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
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 Even if all shutdowns and travel restrictions will be rescinded and the infection risk lowered by the purposed start of the count in August, there are many other impacts which make… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird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
The awesome story of finding the Siberian Crane 'Omid' in Shirvan National Park is now online available on the Dutch Birding website: https://www.dutchbirding.nl/wpbirding/1593/omid_-_last_of_a_legacy?fbclid=IwAR0A_X9z5HxGXEtyNW5zRuTFRdPrzY7v-JB450fr4LrWoAmDOhDgzU-bAgw
Photos © Abdin Abbasov The famous Siberian Crane named 'Omid' was found on 1 March 2020 in Shirvan National Park! This bird is the last individual of the western population of this species. Omid was wintering in northern Iran and is now on his way back to the former breeding grounds in Siberia. Congratulations to… Continue reading Siberian Crane in Shirvan National Park!
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: 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)