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Excursions to the countryside – observations of the flora and fauna along the shores of the Delta lakes, in forests and fallow lands

At the time of bird migration from the end of March/April to the middle of May and from the end of August to the end of October, the ideal areas for bird-watching are the shallow-water-zones of the large Delta lakes Razim, Goloviţa and Sinoie; there are thousands of resting, courting, feeding water birds, herons, pelicans, ducks, waders, terns etc. everywhere. Here, you should use the car or go by foot; we shall tell you the places where you will see most at the time and which species you have to look for; if you wish, we shall gladly take you there, for in this huge area you might easily lose track and the birds will often change their favorite places.

The same is true of the forests and open fields in the surroundings from the end of March/April till the middle of June, when the first blooming of wild peonies (Paeonia peregrina & P. tenuifolia), of lady orchid (Orchis purpurea), dwarf blue iris (Iris pumila & I. graminea), slender-leaved snake’s head (Fritillaria orientalis) and numerous other flowers entice you to visit Babadag Forest, the Slava Valley or the Măcin Mountains. Rare reptiles such as the common tortoise (Testudo graeca), the Balkan green lizard (Lacerta trilineata), and Caspian whip snake (Dolichophis caspius) are indigenous there: the playful European souslik (Spermophilus citellus) can be watched there, with some luck you will start a wild cat (Felis silvestris); hoopoe (Upupa epops), bee-eater (Merops apiaster), wryneck (Jynx torquilla), thrush nightingale (Luscinia luscinia), Isabelline wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina), rufus-tailed rock-thrush (Monticola saxatilis), rosy starling (Sturnus roseus), golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus) and many other species of songbirds are indigenous here.

An overwhelming spectacle at a time otherwise unusual for journeys to the Danube Delta, that is between the beginning of November and Christmas till Epiphany, is the fascinating sight of thousands and thousands of greater white-fronted, grey-lag and red-brested geese (Anser albifrons & A. anser; Branta ruficollis) wintering there, when they fly above Jurilovca in large flocks and can be watched on the surrounding fields and lakes while feeding and resting. Our holiday homes equipped with traditional wood-burning tiled stoves will meet, also in this cold time of the year, all requirements for a comfortable stay.

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