Poland 27 June - 4 July 2015   -   Birding trip report John van der Woude   www.jvanderw.nl
After writing a review about the new birdfinding guide for Poland I eagerly wanted to visit some birding sites in the central part of Poland as we had not been in that part of Poland before. The book is Birding in Poland, produced by Oriolus F÷rlag, ISBN 978-91-978652-1-0. The review is at http://www.dutchbirding.nl/news.php?id=1013, including a map with all sites and instructions how to order the book.

So this trip report is mainly meant as additional to the book, and follows the birding site numbers of it, only eight of the 119 birding sites described in the book.

Late June/early July may seem rather late for birding in Poland, but actually Nollie and I found plenty of nice species still active most of the day. The weather was very good but at  the end of the trip it became too hot. We drove from Holland first along a few birding sites in Germany. I had made waypoints in our Garmin car navigator for most of the Polish sites, in order to have an easy drive and not loose much time finding the sites. Still, we also used a detailed road atlas of Poland, and I had the Open Street Map of Poland downloaded in the OSMAND+ app on my phone. We had not booked hotels but booked them through the booking.com app during the trip, mostly only on the day itself in order to have a flexible scheme. Using the nice app NaturaList I entered all interesting bird sightings in ornitho.pl but the ones in the border area with Germany landed in ornitho.de.

Below, I give detailed (satellite) maps of those 8 sites plus one landscape photo per site. The maps/satellite images are taken from Google Maps. For a wider view of the areas and for the scale,  please look up the sites on Google Maps using the overall map below. Additional photos are found in More photos.

My previous trip reports Poland: 2014  2009  2007  2001



West-East section of central Poland with visited birding sites from Birding in Poland: 37, 35, 39, 40, 41, 62, 66, 61.
The encircled most eastern part (around Lublin) has promising birding sites but we returned home before we got there, in order to avoid the upcoming extreme heat wave, which would last until the scheduled end of the trip.
The central highway from Germany (Frankfurt a/d Oder) along Poznan and Lodz to Warschau is a fast toll road now.


Site 37. Middle Oder Valley at Bieganˇw, south of Frankfurt am Oder. Cybinka right.
1. Serin, Thrush Nightingale, Red-backed Shrike.
2. Montagu's Harrier, Common Crane, Skylark.
3. Great Reed Warbler, Little Gull, Hawfinch, Corn Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Tree Pipit.
4. Little Ringed Plover, White Stork, Marsh Warbler, Red-backed Shrike.


Oder river valley at site 37.

Site 35. Warta River Mouth. Kostrzyn left, Slonsk right. We visited this site (and 35a) several times before.
1. Common Rosefinch, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Bluethroat, Red-backed Shrike, Fieldfare.
2. White Stork, Corn Bunting; Common Cranes in distance.
3. White-tailed Eagle, Greenshank, Marsh Warbler, Barred Warbler.
4. White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle (4), Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Quail, Willow Tit, Penduline Tit.
5. Great Reed Warbler, Penduline Tit.


Old branch of river Warta at Slonsk, site 35.

Site 35a. East of 35, near Kolczyn and Rudnica.
1. Corn Bunting, Fieldfare, Golden Oriole, Icterine Warbler.
2. Icterine Warbler, Great Grey Shrike, Stonechat, White Stork.
3. Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Penduline Tit, Garganey, Great Grey Shrike, Grasshopper Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Willow Tit, Penduline Tit, Bearded Reedling, Water Rail, Kingfisher.

Marsh at point 3 of site 35a.

Site 39. Objezierze Fishponds, NW of Poznan.
1. Sand Martin, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Bean Goose, Common Tern, Hobby. View of flying Little Bittern on other side.
2. Crested Lark.
3. Great Reed Warbler, Penduline Tit, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Water Rail, Marsh Warbler.
4. Ortolan Bunting, Red-backed Shrike.


At point 1 of site 39.

Site 40. Kiszkowo Ponds, NE of Poznan.
1. Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper.
2. Great Grey Shrike, Golden Oriole, Great Reed Warbler.
3. Savi's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo, Black Tern.
4. Grey-headed Woodpecker (scope view).
5. Red-backed Shrike, Thrush Nightingale, Willow Tit, Great Reed Warbler.
6. as 5, and Golden Oriole, Black Stork.
7. Whiskered Tern, Black Tern.


Remnant of old fishpond at site 40.

Site 41. Oaks of Rogalin. Around Rogalin Palace south of Poznan.
1. Serin, Nuthatch, Common Redstart.
2. Kingfisher, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Marsh Tit.


Rogalin Palace amidst old oak forest and next to the Warta river. Near point 1 of site 41.

Site 62. NE of Warta town, west of Lodz.
1. Common Rosefinch, Black Stork, Penduline Tit, Little Bittern, Golden Oriole, Black Tern, Common Tern.
2. Black Tern, Savi's Warbler, Great Egret, Penduline Tit, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Common Rosefinch.
3. Common Rosefinch, Marsh Warbler, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole, Greenshank, Ruff, White-tailed Eagle.
4. Kingfisher, Black Tern.


River Warta at point 1 of site 62.

Site 66. Nature reserves in Puszcza Pilicka Forest east of Lodz.
1. Golden Oriole, Icterine Warbler, Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Spala reserve)
2. Middle Spotted Woodpecker (3), Wood Warbler.
3. Black Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker (3), Northern Goshawk, Wood Warbler.
4. Kingfisher, Crested Tit, Marsh Tit, Golden Oriole, Icterine Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Honey Buzzard (3!) (Zadlowice reserve).


Wet forest at point 4 of site 66.

Site 61 western part (Kozienice Forest), near Pionki town.
1. Quail, Corncrake.
2. Ortolan Bunting.
3. Crested Tit, Coal Tit.
4. Wood Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Mistle Thrush.
5. Golden Oriole (only to mark this spot).


In the evening between point 1 and 2 of site 61 western part.

Site 61 eastern part, at Garbatka/Bakowiec, east of Pionki.
1. Great Grey Shrike, Corn Bunting, Golden Oriole.
2. Wryneck, Black Woodpecker, Red-backed Shrike, Corn Bunting, Golden Oriole.
3. Marsh Harrier, Red-backed Shrike, Golden Oriole.
4. Black Tern.
5. Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Icterine Warbler, Golden Oriole.

At point 2 of site 61 eastern part. Red-backed Shrike (Grauwe Klauwier) in overgrown clearing.
See also More photos for the above birding sites.