Wallcreeper by Mladen Vasilev

A short break in Bulgaria’s magnificent Trigrad Gorge – probably the most reliable place in Europe to find and enjoy this exciting bird.


This tour will take you to the famous Rhodope Mountains in southern Bulgaria, close to the country’s border with Greece. As we enter the mountain the rolling landscape gradually becomes rugged and occasionally cut by translucent streams winding through deep gorges. One of them is the magnificent Trigrad Gorge – a spectacular crevasse of sheer limestone cliffs and the realm of the Wallcreeper.
Several Wallcreeper pairs nest along the gorge and can be easily seen constantly flicking their crimson-and-black wings while investigating the rocky nooks for food.

We will spend our time exploring the limestone cliffs of the Trigrad Gorge and the conifer forests and mountain meadows in the vicinity of Trigrad. Apart from the Wallcreeper we will be able to enjoy
birds like the Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Alpine Swift, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, White-throated Dipper, Red-backed Shrike, Rock Bunting, etc., rare and endemic flowers,
including the Orpheus’ Flower (Haberlea rhodopensis) and a variety of orchids, as well as many butterflies, such as the Scarce Swallowtail and the Apollo.

Leaving Trigrad we will spend some time in other parts of the Western Rhodopes in search for Pallid Swift, Spotted Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Willow Tit, Common Crossbill, Firecrest, Goldcrest, etc. In the steppe grasslands and cliffs in the foot of the mountain we will be looking for Short-toed Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Stone Curlew, Greater Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Lesser Grey Shrike, Isabelline Wheatear, Ortolan Bunting, Black-headed Bunting and the Souslik.

Depending of your flight schedule we can visit the Vitosha Mountain near Sofia, where we expect to find Water Pipit, Horned Lark (ssp. balcanica), Ring Ouzel (ssp. alpestris), Spotted Nutcracker, etc.

If you wish to join one of our scheduled Wallcreeper Short Breaks, please check the availability.

Download the check-list of birds likely to be seen on this tour.

Wallcreepers by Mladen Vasilev

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