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
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 Even if all shutdowns and travel restrictions will be rescinded and the infection risk lowered by the purposed start of the count in August, there are many other impacts which make… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird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!
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
As a counter you will: monitor the daily bird migration through a narrow coastal plain in Azerbaijanwork closely with a mixed team of Azerbaijani and international birdwatcherslearn and teach others in bird counting and bird identificationenjoy a frontier bird project in a little-known part of the world The sacred Mountain Besh Barmag is situated 90km… Continue reading 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 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!
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
Information update The autumn 2018 was the most extenstive to date in terms of visiting birdwatchers/volunteers, birds counted, species noted as well as locals involved and the whole logistics operation. A research paper with the migration count results is being prepared for Sandgrouse , the journal of OSME (Ornithological Society of the Middle East, Caucasus… Continue reading Besh Barmag bottleneck activities for 2019