Unusual autumn at the BSPB Poda Protected Site


The autumn at the BSPB Poda Protected Site shows some interesting contrasts. Some birds, which normally should enjoy now the warm African climate, are still here. Three little egrets, two Eurasian spoonbills, single common terns were observed at the protected site even during the last days of October. Migration of the common buzzard, Eurasian sparrowhawk, Montagu's harrier and other raptors is still ongoing. Active is the passage of the chaffinch, siskin, chiffchaff, mistle thrushes and fieldfares, common skylarks, water pipits, and till the last days of October - of...

A new species for Poda Protected Site – the rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri)


The list of Poda Protected Site increased with one more species - the rose-ringed parakeet ( Psittacula krameri ). On 29.06.2016 г. едone individual was seen to fly in South-Eastern direction over the BSPB Poda Nature Centre, giving its characteristic calls. This is the 281st species of the bird fauna of the Protected Site. The rose-ringed parakeet is considered to be an invasive species to Europe, i.e., alien species, which disperses throughout the continent and forms self-sustainable populations, not without human help. Naturally it occurs in Southern Asia and...

Flock of the globally endangered yelkouan shearwaters (Puffinus yelkouan) over the Burgas Bay


Flock of about 130 yelkouan shearwaters (Puffinus yelkouan) was observed on 02.05.2016 at the Burgas Bay, Bulgaria. The birds were moving towards East, flying low over the water and rising up from time to time over its surface. It is well known that flocks of thousands yelkouan shearwaters enter Black Sea through the Bosporus and wander hundreds kilometers over the sea, reaching its northernmost parts. Their movements, however, are not very well known, though some years tens of thousands of these birds have been seen to pass along the Bulgarian coastline. It is a...

Delegation of the Ministry of Forests and Water Resources of Turkey visited Poda Nature Conservation Centre


On 19 April 2016 the Nature Conservation Centre Poda was hosting of a delegation of the Ministry of Forests and Water Resources of Republic of Turkey. The delegation was of thirteen members and it is on an official visit to Bulgaria for sharing the experience of our country in the field of preparation of an inventory of the wetlands and conservation of the wetlands, included in the List of the Ramsar Convention. The BSPB managed Protected Site Poda together with the adjacent Foros Bay is one of the 11 Bulgarian Ramsar Sites. During the years after designating it as...

The first Eurasian Spoonbills has arrived at Poda Protected Site


The first for this year three Eurasian Spoonbills were observed at Poda Protected Site on 05.03.2016. The birds landed at the already composed Grey Heron's colony, where they usually breed. The most well known treasure of Poda - the mixed colony of wetland birds, this year is at the same place as in 2015, on the Tamarisk bushes in the quietest part of the site. Besides the Grey Herons and Eurasian Spoonbills, single pairs of Night Herons and Pygmy Cormorants established themselves there, too. The BSPB Nature Conservation Centre Poda is very obliged to the Burgas...