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Meadoew Pipits in Bulgaria

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Old Monday 28th October 2019, 18:58   #1
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Meadoew Pipits in Bulgaria

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I live in Samovodene, a village about 10 kilometres from Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria. On 21st October (2019), I am pretty sure that I heard a group of Meadow Pipits (Anthus Pretrosis) flying over while birding in the hills within walking distance of my home. I have never seen this species here before and I would like to hear from anyone who has had experience of seeing Meadow Pipits in my area or has detailed knowledge of their distribution/occurence in Bulgaria. Thank you.
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Old Monday 28th October 2019, 19:10   #2
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Hello Ron,

I can't speak for your region but Meadow Pipit is certainly a regular winter visitor here on the coast.

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Old Wednesday 30th October 2019, 09:49   #3
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Hi Chris
Thank you for your message. I am sorry that I have not kept up a regular correspondence with you but this is down to laziness, not ill manners. My prostate issues seem to have been resolved for the time being but the back problem (spinal stenosis) is still giving me aggrevation. I have done some birding; I recently spent some time with my brother in Wiltshire and whilst there we managed to 'twitch' the Eastern Olivaceous Warbler at Farlington Marshes in Hampshire. The bird showed briefly on a couple occasions! This is a bird that I hope to stumble on here.
The hill walk on 21st. October produced a Great Grey Shrike, two flyover Crested Larks, 7 Woodlarks, two Black Redstarts and a Robin (a rare sighting for me) - 22 species in all.
Will speak to you soon Chris.

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Hi Ron,

No need to aplogise, I am just as guilty - once or twice recently I have thought I must get in touch with you and then didn't!
Good to know you have a diagnosis for your back problem now, what is the prognosis?
I read about the Hants EOW on BirdForum, a nice bird to have on your UK list! It's not uncommon around here (although it tends to be a skulker!), I even have it on my garden list.
Autumn raptor migration was kind to me, I managed to add White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagle to my patch list, along with Levant Sparrowhawk which was a Lifer!
Now the vertical and winter migrants are arriving - Dunnock, Coal Tit, Siskin, Goldcrest, Brambling and yesterday the first Fieldfare. Speak soon!

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Old Thursday 7th November 2019, 21:21   #5
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Hi Chris
I went out and did part of our Country road walk today (7 November) and saw a lot of birds from a numerical point of view (eighteen species in all). I tried to post my sightings on 'ebird' but their website was down and frankly I find the process of submitting my data to them so awkward!
Today I saw what I was pretty sure was a ringtail Hen Harrier, only a relatively brief sighting. I cannot seem to access any information on the status and distribution of Hen Harriers in Bulgaria; I imagine that they are winter visitors and that they don't breed in BG. If you can add to my very scant knowledge of this species I would be very grateful.

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Hi Ron,

As you surmise Hen Harrier is a winter visitor here (I am fortunate to have had at least one pair around Byala the last few years) and can also be seen on migration. I was able to add it to my garden list thanks to a handsome male passing over last Friday with a group of Common/Steppe Buzzards. There are no confirmed reports of it having bred here in recent years.
I find SmartBirds (not the Pro version) to be a very useful app for info on breeding birds in Bulgaria.

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Hi Chris
Thank you for your very prompt reply. I will check out the SmartBirds app and see what I can dig up.

Cheers!

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