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Old Saturday 13th August 2011, 03:57   #1
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Mid-September, Europe. Best places for a week's birding?

Flying from Bristol, England. Any help appreciated as to where a good hot-spot would be at this time in Europe. The Med sounds ok. But which island, region or country would be the safest choice to be in a migration warm point?

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Old Saturday 13th August 2011, 14:49   #2
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Mallorca, see report just posted in trip reports.
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Old Sunday 14th August 2011, 02:13   #3
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Thanks Stephen and Robert. Most interesting. Spent a good week in Menorca in May. Will eventually post trip report.
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Mid-September, Europe. Best places for a week's birding?

Hi Phil
Portugal, the Algarve is excellent at that time of year.
We normaly go a little later, report here.
lso Lesvos is quite good for return migration.
The people are friendly and the sites very accessible.
There are a few September Lesvos trip reports here..
Best of luck whatever you decide.
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Nick mentions the Algarve which does have a good variety of birds. The downside is, an awful lot of driving is involved to get to the various hotspots.
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Flying from Bristol, England. Any help appreciated as to where a good hot-spot would be at this time in Europe. The Med sounds ok. But which island, region or country would be the safest choice to be in a migration warm point?

Any thoughts, very much appreciated! Thank you!
Bulgaria.

BalkanHolidays fly from Bristol to Varna.
A package to Albena puts you in striking range for Kaliakra,Shabla and Durankulak.Or get flight only.
Fantastic migration and lots of potential for finding rare stuff.

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Bulgaria.

BalkanHolidays fly from Bristol to Varna.
A package to Albena puts you in striking range for Kaliakra,Shabla and Durankulak.Or get flight only.
Fantastic migration and lots of potential for finding rare stuff.

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They actually fly to Bourgas ,not Varna.
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Mick, Robert and Pete,

Thanks very muchly!
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Old Tuesday 30th August 2011, 10:10   #9
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Have you considered Batumi, Georgia?
Pretty sure nothing beats Batumi in autumn: 100.000ths of raptors, great potential finding vagrant passerines, some regional endemics (Great Rosefinch, Guldenstadt's Redstart, Caucasian Snowcock, Cauc. Black Grouse), and lots of other stuff...

All info here: www.batumiraptorcount.org
and the up-to-date results of the raptor count here:
http://trektellen.nl/trektelling.asp...0110827&taal=2
http://trektellen.nl/trektelling.asp...0110826&taal=2
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Try Hortobagy National Park in Eastern Hungary. I was there two years ago in early October. Brilliant spot.
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Old Friday 2nd September 2011, 14:00   #11
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Narbonne and gruissan if it's migration. Maybe organbidexka in the basque region of France.

Posted up a few bits before from migraction.net

http://www.migraction.net/index.php?...frmDoy=262&f=0

Is a snap shot of one day mid September last year.

Lots of places to explore in the area as well as the migration watchpoint.
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Other birds include moustached warbler, difficult in September but connected in April thus year, slender billed gull, purple gallinule, dartford and scrub warblers.
Marsh birds.
Eagle owl.
I usually get there at the beginning of October (not necessarily a selling point) so would hate to promise things like black eared wheatears, wood chat shrike and other breeding birds which may have already left.....
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Got to be Barcelona. A few migrants in the city, raptor migration in the hills just inland and easy to get to, a day out with Stephen C (or more days, perhaps ot hit several environments) and La Merce festival to keep you (very) entertained at night, if mid-September encompasses 22nd-25th (dates vary). Birds might be better at some spots but the night life is unequalled.
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What about flying to Bordeaux, very easy from Bris. Public transport also easy - TGV out to Bassin d'Arcachon, stop off at Le Teich.
Not been in September yet but a very short visit In May was great and autumn migration reputedly excellent.
Plus the advantage of great food and wine!
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Thanks so much everyone for your useful and kind advice. In the end we plumped for south-east Algarve and we will be based on the Ria Formosa Reserve. So Mick, I guess that you "Swayed" our decision! (Sorry about that!)
A trip report will follow, and very many thanks everyone for providing great advice, and making an interesting thread for everyone else thinking of travelling in mid-September!
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Realise you are going or have gone to the algarve but check out what you could have seen....

http://www.migraction.net/index.php?...list&year=2011

This is in addition to local birds.....

Hope the eleanoras kicks around for one more week..............
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