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 Even if all shutdowns and travel restrictions will be rescinded and the infection risk lowered by the purposed start of the count in August, there are many other impacts which make… Continue reading Besh Barmag Bird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
Date: 18 - 28 November 2020 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, Siberian Buff-bellied Pipit, Finsch’s Wheatear, Black-throated Thrush and the Great Spotted Woodpecker (ssp. poelzami). Locations: Besh Barmag bottleneck, Greater Caucasus, Shirvan National Park, Qizilagach National Park, Talysh… Continue reading Bird Migration Tour: November 2020 (10 days)
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
All photos © Lasse Patrick Simensen
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