Poland – Bird, Mammal & Butterfly List

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North-west Poland (West Pomerania) and east Germany

10 – 16 June 2018



Odra Delta Nature Park

Dąbskie Lake (nr Szczecin)

Woliński National Park


Lower Odra Landscape Park

Namyślin (near Kostryń)

Nationalpark Unteres Odertal

Ujście Warty (Mouth of Warta River) National Park

Kaleńsko (tern rafts)


Greylag Goose Anser anser

Recorded at Odra Delta Nature Park and Ujście Warty. Large moulting population present at latter site, where a number were caught, ringed and neck-collared (yellow with four black letters) on 15th. When flightless they hide in willow scrub to avoid the attentions of the White-tailed Eagles. Re-sightings have been recorded wintering in Italy and France, and breeding birds in the Czec Republic. Mostly quite pink-billed, though apparently they vary and are likely to be intermediate between anser and rubrirostris.

Mute Swan Cygnus olor

Common and widespread

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

One at Dąbskie Lake, and one at Szczecin Lagoon.

Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca

Pair (or maybe two) at Kaleńsko.

Garganey Spatuala querquedula

At Odra Delta Nature Park, Ujście Warty, and Kaleńsko.

Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata

At Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

Gadwall Mareca strepera

Dąbskie Lake and other sites.

Eurasian Wigeon Mareca Penelope

Double figures at Odra Delta Nature Park.

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Common and widespread.

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

At Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Adult with young at Kaleńsko.

Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

Heard at Ujście Warty.

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficolis

One at Szczecin.

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

At Dąbskie Lake, Nationalpark Unteres Odertal, and other sites.

Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus

One at Kaleńsko.

Black Stork Ciconia nigra

One at Kaleńsko, and a probable at Ujście Warty (flying away).

White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Widespread, nesting on tower platforms in villages.

White Stork (Niall Corbet)

Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Booming birds at Czarnocin and Odra Delta Nature Park.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Common and widespread.

Great Egret Ardea alba

At Nationalpark Unteres Odertal and Ujście Warty.

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

Common and widespread.

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

One at Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipter nisus

A male took a House Martin near Namyślin.

Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

Fairly common and widespread.

Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus

A lovely male over a cut hay field south of Czarnocin.

Red Kite Milvus milvus

Fairly common and widespread.

Black Kite Milvus migrans

Singles at Odra Delta Nature Park and Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla

Fairly common and widespread, with 30 counted at Dąbskie Lake, near Szczecin.

White-tailed Eagle (Christine Hall)

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

A few widely scattered records.

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus

One under the ‘Bubo bridge’, Lower Odra.

Corn Crake Crex crex

Heard at Namyślin. Absent at Czarnocin this year, it is thought, due to the dry conditions.

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

One at Dąbskie Lake.

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra


Common Crane Grus grus

Fairly widespread, including pairs with young.

Common Cranes (Niall Corbet)

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

Singles at Ujście Warty and Kaleńsko (pair breeding at latter site).

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Fairly widespread.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Nesting at Ujście Warty and Kaleńsko.

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata

Heard at Odra Delta Nature Park and Ujście Warty.

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

At Odra Delta Nature Park and elsewhere.

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

Two at Czarnocin, also recorded at Ujście Warty.

Common Redshank Tringa totanus

A few noted.

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus

Flock of 12 at Ujście Warty.

Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus


Common Gull Larus canus

Present at the river at Wolin.

Herring Gull Larus argentatus argentatus

Present at Szczecin harbour, Wolin and Szczecin Lagoon.

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans

First-summer birds at Dąbskie Lake and Wolin.

Little Tern Sternula albifrons

Nesting on tern raft at Kaleńsko (feeding young chicks). Feeding chicks on young Pike, Bleak, Perch, Spined Loach, Bitterling, Well’s Catfish, Burbot and White Bream.

Little Tern (Niall Corbet)

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

At Dąbskie Lake and elsewhere. Nesting on tern raft at Kaleńsko.

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida

Two on the river at Szczecin.

Black Tern Chlidonias niger

At Nationalpark Unteres Odertal, Ujście Warty etc. Feeding at ‘Bubo bridge’ marsh, but thought to have been disturbed from nesting by snail fisherman.

Black Tern marsh (Christine Hall)

Feral Pigeon Columba livia

Near Namyślin and probably elsewhere.

Stock Dove Columba oenas

Recorded at Namyślin and Ujście Warty.

Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

Fairly widespread.

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur

Purring birds at Czarnocin.

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Recorded in a few places.

Common Swift Apus apus


Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

At Odra Delta Nature Park and the ‘Bubo bridge’, Lower Odra.

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

Bird singing at Kaleńsko.

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

One at Ujście Warty.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor

At Odra Delta Nature Park.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Christine Hall)

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

Fairly common.

European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

One at Ujście Warty.

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Noted at Lower Odra.

Peregrine Falco peregrinus

One on Szczecin river trip.

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

Common and widespread.

Red-backed Shrike (Christine Hall)

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor

One at Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

Present at Czarnocin, Odra Delta Nature Park, and Namyślin.

Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius

Fairly widespread.

Eurasian Magpie Pica pica

Fairly widespread.

Jackdaw Coloeus monedula

Noted at Kostryń.

Carrion Crow Corvus corone

At Czarnocin.

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix

Fairly common and widespread.

Raven Corvus corax

Fairly common and widespread.

Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus

Recorded at Namyślin.

Marsh Tit Poecile palustris

At Czarnocin.

Willow Tit Poecile montanus

At Czarnocin and Odra Delta Nature Park.

Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus


Great Tit Parus major


Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus

Family party at Row Peninsula (north Odra Delta Nature Park).

Woodlark Lullula arborea

One at the heathland site near Cedynia.

Skylark Alauda arvensis

Fairly common and widespread.

Sand Martin Riparia riparia

Half a dozen at ‘Bubo bridge’ marsh, lower Odra.

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Common and widespread.

House Martin Delichon urbicum

Common and widespread.

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus caudatus

White-headed birds near Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

Fairly common.

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

Recorded at a few sites.

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Present at Czarnocin and Wolinski Nat Park.

Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Common and widespread, in Phragmites.

Great Reed Warbler (Christine Hall)

Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Fairly common, at wetland sites.

Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Common and widespread, in Phragmites.

Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris

Noted near Czarnocin.

Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina

Fairly widespread, singing in tree tops.

Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia

At Odra Delta Nature Park, and Ujście Warty.

Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides

Reeling birds in Phragmites at Odra Delta Nature Park (near observation tower), and Ujście Warty.

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Common and widespread.

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

One at lower Odra.

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curraca


Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis

Fairly widespread.

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Noted at Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

Seen at Czarnocin.

Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europea

Fairly widespread.

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Fairly common.

Common Blackbird Turdus merula

Fairly common.

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

Busy feeding young at Czarnocin and elsewhere (feeding in open ground and flying into forest).

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Recorded at a few sites.

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

One at Czarnocin.

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Common at Czarnocin.

Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula

White-spotted male collecting food at Ujście Warty.

Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos

Singing at Czarnocin, and juvenile seen at Odra Delta Nature Park.

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Fairly common.

Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Common at Czarnocin, and noted elsewhere.

Whinchat Saxicola rubetra

Present at Odra Delta Nature Park and elsewhere.

European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

At Czarnocin, Odra Delta Nature Park and elsewhere.

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Common and widespread. Nesting is White Stork nests.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Common at Nationalpark Unteres Odertal, Namyślin etc.

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flava

Blue-headed wagtail’ common and widespread.

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

At Namyślin.

White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

Common and widespread.

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis

Relatively common.

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Bird singing from a treetop near Nationalpark Unteres Odertal.

Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs


Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

Fairly widespread (Czarnocin, Odra Delta Nature Park, Dąbskie Lake, Ujście Warty etc.), usually singing where trees meet open habitat (wetland, reedbed, grassland).

European Greenfinch Chloris chloris

A few scattered records.

Common Linnet Linaria cannabina

A few records (e.g. Czarnocin).

European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

A few records (e.g. Czarnocin).

European Serin Serinus serinus

Relatively common at Czarnocin, and noted at other sites (e.g. Nationalpark Unteres Odertal).

Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra

Common and widespread.

Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella

Common and widespread.

Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

Relatively widespread.

TOTAL: 130 species

Dutch bird surveyors also reported River Warbler at Odra Delta Nature Park and Red-breasted Flycatcher singing in the wooded beach road at Czarnocin.


Eurasian Beaver Castor fiber

Seen at the sluice bridge at the entrance to Odra Delta Nature Park, Lower Odra

Landscape Park, and Kaleńsko.

Eurasian Beaver (Christine Hall)

Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

One or two records.

Water Vole Arvicola terrestris

A large dead vole by the barbeque at the hotel in Namyślin was likely to be a youngster of this species.

Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus

A flattened specimen greeted us in the car park of our hotel in Namyślin.

Brown Hare Lepus europaeus

One or two records.

Bicolored Shrew Crocidura leucodon

One caught by a cat in the hotel garden at Namyślin.

Eurasian Water Shrew Neomys fodiens

Vocal at Odra Delta Nature Park.

Hedgehog sp. Erinaceus sp.

Dead on road. European and Northern White-breasted hedgehogs occur in Poland.

Bat Nyctalus sp.

A Nyctalus bat was climbing up the wall of the hotel at Namyślin.

Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

Seen at Odra Delta Nature Park and on road at night en route to Czarnocin.

Red Fox (Christine Hall)

Racoon Procyon lotor

Introduced. Tame individual in a chicken coop at lower Odra.

American Mink Neovison vison

One at Lower Odra Landscape Park.

American Mink (Christine Hall)

European Pine Marten Martes martes

Dead on road in lower Odra.

Eurasian Badger Meles meles

Dead on road in lower Odra.

Wild Boar Sus scrofa

Common, including sucking young, at Odra Delta Nature Park.

Wild Boar (Niall Corbett)

European Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus

Relatively common and widespread.

Red Deer Cervus elaphus

Relatively common and widespread.

Wolf seen at kill near the entrance to Odra Delta Nature Park at c 05:00 by Dutch bird surveyors.


Slow Worm Anguis fragilis

One at the ‘Bubo bridge’, lower Odra.

Grass Snake Natrix natrix

Seen at Odra Delta Nature Park, and a few flattened on the roads (dark form).


Common Toad Bufo bufo

One at night at the Czarnocin cabins.

Green Frog (marsh, edible or pool?) Pelophylax sp.

Common and vocal during day.

A general lack of boards and other discarded objects lying around made looking for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, difficult!


Large Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon

Large Chequered Skipper (Niall Corbet)

Small or Essex Skipper Thymelicus sp.

Small or Essex Skipper (Niall Corbet)

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

White admiral Limenitis camilla

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

Wood White Leptidea sinapis

Large White Pieris brassicae

Green-veined White Pieris napi

Small White Pieris rapae

Marbled White Melanargia galathea

Marbled White (Niall Corbet)

Meadow brown Maniola jurtina

Pearly Heath Coenonympha arcania


Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

Banded Demoiselle (Niall Corbet)

Juan Brown, Niall Corbet, Sian Haddon Christine Hall, Tabby Lamont, Jonathan Louis, Ian McCall, Stephen Willis.

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