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Republic of Poland

Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus ©Sue Tranter

Birding Poland

The importance of Poland lays in its large natural habitats. In the east, there are several large forests. Most famous is Białowieża, the last deciduous woods in Europe which have never been managed by mankind. There are raptors, hazelhen, owls, woodpeckers, flycatchers, as well as large mammals, like European Bison.

Several river valleys, notably Vistula (Wisła); Narew, Bug, Warta and Oder (Odra); have wide flood lands or sandy islands full of water birds and waders. Marshes along Biebrza are the largest wetland in Europe, with large populations of Aquatic Warbler, Spotted Eagle, Great Snipe and White-winged Black Tern among over 200 species.

There are mountains in the south, notably Taras (Tatry) and Bieszczady, with raptors and alpine species like Wallcreeper. Northern Poland is dotted with lakes and forests and is very important for waterfowl and migrating birds especially the Bay of Gdañsk and large fishponds (like Milicz) and reservoirs (Słońsk, Turawski, Mietkowski). The northeast has several eastern specialities on the edge of their range such as Citrine Wagtail and Greenish Warbler.

Much of the countryside is still low-intensity farmland teeming with birds. White Storks, Corncrakes and many other birds can be found everywhere, even on the outskirts of cities.

Poland has about 3.000 birdwatchers and ornithologists, not much for a country of this size. Bird-related movement is organized mainly around biology departments of universities. Many birdwatchers collect data on bird distribution and numbers, and work in several conservation organizations. Most active are North Podlasie Society of Bird Protection (Północnopodlaskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków) caring for the north-eastern region, Nature Conservation Society Salamandra, and Eagle Conservation Committee. With so many habitats with breeding birds, twitching and listing in Poland is less popular. Rushing to the opposite end of country for a particular rarity is almost unheard of. Therefore, Polish Rarities Commitee (Komisja Faunistyczna) often receives its records rather late.

There is as yet no birdline, but there is active national birding list PTAKI (birds) - Polish bird list. Main language is Polish, but messages in English are understood by Ptaki members. To subscribe, send a letter to: listserv@main.amu.edu.pl and type in the body of message: Subscribe Ptaki Name Surname

Contributor

Jerzy Dyczkowski

jerzyd@ibb.waw.pl

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 446

(As at July 2018)

Checklist

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Useful Reading

An Introduction to the Bird Song of Poland

Mandarin Productions | Dec 2006 | CD | Runtime: 72 Minutes |

ISBN: #161551

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Bialowieza Site Guide

(Where to Watch the Birds and Large Mammals of the Bialowieza Forest) | by Lukasz Mazurek & Tomasz Jezierczuk | Wild Poland | 2011 | Paperback | 218 pages, Colour photos, maps |

ISBN: 9788392875727

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Biebrza Site Guide

(Where to Watch the Birds and Large Mammals of the Biebrza Marshes) by Lukasz Mazurek | Wild Poland | 2009 | Paperback | 96 Pages, 30 photos, 33 maps |

ISBN: 9788392875703

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Birding in Poland

by Adam Sterno | Oriolus Forläg | 2015 | Hardback | 610 pages | 20 plates of 40 Colour Photographs | 164 Map |

ISBN: 9789197865210

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Finding Birds in Eastern Poland

By Dave Gosney | Easybirder | 2016 | Paperback | 40 pages, 20 b/w maps |

ISBN: 9781907316517

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Finding Birds in Eastern Poland

By Dave Gosney | Easybirder | 2016 | DVD | Runtime 77 Minutes |

ISBN: 9781907316524

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Useful Information

National Bird

The White (aka White-tailed) Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla (Orzeł Biały) is part of the coat of arms of Poland.

Organisations

Birding Polska

Website

Birding in Poland is a must for every European birder. There is a big variety of species and different species which have become scarce in Western Europe, can still be seen here in good numbers….

Czaplon - Upper Vistula Birding Club

South Poland Group. Checklist of the birds of the Upper Vistula Valley. The Polish Avifaunistic Committee list of species all records which should be verified. GALLERY with over 100 photos. Recent records. Large gulls from Upper Vistula Valley.

Density of Corncrake in Poland

PDF Article

Density of the Corncrake Crex crex in selected areas in Poland on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.

Heliantus

Website

We are an NGO, which is doing ecological education in our region… …visitors can see: in winter - bird feeder online http://heliantus.org/index.php/karmnik/podglad-na-zywo and in spring and summer – white stork nest online http://heliantus.org/index.php/monitoring-bocianiego-gniazda

KULING - Waterbird Research Group

Website

Waterbird Research Group KULING was established in 1983 as an informal group dealing with autumn migration of waterbirds and waders in the Gulf of Gdansk. In 1996 we were registered as a non-governmental organisation. Since the beginning of our activity we have been closely related to the Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Zoology of the University of Gdansk and to its Student Scientific Ornithological Group.

Malopolskie Towarzystwo Ornitologiczne

Website

Our society was founded in 1982, originally as the Club of Ornithologists of Malopolska; since 1992 it has worked under its present name of the Malopolska Ornithological Society (Malopolskie Towarzystwo Ornitologiczne) as a formally registered organisation. The area in which the MTO works and carries out research covers the Malopolska Upland (Wyzyna Malopolska), the Carpathian Foothills (Podkarpacie) and the Carpathians which altogether constitute one fifth of the total area of Poland, in all about 60 000 sq km…

North Podlassian Society for Birds Protection

Website

North Podlassian Society for Birds Protection is the oldest Polish Bird Protection society…

Ornithological Station in Ruda Milicka

Website

The Station is located in the nature reserve Stawy Milickie (Milicz's Fish Ponds) - the largest reserve in Poland and one of the most important breeding area for water birds in Central Europe, protected with the RAMSAR convention. Staff members and students of Zoological Institute as well as visitors from other academic centres conduct here scientific research in various areas of zoology and ecology.

OTOP - Nadnotecka Grupa

Website

Zapraszamy do przegl¹dania strony poœwiêconej Nadnoteckiej Grupie Ogólnopolskiego Towarzystwa Ochrony Ptaków. Grupa powsta³a w koñcu 1997 roku z inicjatywy kilku mi³oœników ptaków z okolic Czarnkowa. Jej misj¹ jest ochrona ptaków i ich siedlisk na Ziemi Noteckiej, a szczególnie doliny Noteci…

OTOP - Leszczyñska Grupa

Website

Od dawna na terenie Ziemi Leszczyńskiej prowadzone są obserwacje ptaków. Dzięki dr Stanisławowi Kuźniakowi, któremu udało się zebrać grupę zapaleńców, włączyliśmy się w różne ogólnopolskie "ptasie akcje"…

Polish Rarities Committee

Information

Rarities Committees, following the model of the British one, are active in most of the European countries, co-operating in support of faunistic research. These are teams of experts in field ornithology, assigned to verify reports of bird species recognized as faunistically important to a certain area and period. Acceptance by the proper committee is a prerequisite for consideration of a record's validity, thus for its acknowledgement at international range as a scientific fact…

Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP)

Website

BirdLife partner in Poland…

Polskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Przyrody

Website

English and Polish. Polish Society of Nature Protection Salamandra. Mostly general wildlife, many photos.

Przemyœl Ornithology Society [Przemyskie Towarzystwo Ornitologiczne]

Website

The Przemyœl Ornithology Society aim at maintance of biological variety, preserving wild living birds as well as their natural habitat. Our Society also popularize natural history on the territory of its activity (Przemyœl province, Rzeszów province, Krosno province)…

Sekcja Ornitologiczna Kola Naukowego Lesnikow SGGW-AR

Facebook Page

Bird club of Agricultural University in Warsaw, with features on wild Wisla river valley and many links…

Zachodniopomorskie Towarzystwo Ornitologiczne - West-Pomeranien Ornithological Society

Website

West-Pomeranian Ornithological Society was registered in September 1994. But as an informal group of amateur ornithologists it has been acting for over 20 years. At the moment, it has almost 100 members. The society was registered in order increase the effectiveness of all activities which are undertaken by amateurs. The main, long-term aim of the association is achieving legal protection and full control of all grounds valuable for birds in Western Pomerania. Members of WPOS co-operate with The Szczecin Ornithological Station widwie. At the Station - thanks to the kindness of its management - the society has its seat. Buildings of the Station were built in 1974 by amateur ornithologists…

Reserves

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Bialowieza Primeval Forest

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The Largest Area of Natural Deciduous Lowland Forest in Europe

IBA Milicz Ponds - NR Barycz Valley Landscape Park

Information

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The ponds are located in Silesia, close to Breslaw. In the middle-ages, monks excavated carp ponds. Nowadays, they can hardly be distinguished from natural ones and are one of the most important resting places for migratory birds in west Poland. Due to their importance as a habitat and breeding ground for water birds, the ponds are a nature reserve (established 1963, area 53 km²), which is protected under the Ramsar conventio. Since 1996 it has also formed part of the larger protected area known as the Barycz Valley Landscape Park.

NP Belovezhskaya Pushcha

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In Belarus on the Polish border... The avifauna includes corncrake Crex crex (R); white-tailed eagle Haliaetus albicilla (R); white stork Ciconia ciconia, peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus and eagle owl Bubo bubo (MAB-Belarus, 1993)…

NP Bialowieski

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Bialowieski National Park is the oldest national park in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded as Reserve Forestry in 1921 but officially established as National Park in Bialowieza in 1932. In 1947 it was restored as the Bialowieski National Park. At one time the property of Polish kings, the Bialowieskie Forests have survived in an almost unaltered form. It is without a doubt the most valuable, natural area in the lowlands of entire Europe. Located on the watershed of the Baltic and Black seas, this immense forest range consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees is the home of some remarkable animal life including rare and interesting mammals…

NP Biebrzański

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The Biebrza National Park is located in Northeast Poland, in the Podlaskie Voivodship. The northeastern boundary of the park is near the Belarus border, and the Narew River and its confluence with the Biebrza River form the southern boundary. The park was established in 1993, and with a total area of 59.233 ha, it is the largest of the Polish national parks…

NP Bieszczady

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Bieszczady National Park is the third largest national park in Poland. It is located in the far south-east, in Podkarpackie Voivodeship, at the borders with the Slovak Republic and Ukraine…

NP Drawa

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There are 129 species of birds, 40 species of mammals, 7 species of reptiles and 13 species of amphibians. The good quality of water in the lakes and rivers enables various species of fish to flourish. Roe deer, red deer and wild boar are very common in the national park. The park also hosts high populations of eurasian otter and beaver. Occasionally moose and grey wolf can be found in the park.

NP Magura

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Animal life is very rich in the Park - there are 137 species of birds, including several endangered such as the eagle and eagle-owl as well as the stork. There are also 35 engagered mammal species including the brown bear (they roam back and forth between Poland and Slovakia), lynx, wildcat, wolf and otter.

NP Narew

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The Park’s landscape is predominantly made up by many varieties of marshes, reed beds, and there are also meadows and forests. The Narew Valley is a haven for birds - there are 179 species of them, including those unique for the area.

NP Wigry

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Wigry National Park is located in the north-east part of Poland, in Podlaskie Voivodeship. Its northern part lies within the East Suwalki Lakeland, while the southern part within the Augustow Plain. The Park was established in 1989 over the area of 14,956 ha. Currently, its area is 15,086 ha and includes 9,464 ha of forests, 2,908 ha of waters, and 2,714 ha of other, mostly agricultural land (2,229 ha). 623 ha which consists of 120 ha of forests are strictly protected. Agriculturally managed areas are encompassed by landscape protection.

NP Wolin

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The Park contains a varied flora and fauna. Its attractions include the sea cliffs of Gosań and Kawcza Góra, and a wisent (European bison) sanctuary.

NR & BS Karsiborska Kepa

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Karsiborska Kępa is an island near Świnoujście in north-western Poland. It is also the name of a nature reserve and bird sanctuary on the island. Wet, wild and buffeted by winds sweeping off the Baltic Sea, the island of Karsiborska Kepa is a remote place.

NR Łuknajno Lake

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The lake is the site of a nature reserve, and since 1977 has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a Ramsar site, in view of its importance as a breeding ground for water birds such as grebe, rail, moorhen, grey heron, bearded tit, white-tailed eagle, osprey, rust-coloured kite, cormorant and black tern. The lake is known since many decades as the habitat of the mute swan (Latin: Cygnus olor) – nesting there every year from a dozen to tens of dozen of pairs, and in time of moult arriving in numbers reaching up to 2,000 birds. The lake is part of the larger protected area known as Masurian Landscape Park.

Wetlands

Webpage

Poland currently has 19 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 153,385 hectares.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Bird Guide Poland

Tour Operator

Bialowieza Forest and Biebrza Marshes are the most famous birding hotspots in Poland. That`s true, but they are not the only ones to watch the birds! There are plenty of other places, excellent habitats and a real wildlife sanctuaries fulfiled with birds. Unfortunately unknown among foreign birdwatchers. Fortunately we know them all as we were born and live here watching birds whole year round, so we are able to help you find them. That is why we have launched this website…

E-Tours

Tour Operator

We have been organizing the birdwatching tours since 1991. We work for leading UK and world birding tour operators and various associations. We have three main criteria in designing the BW holidays: Professional competence and personality of expert group leaders and the local ornithologist Choice of the most interesting sites Smooth organization and a comfortable environment to ensure customer enjoyment and commercial success. E-mail us for a detailed itinerary and birdlists! info@etours.cz

Ecotours

Tour Operator

Our company was formed with the intention of popularising birding trips in Hungary, birdwatching, butterfly, wildlife and nature tours in Eastern Europe The natural Choice in Eastern Europe and worldwide…

GoForNature

Tour Operator

Foundation which organize nature trips to Poland…

Wild Poland

Tour Operator

Relax and let friendly, passionate professionals take you around. With us, wildlife’s closer than you think. Why? We’re crazy about wildlife ourselves. We’ve spent days and nights tracking and watching them all our youth. It’s our passion. We see their signs and tracks in places you’d never imagine. For us, every day out’s an adventure. Just check out the photos on our website. They were all done on our trips!

Wildlife Poland

Tour Operator

Our company is the first wildlife travel agency in Poland with over 20 years` experience in organizing trips, taking photographs of nature, making natural programs, etc.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2005 [04 April] - Fatbirder

Report

A chilly week in April in the marshes and forests of eastern Poland…

2009 [07 July] - John van der Woude

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…For Great Reed Warbler, small reed patches like this are sufficient. Also several Marsh Warblers, Golden Oriole, Middle Spotted Woodpecker…

2009 [09 September] - Honeyguide

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…A few marsh harriers remain and we find group of 46 cranes in a field. Farther along and there are more cranes: this time a count of 160 plus 70-odd flying away over a wood, then further scattered groups…

2010 [04 April] - Felix Fegar

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…Within a few minutes of polishing off our food we were wandering through open woodland carpeted with Wood Anemones, and almost immediately the first woodpecker on our ‘wanted list’ – Middle Spotted – was duly ticked off with fantastic views of a very obliging pair had by all…

2010 [05 May] - Felix Felgar

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…This section of the marsh also provided sight or sound of Great Egret, Common Crane, Common Snipe performing their drumming flights, booming Bitterns, Common Cuckoos, Marsh Harrier, Yellow Wagtail, Water Rail, Thrush Nightingale, Corncrake, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler…

2010 [05 May] - Helen Crowder & Andrew Gregory

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…From the bogbean and cottongrass at the start of the boardwalk, a grasshopper warbler emerged to sing and show for us. Whinchats, reed buntings and a meadow pipit sat in full view and white-winged terns hovered like sprites…

2010 [05 May] - Keith Grant

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…The Poland spring birding tour visits to the most famous national parks of the country, Białowieża and Biebrza National Park. Trip reports of 2010 and 2013 in the left side menu….

2011 [05 May] - Ian Reid & Tom Bedford

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We used Lukasz Mazurek’s excellent site guides for both places. The Biebrza guide came out in 2008 and has an excellent format with accurate maps, likely species, and an entertaining and occasionally quirky conversational style, as well as a list of species in English, Polish and German (and Latin), and other useful touches such as phonetic spellings of the Polish place names.,,

2011 [05 May] - Stephen Burch - Warta Mouth NP, Western Poland

Report

…This area has a brief mention in Gerard Gorman's excellent book on 'Birding in Eastern Europe', but this lacks any real site information. Fortunately, extensive pre-trip trawling of the web turned up a small number of very useful birders' trip reports. Thanks to all those who took the time to compose these…

2011 [05 May] – Honeyguide

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…an incredibly obliging elk emerged from the forest and strolled slowly across the fen. At one point it was barely 200 metres away…

2012 [03 March] - Mark Hows

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…The conditions were very icy and it was tricky going, but we had a golden eagle just as we left. The views gradually. We lost the scenic views as conditions worsened but we had some excellent views of a grey headed woodpecker, bank vole and a few red squirrels to compensate. Late afternoon we drove to a nearby town for shopping, eating etc…

2012 [03 March] - Stephen Burch

Report

…The birding highlights of the concrete road included plentiful migrant waders, including numerous Wood Sandpipers, summer plumage Ruff, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Redshank. Terns were also showing well, including all three marsh terns (Black, White-winged Black and Whiskered) as well as Common and Little Terns. There were plenty of newly arrived Gargeney around, one Ruddy Shelduck and a few winter duck still. Overhead I saw a single Black Stork (the only one of my visit), flocks of honking Cranes and a few White-tailed Eagles…

2012 [05 May] - Steve Grimwade - Bialowieza Forest & Biebrza Marshes

Report

…Eventually we reached our base and after checking into the hotel, dropped our bags off and headed to a nearby watchtower. A male PENDULINE TIT was seen very briefly although a GREAT REED WARBLER was much more obliging. From the watchtower we found good numbers of summer-plumaged BLACK TERNS and a couple of WHITE-WINGED TERN. A male SAVI'S WARBLER could be heard reeling although was only seen briefly in blowy conditions. The wind didn’t seem to be a problem for raptors as small numbers of MARSH HARRIER, four MONTAGU'S HARRIERS and a single COMMON BUZZARD were noted…

2013 [05 May] - Mark Denman

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…Votes for bird of the trip include Lesser Spotted Eagle, Pygmy Owl, Bluethroat, White-winged Tern and Red-necked Grebe but ‘pipping’ them at the post was Aquatic Warbler with three votes. Place of the trip is evenly spread between the Forest and the Marshes, but a special mention must go to The Strict Reserve that pulled in three votes….

2014 [06 June] - Stephen Burch - Western Poland & Brandenburg

Report

This was a long weekend solo birding trip and I decided to revisit the Warta Mouth area of Poland on day 1, hopefully for Barred & River Warblers before moving on to the Oder river area of Brandenburg, north east of Berlin for days 2 and most of 3, before my evening return. As I was on my own, fairly early starts and the occasional late finish were not a problem, although a bad back was.

2015 [02 February] - Lukasz Mazurek

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The group arrived the day before and we have met at their hotel downtown. By 16.30 we were on the bus and on our way north east. 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Hares were seen on the way but it soon became dark and we enjoyed the drive while Lukas introduced the group to the history and nature of nort eastern Poland. After checking in, a lovely dinner of traditional Polish soup and meats was followed by a short talk over a map.

2015 [03 March] - Biolowieza Forest

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We arrived late, entering the forest at around 10:30pm. The headlights lit up a Longeared Owl in flight, and shortly after a Yellow-necked Mouse. We decided to spotlight and within minutes we couldn’t believe our luck.. a pair of eyes, one moving to the right, the second staring straight. The movement of a Wolf, the spotlight lighting up the rear end and tail of the first as the second moved on. Having seen 2 Wolves, ecstatic, we drove on to our hotel.

2015 [05 May] - Białowieża & Biebrza Marshes

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...Finally, we stopped at some fishponds near Knyszyn and watched many waders, incl. Ruffs, Wood Sandpipers, Temmincks, Dunlins, Redshanks and Little Ringed Plovers. A White-tailed Eagle, Hobby and a Goshawk were also a nice sighting. Leter on our way we have also had good views of 3 Montagu’s Harriers at a road side and heard an Ortolan Bunting.

2015 [05 May] - Johnny Prochera - Bialowieza and Biebrza

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...Grey heron, House sparrow, Wood pigeon, Starling and more unusually for us Fieldfare were all common and we were treated to at least 4 Montagu’s harrier, 60-70 White storks and a couple of hunting Marsh harrier and Kestrel (a bird that was to become quite rare later on in the trip).

2016 [01 January] - Andrzej Petryna - Bialowieza

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...Before breakfast we watched some interesting birds around the bird feeder in the hotel garden, with Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch and Mistle Thrush....

2016 [02 February] - Andrzej Petryna - Bialowieza

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...We went back to the forest. After picnic lunch we took a walk in the forest to the feeding station. It was raining, so we didn’t see many birds, but we met Black Woodpecker and Northern Long-Tailed and Crested Tits...

2016 [02 February] - Andrzej Petryna - Bialowieza & Biebrza

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...y. When we looked round along the forest edge, we found Wolf footprints on the path. We went back to the forest, but still in its north part. After a picnic lunch we made some forest walks, starting from a clearing with the river. We found plenty of trees chopped down by Beavers and their tunnels made in elevated banks of the river, and the other 2 White-tailed Eagles soaring over the clearing as well as a Black Woodpecker...

2016 [03 March] - Andrzej Petryna - Bialowieza & Biebrza

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...Next place was much better: we found two Bison bulls feeding at the meadow. It was near the village and the animals obviously were used to see humans, because it was possible to get close to them to take pictures....

2016 [05 May] - Jim Simons

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At the far side there was a meadow, and there, just beyond the trees, stood a great bull bison, head down, grazing. We watched enthralled for perhaps ten minutes from about fifty yards away.

2017 [05 May] - John van der Woude

Report

Again we visited birding sites mentioned in Birding in Poland (Oriolus Förlag), this time especially in Lubelski province in the East of Poland. This is south of the well-known birding region in northeast Poland.

2017 [05 May] - Norman Sills - Biebrza & Bialowieza

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A before-breakfast stroll along the lane showed that avian residents of the hamlet included icterine warbler, spotted flycatcher, tree sparrow, fieldfare, white stork, serin and, on the marsh beyond the river, two male garganeys, 150 ruffs/reeves, wood sandpiper, greenshank, great white egrets (18), blue-headed wagtails and sedge warblers.

2017 [05 May] - Peter Williams

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We are three British birdwatchers. in our 60s, who organized a private trip to Poland with guides from BirdGuide Poland. We chose to focus on North Eastern Poland with 5 days in the Bialowieza Forest and 4 in the Biebrza Marshes. This focus was to avoid long days of driving and to appreciate the scale of special habitats that we just don't have in the UK.

2017 [05 May] - Stephen Burch - North East Poland

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...I had a relatively modest target list of four - Thrush Nightingale and River Warbler, both "unfinished business" from my previous trips to western Poland, plus Collared Flycatcher and Aquatic Warbler. In addition, summer plumaged Citrine Wagtail would be very nice to add to my previous fortunate sighting of an immature at my local reservoir...

2017 [09 September] - Rob Murray

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Driving to the sandy Baltic shores of the north coast took us over glacial outwash plains carpeted with drumlins and es kers. Shorebirds and wildfowl now entered our daily log as we trudged along the tide - line with one eye on the lookout for migrating birds and the other focused on the strand , hoping to stumble upon a sizeable chunk of amber

2018 [02 February] - Peter Ramsey

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A real experience of showing nature at its most raw was finding five w olf kills over the course of the trip. Magical were superb and prolonged views of the trips title target species: Eurasian L ynx , together with a surplus of European Bison, Wild Cat, Wild Boar, Pygmy and Ural Owls, and five species of woodpecker. Poland , perhaps too , has lessons for Western Europe. The places visited showed how populations can live alongside the indigenous large fauna, particular ly carnivores, without the need to control their populations down to unsustainable levels.

2018 [05 May] - Andy Walker

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...yielded a long list of European birding hi ghlights, such as Garganey , Black - throated Loon , Black and White Storks , Little Bittern , Lesser Spotted Eagle , Western Marsh , Montagu ’ s , and Pallid Harriers , White - tailed Eagle , Corn Crake , Common Crane , Ruff , Caspian Gull , Little , White - winged , Black , and Whiskered Terns , Common Cuckoo , European Bee - eater , Eurasian Hoopoe , Eurasian Wryneck , Eurasian Three - toed , Middle Spotted , White - backed , Black , and Grey - headed Woodpeckers , Red - backed and Great Grey Shrikes , Eurasian Golden Oriole , Eurasian Jay , European Crested Tit , Eurasian Penduline Tit , Aquatic , Greenish , Savi ’ s , Marsh , Icterine , Barred , and River Warblers...

2018 [05 May] - Jonathan Lethbridge

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None of us are quite sure how this happened but at some point on a slow birding day on Wanstead Flats we must have started discussing where might be better than here. Almost everywhere! We eventually decided on Poland’s Bialowieza (B ee - yah - woe - vee - ay - zha) forest – a number of us needed Owls and Woodpeckers , and it was readily doable over a long weekend

2018 [06 June] - Andy Walker

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A total of 1 36 bird species were seen (plus 8 species heard only), along wit h an impressive list of other animals , including Common Fire Salamander , Adder , Northern Chamois , Eur asian Beaver , and Brown Bear . Species lists are at the end of this report.

Observatories

Stacja Ornitologiczna Instytutu Ekologii PAN - Polish Ornithological Station

Observatory

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Bird ringing in Poland

Museums

University of Wroclaw Department of Avian Ecology

Webpage

At the Department research is pursued in ecology, behaviour and sociobiology of birds, nature conservation and regional faunistics. Teaching activities include tutorials and courses in animal ecology, animal behaviour, zoology of vertebrates and field courses. The Department provides education at the MSc. and PhD level.

Blogs

Kolring Team

Blog

We are ringers & ringreaders from Poland, who really love ring-reading & ringing generous. Have created this blog to publish sights, actions, last observations… almost from polish area…

Other Links

Encyclopaedia of Polish birds

Website

Encyclopedia of polish birds - Full descriptions, habitat, the presence of 400 species of birds. Photographs, videos. Contextual search…

Ptaki

Website

Miejsce to, przeznaczone jest dla szerokiego grona mi³oœników ptaków - zarówno hobbystów jak i zawodowców, pocz¹tkuj¹cych i zaawansowanych…

Shorebird Carvings

Website

Storks Webcam

Webam

Polish webcam of bird feeder

Wild Poland Resources

Webpage

Free resources that should help you plan the trip yourself. Lists of local guides, wildlife calendar and much more.

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Adam Wiktor Kamela

Gallery

Some bird portraits…

Photographer - Mateusz Matysiak

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Fotografia przyrody i ptaków – Photo gallery of Polish birds…

Storks Webcam - Bociany Poland

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White Storks nest online camera with up to 18x optical zoom - Przygodzice, Barycz Valley, South Wielkopolska region, Poland…