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
Photos © Richard Ek Contemporary to two guided birding tours, several small and self-organised birding groups visited Azerbaijan this spring. One of them, consisting of three Swedish birdwatchers, managed to observe two new sub-/species at once for the country! Between the 23 and 26 May, Richard Ek, Olof Strand and Jesper Segergren went birding in… Continue reading First Crested Honey-buzzard and calcarata- Citrine Wagtail observed in Azerbaijan
Participants of the IBOC in Eilat © Yuval Dax From 28 March to 1 April 2019 the 3rd International Bird Observatory Conference took place in Eilat (Israel).The conference hosted 150 participants from 32 countries around the globe representing approximately 60 bird observatories and organisations. The five conference days were peppered with 11 keynote speakers, 71… Continue reading Caucasian presentations at the IBOC 2019
You are in Baku and have a free weekend? You are on business travel in Azerbaijan and want to enjoy the country’s natural heritage? You are interested in birds and other wildlife? – We can bring you to every location from dry steppes, to pristine forests and high mountains to find the best species. For… Continue reading Short trips (1 – 5 days)
text by Ric Else and Hazel Watson Before joining the Besh Barmag counting team from mid November to the end of the month, we weren't really sure what to expect at such a late stage in the migration season. We had been closely following the daily count data on Trektellen from the beginning of September,… Continue reading Late November highlights at the Besh Barmag migration bottleneck