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Destinations > MACIN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Isolated and the oldest mountain range of Romania

WHY MACIN MOUNTAIN?  
  1. The only national park in the Dobrudja area
  2. Breeding raptors include Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk and Saker Falcon.
  3. An important migration hotspot especially for raptors in autumn. They use these mountains as a stopover roosting site and sometimes hundreds of passage raptors can be seen in September.
  4. On passage vultures, Pallid Harrier and Steppe Eagle is regularly seen
  5. Only place in Europe where steppe habitats coexist with Balkanic and Submediterranean forests
  6. There are up to four species of wheatears breeding - Common, Isabelline, Pied and Black-eared.
  7. Other notable breeders include White-backed Woodpecker, Red-rumped Swallow, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Woodchat Shirke, Sombre Tit and Ortolan Bunting
  8. This national park has one of the richest and most interesting fauna and flora in Romania including numerous endemic plants and insects
  9. Lovely landscape with rocky (granite) hills, crenulated rocky peaks due to the volcanic after works
  10. Very close proximity to the Danube Delta

Habitat diversity:
Dobrogean oriental hornbeam, lime and oak forest; Western pontic saline meadows; Western pontic Achillea – Festuca steps; Western Anatolian steps; Moesian Carpathian andropogonid steps; Western Pontic Thyme steps;

Bird specialities and best watching period
Bird specialities Best watching period
Black Stork August, September
Egyptian Vulture irregular but best period in May, June
Griffon Vulture irregular but best period in September
Imperial Eagle May, June
Lesser Spotted Eagle Migrate high number in Mid-September
Greater Spotted Eagle September in migration and wintering birds between December-March
Steppe Eagle irregular, best in May, September
Short-toed Eagle Mid April to September
Booted Eagle May to September
Black Kite Early September
Pallid Harrier April, May, September
Long-legged Buzzard Mid-April to end of October
Eurasian Honey Buzzard August, September
Rough-legged Buzzard November to mid-March
Levant Sparrowhawk Early May to late September
Northern Goshawk September, October
Hobby From May to September
Saker Falcon August, September is the best
Eagle Owl April, May
Nightjar May, June
Hoopoe Mid-April to end of September
Bee-eater May to September
Roller Early May to mid-September
Grey-headed Woodpecker all year round
Syrian Woodpecker all year round
White-backed Woodpecker very local, best watching perid is in April and winter time
Calandra Lark May to December
Short-toed Lark Late April to August
Wood Lark Late April to September
Red-rumped Swallow Late April to end of September
Tawny Pipit Late April to end of September
Isabelline Wheatear Mid-April to mid September
Black-eared Wheatear Mid-April to early September
Pied Wheatear Mid-April to late August
Common Rock Thrush Mid-April to September
Barred Warbler May, June
Sombre Tit all year round
Lesser Grey Shrike Late April to first half of September
Great Grey Shrike October to February
Woodchat Shrike Irregular breeding bird
Rose-coloured Starling late May, June
Spanish Sparrow April to late August
Ortolan Bunting May, June
Black-headed Bunting May, June

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