Text & Photos © M. Heiß
Birdwatching in May is probably the most comfortable time with warm temperatures between 20-25°C, sunny weather and many birds and great song activity. Calandra Larks and Isabelline Weathears are singing in the steppes, whereas Nightingales, Cuckoos and Turtle Doves are singing in the bushes. Along the lagoon small breeding colonies of Black-winges Stilts can be found and Kentish Plovers and Lapwings have already chicks. The ongoing bird migration produced some further nice encounters.
The only rare species was a single Red-rumped Swallow among migrating Barn Swallows and Sand Martins. Just a few records exist for this species in Azerbaijan.
|Rose-coloured Starling is the dominating migrant at the moment|
|Resting flock in the bushes|
|Daily several thousand individuals can be seen|
|The first Honey Buzzards arrived at Besh Barmag|
|A Hobby on the beach|
|Marsh Harrier with a fish|
|A pair of Mediterranean Gulls|
|Barred Warbler in the bushes|
|Great Reed Warbler|
|The song of Black-headed Buntings can be heard all over the area|
|Two Broad-billed Sandpipers in the lagoon|
|Trouble in a small breeding colonie of Black-winged Stilts|
|Three out of four distant wolves which I found playing on the beach|