In the recent Sandgrouse issue by the Ornithological Society of the Middle East you will find a detailed describtion of Azerbaijan's first Black-winged Kite observation. Check out: Resulzade, H.S. (2020) Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus, a new species for Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Sandgrouse 42(2): 302–304. https://birdingazerbaijan.org/2020/02/10/azerbaijans-first-record-of-black-shouldered-kite/
The annual summer meeting of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East was held online due to the ongoing COVID19-pandemic. Zülfü Fərəcli, a keen young birder from Nakhichevan, gave an inspiring talk about 'Developing the next generation of birders in Azerbaijan'. Have a look at the video below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnAJE0TaN_g More details: https://osme.org/2020/08/osmes-first-online-summer-meeting-the-best-thing-to-come-out-of-lockdown/?fbclid=IwAR1sGptGQVMCQRROz-myIHk0Wi_uMZSu1zluiJBNTHphQaqa11xv69lBkUA
Photo © Arzu Memmedov/Hüseyn Resulzade First record of Spur-winged Lapwing for Azerbaijan! The bird was observed and photographed on 17 July 2020 along the Araz river in Nakhchivan. Congratulations Arzu Memmedov and Hüseyn Resulzade!
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/
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
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!
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 © 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
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