What to expect on a birdwatching tour at Angofa Wildlife Centre
With nearly 400 species of birds, Romania is a perfect place to pick up a new hobby or add to a growing list. While birdwatching might seem intimidating, you do not need any prior knowledge to join a tour and learn about some of Europe’s most spectacular and flashy species. Even if you are not an avid bird fan, an early morning birdwatching tour is a perfect excuse to get into nature before most people have even gotten out of bed.
Romania owes its high bird diversity to traditional farming methods that avoid pesticides, promoting high biodiversity of plant species in fields and meadows in Transylvania, Romania’s central region. These grasses are left to flower until late summer, providing abundant seeds and fruits for birds, who flock to the area to nest and feed throughout warmer months. The dense, virgin forests of the Carpathian Mountains and their foothills, near the town of Sighisoara, also provide ample habitat for hundreds of unique species.
Whether you are a lifelong birdwatcher or looking for a new experience, here’s what you should expect from your Transylvanian birdwatching tour.
1. Wear comfortable shoes.
While birdwatching is not necessarily a strenuous activity, you should expect to walk a few miles at a comfortable pace as you search for birds over several habitats. We will likely spend time in meadows, forests, and hilly areas to look for different species throughout the morning.
Walking quietly is one of the best ways to find birds, some of which are quite shy and likely to fly away if they hear or see you coming. However, if you are looking for a specific species, we may be able to organize a private tour with vehicle transport to get to more remote areas where our ornithologists will help you spot rare birds.
2. Bring binoculars, if you can.
Binoculars are a helpful tool for birdwatching or watching wildlife in general, as they help you view animals from far away without disturbing or scaring them. Binoculars are not required to participate in our birdwatching tours and we will have a few pairs on-site to help you recognize species. However, bringing your own pair can help you spot species more quickly and allow you to watch them for longer so you can notice key details about their coloration and behavior. This tool will allow you see species more clearly and get the most out of your tour.
3. Feel free to ask questions.
Our bird guides are professional ornithologists with years of experience researching and identifying birds in Romania and Europe. Our tours are geared toward all birdwatching levels and these guides will provide abundant information on all of the species we find while on the walks.
If you have questions about any of the birds you spot while on tour, feel free to ask your guide. Asking questions is one of the best ways to learn about wildlife, so do not be shy, even if it seems simple. You will learn much more about Romania’s birds if you just ask.
4. All levels are welcome.
Birdwatching is a fantastic outdoor activity for people of all ages. We encourage families, couples, and young solo travelers alike to take a morning to get to know Romania’s unique birdlife by roaming beautiful Transylvanian meadows with an expert guide. Depending on group size, we can gear tours to experience level, and even look for specific species to round out a list.
5. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled!
Spotting birds takes patience and practice. Some species are very small or extremely well camouflaged, while others will be colorful and gregarious. Do not get frustrated if it takes you a long time to spot a bird; sometimes even the best ornithologists get stumped!
Look for small movements in trees or shrubs, as well as near the top of long grass. You may also find birds near holes in trees or flowering and fruiting species. If you have a keen ear, you may be able to distinguish calls and spot birds in the woods, especially if you hear the telltale knocking of one of Romania’s many woodpecker species.
Birdwatching in Transylvania can be a fun and enriching activity for people of all ages. If you are staying in or near Sighisoara, take one morning to explore the beautiful meadows surrounding the Angofa Wildlife Centre and look for beautiful, native bird species. No matter what your level, you are sure to learn something new and enjoy the sights of your nature walk just outside of Transylvania’s main tourism destination.
Looking for the best places to get started spotting wildlife in Romania? Check out our tours in Transylvania at the Angofa Wildlife Centre!