Belgrade, the capital metropolis of Serbia, affords a number of nice birding spots and listed here are some suggestions for areas to go birding in and across the metropolis, how one can get there by public transport, and a few of the chook species you would possibly anticipate to see.
Throughout the metropolis
Ada Ciganlija Island (beneath) is a well-liked leisure space positioned within the Sava River inside the metropolis of Belgrade. To get there, take the bus line 56 to the “Cukarica” cease. Some chook species you would possibly see embody the Caspian Gull, Pygmy Cormorant, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Northern Goshawk, Eurasian and Quick-toed Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Tune Thrush, and the Redwing.
Zvezdara Forest is positioned within the jap a part of Belgrade. It’s dwelling to nearly 100 chook species, together with woodpeckers and songbirds. To get there, take the bus line 65 to the “Zvezdara Forest” cease. Native chook species embody Coal, Marsh, Willow, Eurasian Blue and Nice Tits; Wooden and Willow Warblers, and the Frequent Chiffchaff.
One other nice birding location in Belgrade is the Topcider Park (banner picture by Andy Mabbett / Wikimedia Commons), which is positioned within the western a part of town. To get there, take bus strains 94 and 49. The park was based within the nineteenth century and has some very outdated bushes, in addition to a number of small ponds and streams, making it a terrific habitat for birds. Among the birds you would possibly see there embody the Brambling, Hawfinch, Eurasian Bullfinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, European Serin, and the Eurasian Siskin.
Kosutnjak Park, a former royal deer-hunting forest, is positioned to the west of the Topcider Park. The park is dwelling to the Center Noticed, Lesser Noticed, Gray-headed, Eurasian Inexperienced and Black Woodpeckers.
Lastly, inexperienced areas alongside the banks of the Sava and, particularly, Danube rivers are additionally nice birding areas, at their greatest throughout the migration season (principally April and August). For instance, accessible by automobile or public transport, Reva and Capljin are two neigbouring floodplain zones by the Danube which are recognized for his or her birdwatching alternatives. To get there, take bus line 108. One of the best ways to discover these areas is on foot, as there’s a strolling path alongside the levee. Among the birds you would possibly see in these areas embody the Japanese Olivaceous Warbler, Hawfinch, Black Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Savi’s Warbler, and the White-tailed Eagle.
Across the metropolis
There are a number of nice reserves close to Belgrade. Probably the greatest is Obedska Bara Particular Nature Reserve (beneath), a wetland space positioned about 50 km west of Belgrade. Obedska Bara is dwelling to extra than 220 chook species, together with the Shiny Ibis, Pygmy Cormorant, Black Stork, Black Kite, Lesser Noticed and White-tailed Eagles, Collared Flycatcher, and plenty of woodpecker species similar to Black, Grey-headed, Eurasian Inexperienced, Lesser and Center Noticed Woodpeckers.
One other nice birding location is Deliblato Sands Particular Nature Reserve, which is positioned about 70 km east of Belgrade. This huge space of principally forested sandy terrains is dwelling to about 180 chook species, together with many migrants that go by means of the area throughout the spring. Among the birds you would possibly see there embody the European Nightjar, Black Woodpecker, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Curler, Wryneck, Tawny Pipit, Pink-backed Shrike, Barred Warbler, Northern Wheatear, Golden Oriole, Black-headed Bunting…
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