The wintertime is obviously over and bird migration increase day by day. Currently, we observe good numbers of migrating passerines with daily hundreds of Reed Buntings, Chaffinches and White Wagtails, the first Yellow and Citrine Wagtails also arrived. Daily, thousands of larks pass through the Besh Barmag bottleneck, mainly Calandra and Skylarks, often mixed in with other lark species such as Lesser and Greater Short-toed, Wood and rarely White-winged Larks. However, migration of Dalmatian Pelican, Marsh Harrier and Cormorants still continuous. Some further interesting observations were 1 Alpine Swift migrating North, a few Buff-bellied Pipits, 1 Red-fronted Serin, about 25 White Pelicans, 1 migrating Ring Ouzel and a Dotterel.
Sonntag, 11. März 2012
I am now back for the spring migration counts in Azerbaijan and I am now accompanied by Friedrich, a student from Germany who is doing research on resting passerines in bushes at the study site. These bushes are a welcome stopover for migrants and sometimes impressively crowed.
After some springlike warm and sunny days in the beginning of March, we are currently suffering a recurrence of winter with almost daily snowfalls and temperatures below zero degrees. Bird migration is often inhibited due bad weather conditions. However, some days produced good migration of Marsh Harriers, Dalmatian Pelicans and Cormorants. Passerine migration is on a low level with Skylarks and Starlings being the most numerous species.
Friedrich is birding in the lagoon. The foothills of the Greater Caucasus are covered with snow.
An interesting view of the Caspian Sea. The whole coastline was covered with a belt of floating ice sheets.
A White-tailed Eagle flies along the frozen coast.
Birdwatching in Azerbaijan is often quite thrilling. In that case the pelicans were under surveillance of a few sheepdogs.
We also observed more than 60 White-tailed Eagle around the waste dump.
Freitag, 2. März 2012
|beautiful Blue-cheeked Bea-eaters caught cross a channel in Shirvan NP|
|Kingfisher, another colourful bird|
|a samamisicus- Common Redstart, note that this bird has even red in the white wing patch!|
|Semi-collared Flycatcher, a 2cy male|
|Woodchat Shrike, also a 2cy male|
|ad male Turkestan Shrike, first of this subspecies in Azerbaijan|
|a stinky Hoopoe|
|two different Nightjars|
|Scops Owl, one of my favourite birds in hand, they are so cute!|
|Stonechat with very little white in the tail, so more like a maura...|
|another one but with a clear variegata-tail|
|caspia Reed Buntings, for me more an own species than a subspecies. Look at theese bills and the size compared with the common ones that occur here on migration!|
|Quail, a very unusal catch in the shrubs...|
|a superb catch was this young Levant Sparrowhawk|
|so was this Terek Sandpiper|
|and this ad female Citrine Wagtail|
|much more common in the nets are Green Warblers|
|and in the right habitat also Menetries Warbler|
|very common on migration are Red-breasted Flycatchers|