Early Spring short break type tour to Transylvania in order to see Brown Bears and Carpathian Birds. We had a wonderful 4 days of birding here with our partner company guests and, despite the cold weather the group encountered 113 birdspecies plus 8 Brown Bears in a very good light condition!
Every spring is a bit different here in the Carpathian Mountains and this year was a bit unusual in that even during the tour (16-20 April) snow was forecast. Above 1400 metres the Carpathian Mountains were still snow covered due to the fresh falls from earlier in April. Because of this situation we could not visit the higher elevation habitats, but even so we managed to find most of the high-altitude targets. We were especially proud to find all 10 of the European woodpecker species within this short time of birding. The highlights of the tour was the `Woodpecker Forest` where we saw six species of woodpeckers in a very nice oak woodland; then a mother Bear with two young cubs in front of the hide; Wallcreepers at Bicaz Gorge; young Goshawk in front of the Bear hide and an impressive flock of 70+ Ring Ouzels!
You can read the detailed trip report HERE