Countdown

Long-eared Owls congregated outside the church in Kikinda

What a fantastic trip to Northern Serbia! Everyone on the tour had an amazing time so roll on next year! In the meantime, here’s the list of species that we saw and heard.

Bird list:

  • Barn Owl
  • Black Redstart
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Blackbird
  • Blue Tit
  • Buzzard
  • Caspian Gull
  • Chaffinch
  • ((Coal Tit))
  • Collared Dove
  • Common Crane
  • Coot
  • Cormorant
  • Corn Bunting
  • Crested Lark
  • Curlew
  • Feral Pigeon
  • Fieldfare
  • Gadwall
  • Goldcrest
  • Goldfinch
  • Great Egret
  • Great Grey Shrike
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greenfinch
  • Grey Heron
  • Greylag Goose
  • Hen Harrier
  • Hooded Crow
  • House Sparrow
  • Jackdaw
  • Kestrel
  • Lapwing
  • Linnet
  • Little Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Magpie
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Mute Swan
  • Peregrine
  • ((Pheasant))
  • Pygmy Cormorant
  • Raven
  • Reed Bunting
  • Robin
  • Rook
  • Shelduck
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Short-toed Treecreeper
  • Shoveler
  • ((Siskin))
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Syrian Woodpecker
  • Teal
  • Tree Sparrow
  • White Wagtail
  • White-fronted Goose
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Wigeon
  • Wood Pigeon
  • ((Wren))

Mammals:

  • Wild Cat – 2 seen separately but in the same general area. One was an immature female the other an adult male.
  • Roe Deer
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Species

Note: * ((heard))

Serbia Winter Owl Tour 2015 – Day 2

Today was a largely grey day with a few spots of rain but that did nothing to dampen spirits. Along with a showy Great Grey Shrike we saw Great Egret, Pygmy Cormorant, Short-toed Treecreeper, Hen and Marsh Harriers, White-tailed Eagle plus the obligatory Long-eared Owls.

Long-eared Owl

We also got lucky finding three Short-eared Owls amongst a LEO roost. They were readily identifiable by their larger size, longer narrower wings and by their habit of spiralling upwards before returning to their perch. LEO’s when disturbed tend to fly low and direct into a nearby tree.

Short-eared Owl

Serbia Winter Owl Tour 2015 – Day 1

My long awaited Serbia Winter Owl Trip is underway and day one was absolutely awesome. Today was spent in the Rusanda area as well as the owl capital of the world – Kikinda. Of course, Long-eared Owls were the order of the day!

However, by far the biggest surprise of the day was a young female Wild Cat seen by chance along the roadside on the way to Kikinda. It was hiding in a ditch trying to conceal itself from a shepherd and his dogs that were a mere hundred yards away in the next field.

I managed to grab a couple of shots before it slunk away. It was my first ever Wild Cat and totally unexpected!

Here’s to more owls tomorrow!

The group with Milan Ružić, my guide (2nd on left)