Bulgaria isn’t on the radar for many North American birders, but it should be. After spending a very fast 9 days there, I can say it is a wonderful country with beautiful scenery, good food, and most importantly excellent birding. My trip started in the Rhodope Mountains that run along the southern border with Greece. The scenery is the very definition of pastoral; little villages are scattered in among broad valleys with lots of wide open pastures and tree rows. Most of the birds we found were the more common species, which was nice for this European novice.