Text © Gabi Caucal Photos © Philip Elbek, Elvin Məmmədsoy Although less present than the last season with the same methodology (2018), the Garganeys and Marsh Tens have marked the first days of the count. The nice day September 11th was definitely the peak day for these species with respectively 4214 Garganeys and 3444 Marsh Terns… Continue reading September summary of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count autumn 2022
Photos © Patrick Weber, Elshan Baba & Elvin Məmmədsoy Report of the second 10 days of the season at Besh! The last ten days saw more than 10.000 Garganey, 1000 Black-winged Pratincoles and days peaking at more than 90 species. The growing team is really motivated and already managed to pick up a new species… Continue reading Mid-September report of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count
Photos/video © Elvin Məmmədsoy (Camping Azerbaijan) Yesterday, the good old shelter arrived at the counting spot at Besh Barmag. This shelter will give home to about 25 counters from 10 countries until the end of November. Today's count results here: https://trektellen.nl/count/view/1533/20220911 https://videopress.com/v/i0Z1AATx?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true True pioneering spirit of a bird migration count site in the steppes of Azerbaijan
Text © Gabi Caucal Photos © Abdin Abbasov, Elvin Məmmədsoy (Camping Azerbaijan) The first days of the count were really enjoyable for the diversity with more than 70 species by session. We can mention these first day with more than 3000 Garganeys or several days with thousands of Terns! Recently, some other water birds were… Continue reading Report of the first 10 days of the season at Besh!
After so many years of waiting we are now happy to share the count results of the first day at Besh Barmag bottleneck: https://trektellen.nl/count/view/1533/20220901 Despite the very high temperatures of around 40°C Gabi and Elvin did a great job and logged migrating Slender-billed Gulls, Gull-billed Terns, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Rosy Starlings, Citrine Wagtails and a single… Continue reading Start of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2022
Since we have unfortunately experienced far less reservations and bookings of counters for the autumn count at Besh Barmag than previously expected, we had to reorganise and recalculate our plans to keep the count running and the daily fees at a moderate rate. This is a very tough decision for us, but we want to… Continue reading UPDATE: Call for Counters: Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2022
UPDATE: Please check the updated call considering the daily fees and conditions: https://birdingazerbaijan.org/2022/07/21/update-call-for-counters-besh-barmag-bird-migration-count-2022/ We are happy to announce another bird migration counting season at Besh Barmag bottleneck for autumn 2022. After the very successful full season in 2018 a planned new highway crossed our plans for autumn 2019 and in 2020 and 2021 a global… Continue reading Call for Counters: Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count 2022
Text & Photos © Pia Fetting The first records of Little Bunting for Azerbaijan were recently published in the Sandgrouse magazine of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East: Fetting P & Buddemeier J (2021) First records of Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla for Azerbaijan. Sandgrouse 43(1): 146-150. https://osme.org/sandgrouse/ Summary: During a comprehensive survey of migratory birds at… Continue reading First records of Little Bunting published in Sandgrouse
According to the website of Ilham Aliyev (president of Azerbaijan) and diffenrent local media sources the Besh Barmag area will become a State History, Culture and Nature Reserve! https://president.az/articles/39054 https://www.azernews.az/travel/165875.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzr0nZY0rQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu2E1_9OsNQ
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!