On 23 January 2021 the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) held their first Online Winter Meeting live via Zoom. The OSME Youth Fund Development Officer, Tomas Haraldsson, highlights the bird camps at Besh Barmag in Azerbaijan as a great tool to motivate young naturalists for nature conservation. In case you missed the live… Continue reading OSME Winter Meeting
Photos © Huseyn Resulzade On 1 December 2020 a Black-legged Kittiwake was spotted at the Aras river dam in Nakhchivan by Huseyn Resulzade, which is the first record in this landlocked part of Azerbaijan. Congratulations! Besides some historic records Black-legged Kittiwakes have been rarely observed in Azerbaijan with a possible observation in February 1998, one… Continue reading First record of Black-legged Kittiwake for Nakhchivan
In the recent Sandgrouse issue by the Ornithological Society of the Middle East you will find a detailed describtion of Azerbaijan's first Black-winged Kite observation. Check out: Resulzade, H.S. (2020) Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus, a new species for Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Sandgrouse 42(2): 302–304. https://birdingazerbaijan.org/2020/02/10/azerbaijans-first-record-of-black-shouldered-kite/
The annual summer meeting of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East was held online due to the ongoing COVID19-pandemic. Zülfü Fərəcli, a keen young birder from Nakhichevan, gave an inspiring talk about 'Developing the next generation of birders in Azerbaijan'. Have a look at the video below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnAJE0TaN_g More details: https://osme.org/2020/08/osmes-first-online-summer-meeting-the-best-thing-to-come-out-of-lockdown/?fbclid=IwAR1sGptGQVMCQRROz-myIHk0Wi_uMZSu1zluiJBNTHphQaqa11xv69lBkUA
Photo © Arzu Memmedov/Hüseyn Resulzade First record of Spur-winged Lapwing for Azerbaijan! The bird was observed and photographed on 17 July 2020 along the Araz river in Nakhchivan. Congratulations Arzu Memmedov and Hüseyn Resulzade!
Photos © Elvin Məmmədsoy On 29 May 2020 Elvin Məmmədsoy observed and photographed a Crested Honey Buzzard in Baku, which is the second record of this species in Azerbaijan. Congratulations! Azerbaijan's first Crested Honey Buzzard was observed on 23 May 2019 near Masalli. https://birdingazerbaijan.org/2019/06/20/first-crested-honey-buzzard-and-calcarata-citrine-wagtail-observed-in-azerbaijan/
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we sadly have to announce the cancellation of the bird migration count at Besh Barmag in autumn 2020. Even if all shutdowns and travel restrictions will be rescinded and the infection risk lowered by the purposed start of the count in August, there are many other impacts which make… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2020 cancelled!
New research paper by Christoph Himmel about wader migration in southern Azerbaijan published in the journal 'Wader Study' of the International Wader Study Group IWSG.It reveals that southern Azerbaijan is a key site for wader migration along the western shore of the Caspian Sea with still a lot to explore! Abstract The Caspian Sea, as… Continue reading Paper about waders in Gyzylagach Gulf published
The Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) just published the latest issue of Sandgrouse. This issue is online free available as PDF file owed to the extraordinary pandemic situation. Great idea! In this issue you will find the article ‘The development of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count in Azerbaijan and its importance for… Continue reading New paper about the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count published in Sandgrouse