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German Kai Gauger wrote about bird species in Nakhchivan

From May 20th to 28th Kai Gauger led a trip along the birding hotspots in  Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The guests were from Germany, Austria, Denmark and Great Britain.

Kai Gauger shared a report about his visit to Nakhchivan on the webpage www.birdingaze.blogspot.com.

Here is that report:

After lunch we left Baki for Nakhchivan. We were on two days' trip here. Our first and main target in the morning was to see the Radde's Accentor and after roaming the colorful subalpine meadows above Batabat for some time we finally found a singing male which gave perfect and close views.

Other good birds in the area were eg Barred Warbler, Ortolan Bunting and many others. There were also two Lesser Spotted Eagles of which one was carrying a snake to its putative breeding site, more Bearded Vultures, Golden and Booted Eagles. Driving down the mountains step by step we saw several White-throated Robins, found Eastern Rock Nuthatches, the first two See-see Partridges, a Trumpeter Finch and a Mongolian Finch. In the afternoon we walked into a beautiful valley where several Upcher's Warblers, Grey-necked Buntings and Persian Wheatears showed well. Also small groups Bezoar Goats were around.

The next day started in the Nehram mountains in the lowest parts of Nakhchivan. The walk was great with perfect and close views of See-see Partridge, a Peregrine, a superb Lanner Falcon, more Trumpeter Finches, Grey-necked Buntings, Persian Wheatears and several Black-bellied Sandgrouse. We drove a bit further to the region around the prominent Hachadag mountain.

In the fields were many Greater Short-toed larks and after some time we also saw a Bimaculated Lark very well. Rather surprising were several Crimson-winged Finches feeding here and there. A last and important site was at Daridag where it took us just a minute to find plenty of Desert Finches feeding recently fledged juveniles.

All these were a nice conclusion of a perfect birding trip in Nakhchivan.

 

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Date: 20-09-2018
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