Birding in Slovakia

Europe/Slovakia

Spring in Slovakia – Woodpeckers and Owls

Slovakia, 8 days

Springtime in the mountains! Woodpeckers are drumming loudly, sought-after owls are hooting at dusk and raptors abound!
The Tatra Mountains of Slovakia are the perfect place to observe several highlight species such as Golden and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Ring Ouzel, Hazel Grouse, all 10 European Woodpeckers, Common Crossbill, Crested Tit, an if you are lucky Capercaillie or Wallcreeper. In the alpine zone Water Pipit, and Alpine Accentor are found along with Chamois and Alpine Marmot.

The limestone region of the Slovak Karst offers an abundance of owl and woodpecker species. Pygmy, Tengmalm’s, Ural and Eagle Owl are all found, plus Hazel Grouse, 10 species of woodpecker including Three-toed and White-backed, Collared Flycatcher and later in the season Corncrake, River and Barred Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher. The area is also famous for its rich butterfly and bat fauna.

Facts

Highlights

Hotels

3 nights in a hotel located in the entrance of a very nice valley in the Low Tatras
4 nights in a hotel in the Slovakian Karst region

Departure Dates

Saturday 15 – Saturda y22 April 2017

Price

from 1,595 € + 220 € (Single room supplement)
Ask for the actual price

Optional programmes

Cable car to the higher region to look for alpine species
Participation in the capturing of bats at one of the best places for bats in Europe

Itinerary

1

After landing at Poprad or Budapest Airport (depending on best available flights) we drive to our hotel overlooking the snowcapped peaks of the Tatras. Time permitting we visit a nearby reservoir for ducks, waders and gulls.

2-3

We spend 2 days in the Tatras searching for Lesser Spotted and Golden Eagle, Three-toed and White-backed Woodpecker, Ural and Pygmy Owl, Nutcracker, Firecrest, Crested Tit, Common Crossbill and Wallcreeper. We might visit the higher regions with a cable car in search of alpine species such as Water Pipit, Alpine Accentor, Chamois and Alpine Marmot.

4-7

We head south to the Slovakian Karst region. We spend 3 full days in the scenic woodlands home to Ural, Pygmy and Tengmalm’s Owl, all European woodpeckers, Red-breasted and Collared Flycatcher, Corncrake and Hawfinch among others. The area is very good for bats and butterflies and one evening we can participate in mistnetting bats close to our hotel.

8

We drive to the airport stopping en route for birds.

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