Birding in Poland
Bialowieza Forest and Biebrza Marshes are the most famous birding hotspots in Poland. There are also plenty of other places, excellent habitats and real wildlife santuraries where you can enjoy bird watching in Poland.
There are many keen birders who travel to Poland to pursue their hobby especially during the months of March to June. Many choose to spend a few days in the main cities of Poland prior to heading out to locations such as Bialowieza Forest. There provides an ideal window for dental treatment in one of Poland’s modern dental clinics and the opportunity to save up to 70% off UK Dental prices.
When to go bird watching in Poland
March is simply the best time ever for all woodpeckers. April is good for woodpeckers, owls, migrating ducks, geese, waterfowls and raptors.
May has all of the above (but a bit worse for woodpeckers) plus displaying ruffs and great snipes on the lek! And second half of May brings ‘late comers’ like: warblers (especially aquatic, river and barred), flycatchers (collared and red-breasted included), marshy terns, bee eaters, rollers etc.
June is still very good, but you might miss lekking great snipes and woodpeckers are hardly visible, because of dense foliage at this time.
Popular Birding Locations
Bieszczady Mountains – The area is a bird-watchers paradise and here you will find 9 species of Woodpecker (inc. Syrian, White-backed and Three-toed), Black Stork, Ural and Pygmy Owls, Collared and Red-breasted Flycatcher and both Lesser spotted and Golden Eagles.
Notecka Forest – a large forest where Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Firecrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Black Storks, Crested Lark and Golden Oriole can often be seen.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park – 212 bird species have been recorded in this park.
Slowinski National Park – About 255 species of birds, that is ca. 70% of those found in Poland, have been recorded here.
Polish Falconers Association “The Falconers Nest”
“The Falconers Nest” is an association comprising of falconers from the whole of Poland and existing within the structures of the Polish Hunters Association. The official headquarters is located in Warsaw together with the Polish Hunters Association HQ which deals with the financial side of the Club.
Some of the club members have their own breeding pairs of different species of birds (mainly goshawks, sakers, lanners and peregrines). Some of them run a birds of prey rehabilitation centre, and some of them use the birds for pest control on plantations and airfields and run falconry displays.
Polish Falconers also significantly helped to restore wild population of peregrine falcon in Poland
The Sport of Kings
Falconry, once the sport of kings is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor”. There are two traditional terms used to describe a person involved in falconry: a falconer flies a falcon; an austringer (German origin) flies a hawk (Accipiter and some buteos and similar) or an eagle (Aquila or similar).
In modern falconry the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and the Harris hawk are often used. The words “hawking” and “hawker” have become used so much to mean petty traveling traders, that the terms “falconer” and “falconry” now apply to all use of trained birds of prey to catch game.
In early English falconry literature, the word “falcon” referred to a female falcon only, while the word “hawk” or “hawke” referred to a female hawk only. A male hawk or falcon was referred to as a “tiercel” (sometimes spelled “tercel”) as it was roughly one third less than the female in size. Many contemporary practitioners still use these words in their original meaning. The practice of hunting a trained falconry bird is also called “hawking” or “gamehawking”.
Falconry is currently practiced in many countries around the world. The falconer’s traditional choice of bird is the Northern Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon. In contemporary falconry in both North American and the UK they remain popular, although the Harris Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk are likely more widely used. The Northern Goshawk and the Golden Eagle are more commonly used in Eastern Europe than elsewhere.