Poland is a country positively awash with birds, and bird species that are either extinct or under pressure elsewhere in Europe are fairly commonplace in many parts of the country. Healthy and flourishing populations of White-tailed Eagles, Corncrakes, Red Kites, Aquatic Warblers, Black Storks, Great Snipes, and Cranes are present. And each Spring more than 25 per cent of Europe’s White Storks choose to breed in Poland.
Important Birdwatching Sites in Poland
Although large numbers of interesting and rare birds can be seen throughout much of Poland there are a number of must-visit sites. We have personally visited all of the sites below and spotted examples of all of the birds mentioned (and many more!) during the time(s) we were there.
Babia Gora – Capercaillie, Crossbill, Ring Ouzel, Ural, White-backed Woodpecker
Biebrza Marshes – Corncrake, Great Snipe, Spotted Eagle, Whinchat, White-backed Woodpecker
Bialowieza Forest – Black Woodpecker, Hazelhen, Lesser-spotted Eagle, Nightjar
Bieszczady National Park – Eagle Owl, Golden Eagle, Three-toed Woodpecker, Ural Owl,
Chelm Marshes – Aquatic Warbler, Little Crake, Montagu Harrier, White Stork
Janow Forest – Black Stork, Capercaillie, Crane, Goshawk, Hobby
Kampinos National Park – Corncrake, Crane, Woodcock, Woodlark
Lubuskie Lake District – Black Stork, Corncrake, Crane, Golden Oriole, Greenish Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Middle-spotted Woodpecker, Thrush Nightingale, White Stork; White-tailed Eagle
Mazurian Lakes – Black Grouse, Osprey, Red kite, Red-crested Pochard, Woodlark
Milicz Fish Ponds – Bittern, Cormorant, Purple Heron, White-tailed Eagle, Whooper Swan
Notecka Primeval Forest – Black Kite, Black Woodpecker, Corncrakes, Cranes, Black Stork, Greater-spotted Woodpecker, Honey Buzzard, Nightingale, White Stork, White-tailed Eagle
Odra Valley – Collared Flycatcher, Golden Oriole, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Nightingale, River Warbler
Slonsk Bird Reserve – Aquatic Warbler, Corncrake, Crane, Hoopoe, Nightingale, Ruff, Shelduck, Spotted Crake, Montagu Harrier, Whopper Swan, White-tailed Eagle, Wryneck
Szczecin Bay – Aquatic Warbler, Black Tern, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Osprey, Red Kite, Short-toed Eagle, Smew, White-tailed Eagle
Tatra National Park – Nutcracker, Pygmy Owl, Redpoll, Wallcreeper, White-backed woodpecker
Turawa Reservoir – Bittern, Scarlet Rosefinch, Wood Sandpiper
Warta Valley – Corn crakes, Cranes, Great Snipe, Ferruginous Duck, Ortolan Bunting, Pintail, Redshanks, Ruffs, Spotted Crakes, White Stork (lots and lots of these breed here)
The birds of Poland are one of our passions here at Polish Poland, so further details of the birds to be found at these locations, tips on the best places to visit and stay within those areas, and individual birding reports will follow! Subscribe to receive free site updates in your email inbox.
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