Birdwatching on horseback

Summer birdwatching

The ride will be in a rural landscape with a wide variety of habitats, very rich in bird species. The main actors will be the farmland bird species. Many of these bird species are rare at European level due to habitat degradation and intensive farming. We will admire bird species such as: (European) Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), (European) Bee-Eater (Merops apiaster), Woodlark (Lullula arborea), Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio), Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor), Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor), (Eurasian) Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) and others. With some luck in these landscapes we can meet two species of very charismatic raptor birds species: Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) and Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus). The beauty of the countryside complements the spectacle of bird species.

Winter birdwatching

For those who love Horses and ecotourism even in winter, it can be an attractive season for birdwatching on horseback. Consistent food and boiled wine will prepare us for the outside cold. In the winter season we can admire the species of resident birds, mainly characteristic of forest habitats, such as woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Lesser Spotted Woodpeacker (Dendrocopos minor), White-backed Woodpeacker (Dendrocopos leucotos) and Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius). If we are lucky, we can see two big nights birds of pray, Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) and Ural Owl (Strix uralensis). In addition to local resident birds, in the winter season we can meet on our way, bird species from the mountain, such as Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), Siskin (Carduelis spinus) and Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra). A common winter guest in the landscapes of Transylvania, coming from northern Europe, is Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla). Also, with a little chance, we can admire the raptors coming in winter from northern Europe, Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Montagu̕s Harrier (Circus pigargus), Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) and Merlin (Falco columbarius).

 

Prices are 350 Ron (75 eur) / person - Proffesional guide included.

By appointment only!