bird news, travels, winter birding

Pacific Golden Plover at Aggöl National Park

Second modern record of Pacific Golden Plover for Azerbaijan! The bird was found on 15 January 2020 at Ağgöl National Park by Tobias Epple and birdingtours. Congratulations! Pacific between European Golden Plovers © Tobias Epple The dark underwing of the Pacific Golden Plover is well visible © Tobias Epple Photos of the first modern record… Continue reading Pacific Golden Plover at Aggöl National Park

guiding, travels, winter birding

Caucasian Winter Tour: February 2022 (11 days)

Dates and price are not fixed yet due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please use the contact form below for your pre-order. You will be immediately informed about future plans. Date: 31 January – 11 February 2022 Target species: Little Bustard, Dalmatian Pelican, Caucasian Snowcock, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Red-fronted Serin, Caucasian Twite, Black Francolin, White-tailed Lapwing,… Continue reading Caucasian Winter Tour: February 2022 (11 days)

Besh Barmag, bird migration, guiding, travels, winter birding

Bird Migration Tour: November 2021 (10 days)

Dates and price are not fixed yet due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please use the contact form below for your pre-order. You will be immediately informed about future plans. Date: 18 - 28 November 2021 Target species: Caucasian Snowcock, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Red-fronted Serin, Caucasian Twite, Black Francolin, White-tailed Lapwing, Desert Wheatear, Caspian Tit, White-winged… Continue reading Bird Migration Tour: November 2021 (10 days)

BBBMC, Besh Barmag, science

Save the date for Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2020!

A few weeks ago members of the ‘Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count’ visited the counting site and found a suitable observation point, as the old one is now occupied by a new highway. Together with new local contacts another bird migration count will be conducted from 22 August to 5 December 2020 So, save the… Continue reading Save the date for Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2020!

Besh Barmag, bird migration, photography, socio-economic, travels, winter birding

Birdelicious round trip in November 2019

Text © Michael Heiß No Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count was organised for autumn 2019 (see here: https://birdingazerbaijan.org/2019/03/15/besh-barmag-bottleneck-activities-for-2019/) leaving room for exploring the country by some members of the organisation team in late autumn. Our aims were as follows:(1) Checking the situation at Besh Barmag, where the construction of a new highway right next to… Continue reading Birdelicious round trip in November 2019

Besh Barmag, bird migration, science, travels

Migration report from Besh Barmag, late Oct till early Nov 2019

Text © Andy Butler, Paul Doherty, Simon Roddis The group at the spot © Paul Doherty Most birdwatchers are interested in migration and, having seen the blog reports and Trektellen posts describing the huge numbers of birds passing through Besh Barmag, Andy Butler, Simon Roddis and I planned to visit in the autumn of 2019.… Continue reading Migration report from Besh Barmag, late Oct till early Nov 2019

BBBMC, Besh Barmag, socio-economic

Social Impact Report – Birds bring jobs to Azerbaijan!

Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count Autumn 2018 Editor: Tomas Axén Haraldsson Introduction (English/Azerbaijani) Job creation Local financial gains Capacity building – individual & institutional  Conclusion, Links and media Introduction The sacred rock Besh Barmag overlooks the narrow coastal plain between the Caspian Sea and the foothills of the Greater Caucasus. Field research and explorative activities… Continue reading Social Impact Report – Birds bring jobs to Azerbaijan!

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Long-distance recapture of a Bluethroat ringed in Azerbaijan

Text © Pia Fetting Bluethroat 'ZH39059' after ringing © Pia Fetting In autumn 2017, around 2’400 birds were ringed at Besh Barmag bottleneck. After several of them were re-trapped during the same period on sitealready, the message of an individual re-discovered further away came up recently! On 5 October 2017, a Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica… Continue reading Long-distance recapture of a Bluethroat ringed in Azerbaijan

bird migration, bird news, science

First Crested Honey-buzzard and calcarata- Citrine Wagtail observed in Azerbaijan

Photos © Richard Ek Contemporary to two guided birding tours, several small and self-organised birding groups visited Azerbaijan this spring. One of them, consisting of three Swedish birdwatchers, managed to observe two new sub-/species at once for the country! Between the 23 and 26 May, Richard Ek, Olof Strand and Jesper Segergren went birding in… Continue reading First Crested Honey-buzzard and calcarata- Citrine Wagtail observed in Azerbaijan