In September 2020 I spent a happy week with my son, Patrick and Bulgarian mammalogist Nedko Nedyalkov looking for small mammals around Bulgaria. Patrick and I returned for 3 days in September 2022.
Overnight on Vitosha Mountain south of Sofia in 2020 we caught a couple of European Snow Voles, several Bank Voles and a Miller’s Water Shrew and saw a Red Squirrel.
We failed to find Romanian Hamsters during two nights at Pleven in 2020. But we did see European Souslik, and capture Mound-building Mice and a Striped Field Mouse. While an hour with a thermal scope produced a Wood Mouse and Golden Jackals.
We were unable to see Harting’s Voles or Martino’s Mole here in 2020, though they are quite common. But while looking we found European Souslik, a Weasel and a Northern White-breasted Hedgehog
Checking nestboxes in 2020 with Nedko produced Edible Dormouse, Forest Dormouse and the very rare Roach’s Mouse-tailed Dormouse as well as Yellow-necked and Wood Mice.
Nearby we caught a Guldenstaadt’s (formerly Lesser) White-toothed Shrew, and an East European Vole (Microtus rossiaemeridionalis).
Western Broad-toothed Field Mice were easy to catch in the rocky habitat around Kresna in 2020. We also had several Yellow-necked and Wood Mice.
Romanian Hamsters Revisited, September 2022: Jon Hall, 3 nights and 9 species including Romanian Hamster and European Pine Vole.
Small Mammaling, September 2020: Jon Hall, 6 nights & 20 species including Mouse-tailed Dormouse, European Snow Vole, Western Broad-toothed Field Mouse and Miller’s Watershrew.
The Balkans, 2016 (and some flashbacks to the early 1990s): Vladimir Dinets, 6 weeks and 100+ mammals including Martino’s Snow Vole, Romanian Hamster, Western Broad-toothed Mouse, Bicoloured and Etruscan Shrews, a Mediterranean Monk Seal and European Polecat.
Bulgaria & Romania, 2016: Romain Bocquier, 3 weeks & 16 species including Edible Dormouse, Pine Marten, Brown Bear and European Free-tailed Bat.
Bulgaria, 2015: Mike Richardson, 1 week & 13 species including Eastern Hedgehog, European Wildcat, Beech Marten and Balkan Short-tailed Mouse.
South West Bulgaria, 2015: Richard Webb’s notes of a few days, mainly birding. Mammals included a Beech Marten and a Badger. Useful logistical information for trip planning.
Please email me if you have tips for mammal watching in this area.
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