Romania boasts an impressive range of wildlife habitats which makes it the perfect location for a variety of exciting bird communities. Indeed, the mighty Carpathians have some of Europe's wildest forests and mountains and the remarkable Danube Delta is almost unique in its extent and variety. Further east the Black Sea coastline is dotted with saline and freshwater marshes, lagoons, beaches and dunes. Indeed, several visits are needed to do justice to Romania's habitats, birds, and culture. A number of species that are rare vagrants to the rest of Europe frequent here. Ruddy Shelduck, Black-winged Pratincole, Paddyfield Warbler, and Isabelline and Pied wheatears, although not super common, do breed along the ever important, coastal plains of Dobrudja. Romania also holds the largest population of Lesser Grey Shrikes and nesting Great White Pelicans as well as a critical proportion of the threatened Dalmatian Pelican population. The bulk of the European population of Ferruginous Duck is found here and in some winters you may see the entire world population of Red-breasted Goose!
The Danube Delta provides nesting sites and stop over habitat for a wide variety of breeding and migrating birds, many of which are categorized as threatened across all ranges. The vast uplands, forests, meadows, pasture and gorges of Transylvania and the Carpathians contain, amongst many other species, a wide range of raptors, Wallcreeper, Eurasian Eagle, Ural, Pygmy and Boreal Owls, Western Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel, Shore Lark, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Eurasian Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Rock Bunting, and all of Europe's woodpecker species.
Contributor: Gerard Gorman/PROBIRDER: www.probirder.com
Delta Nature Resort, observe a variety of birds and wildlife on location!
A different variety of birds thrive during each season in the Danube Delta and along the coast of the Black Sea.
From April to mid June the wetlands along the sea are alive with passage birds. In summer months songbird activity is low but breeding bird behavior is at its peak as weather conditions are ideal along the coast. By August post-breeding wader passage has begun.
Autumn brings forth the most enjoyable weather and while the forest and mountains are not at their bests, the coast of the Black Sea is in full swing with a rich and remarkable variety of species traversing eastern Romania. The end of October sees the arrival of White-fronted and Red-breasted Goose.
As long as you can withstand the cold, sites along the Black Sea and adjacent Dobrudja Plain offer some of Europe's best birding! In productive winters grebes, ducks and geese have been seen in flocks up to half a million!