An observation of extremely unusual for Bulgaria bird species

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius), © Daniel Mitev

Yesterday in the late afternoon (6.11.2014; 16:30) in the sea, 20 meters from the shore in front of Shabla Tuzla, Daniel Mitev – the Concervation officer of the LIFE+ project “Save ground for Redbreasts” made a very rare observation of the bird species Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius). At this moment the only evidence of its occurrence in Bulgaria was a skin stored in the National Museum of Natural History.

It was a young bird with its first winter plumage.  This species migrates along the Atlantic coast of Europe and America, and also along the Pacific coast of Asia and America. It winters in the ocean. In contrast to the Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) the Red Phalarope can be seen very rarely inland and near the coast, . It feeds on aquatic invertebrates, which collects on the surface of the water. The species spent the whole migration and wintering period swimming in the ocean. It propagates in the tundra of Europe and Asia.


Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius), © Daniel Mitev