Since 5 August 2021 Azerbaijan has re-opened the country for tourism and welcomes guests from various countries! The latest Covid-19 travel information can be obtained from the Azerbaijan Tourism Board website: https://azerbaijan.travel/covid-19-en If you are looking for an exciting birding destination this autumn, such as the fabulous bird migration at Besh Barmag, huge wetlands, the… Continue reading Azerbaijan has re-opened for tourists
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
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
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 Even if all shutdowns and travel restrictions will be rescinded and the infection risk lowered by the purposed start of the count in August, there are many other impacts which make… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird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
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: October/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 Lark, Little Bustard,… Continue reading Bird Migration Tour: Autumn 2021 (10 days)
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!
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