New record of a Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Horned Grebe, photo: Petar Iankov

The Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) is somehow a phantom bird in Bulgaria. It is known that it occurs in the country during the migration period and winter time, but our knowledge about it is far from the desirable level. We do not know enough how many of these birds stay in Bulgaria, where, during which periods, etc. This species even did not find its place in the Bulgarian Red Data Book, in spite of the fact, that its global population is decreasing (http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3640). One of the main reasons for our scarce knowledge about this bird is its considerable similarity and identification difficulties with the much more numerous and widespread Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis). That is why any record of the Horned Grebe is important - it would be not a big surprise if tomorrow this species will appear in the list of the globally endangered birds!
On 20.11.2015 in the eastern part of Pomorie Lake one Horned Grebe was observed. The bird was fishing successfully in spite of the stormy wind and the waves. The grebe was keeping separate from both Coots (Fulica atra) and the three Black-necked Grebes in the same part of the lake.
For more information:

Petar Iankov
BSPB Nature Conservation Centre PODA
Phone: +359 56 / 500 560
Mobile: + 359 878 252 722



Horned Grebe, photo: Petar Iankov
Horned Grebe, photo: Petar Iankov