maanantai 23. toukokuuta 2016

Georgia, Lake Jandari

29th, Friday

Woke up at 5.40, went birding 6.00 - and it was raining, so we didn't want to get off the car and get soaked once again. Did some watching from the car and after awhile returned to the hotel for breakfast, which was ordered as late as at 8.00. At 8.30 we left South, with +3° and 335km's in the odometer, so far. At Pansheti crossing there was a male Güldenstadt's Redstart flying ahead of our car towards the buckthorns.




After rainy night precipitation was snow even at lower altitudes, so we were worried whether the roads were icy or not. Wasn't very confiding to see the police had closed Jvari Pass from truck traffic, but we were lucky and temperature didn't drop under +1°, roads were not frozen, and cars were let to go through the pass. Near Sepe in position 42.4208333,44.5880556 Jari spotted a pair of Egyptian Vultures roosting by the road. Magnificent birds, on my wish list in Finland, too! Nearby we saw also few Long-tailed Tits of alpinus -group, ssp. major, a Greater Whitethroat and a beautiful male Ehrenberg's Redstart samamisicus.

A Gippo, always exciting creature!
An adult Aegyptian Vulture
Male samamisicus -Redstart
Male samamisicus -Redstart. In cloudy conditions there seems to be bluish cast to mantle, which is supposed to be ash-grey
Nostalgic Soviet cars
 


Traffic jams on the road to Tbilisi were not rare :)
Next there was a nice deciduous forests on both sides of the road near Ananuri, in position 42.154054, 44.722319. We had a short birding break here, with a pair of Semi-collared Flycatchers, lifer to Jari, a few singing Red-breasted Flycatchers, a Mountain Chiffchaff and a Lesser Whitethroat. There was also a Woodpecker -sp with rather soft calls, so it was either White-backer or Syrian. There was a rumour of a Dutch group having seen a Sombre Tit here, we saw just Coal Tits.


A female Semi-collared Flycatcher. From this angle, could be a Pied from my garden, as well :)

Record shot of an adult +2cy male Semi-collared Flycatcher, possibly missing some median coverts
Another record shot of a Semi-Cee
We chose bypass road E60 (S9) East of Tbilisi. WARNING! The road was generally in good condition with 100km/h limits, but suddenly, without any signs or warnings, our lane was blocked by ca. 1 x 1 meter concrete cubics! Had it been night, we couldn't possibly have avoided hitting those blocks! On another occasion, the soil under highway had moved and there was about 50cm high shoulder on pavement in the middle of the highway, again without any sign or warning ahead. We were lucky to spot it in advance and made emergency braking, otherwise we might have been hurled off the road wrecking our car and ourselves!






This is not the guy from famous Yoghurt commercials, but his son - the guy himself was drivig a SUV for herding the sheep!
It was afternoon when we arrived Lake Jandari with surrounding fields and steppe. We had a few hours for birding, which was very productive. Before reaching the lake we had two calling Quails, two Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles and Montagu's Harriers each, some Hoopoes, hundreds of European Bee-eaters, some Lesser Grey and Woodchat Shrikes, 40 Rosy Starlings and many Calandra Larks displaying over fields. Later we learned us the Belgians had seen a flock of 72 Demoiselle Cranes!

The Lake itself was excellent spot for birding. 14 Purple Herons, 25 Great White and 15 Little Egrets, 10 Night Herons and two Cattle Egrets. A female Red-footed Falcon and two Hobbys. Waders were not abundant, just 4 Stilts and two Redshanks. Also 50+ Armenian Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls ssp. fuscus, 30 Little, 50 Whiskered and one Caspian and Common Terns. More Bee-eaters, Hoopoes and a Kingfisher and five Rollers. At least eight Woodchat Shrikes ssp. niloticus and 30 Corn Buntings and 20 Spanish Sparrows of dispersive ssp. transcaspicus. However it was too early for Black-headed Bunting, so we didn't see any.




Many male Woodchat Shrikes ssp. niloticus are cinnamon below in fresh plumage
On our way back to the Tbilisi airport we took a secondary route east of Rustavi, leading us to a very bad road through a huge industrial complex. Some Cattle Eagrets were feeding along the road and a somewhat puzzling male Pied Wheatear was breeding in a wall, with just a glimpse of a female, too.


Some Cattle Egrets were striking in full breeding plumage


 




Full list of observations below.


Georgia 2016






Species total: 122 1/1 = one male / one female etc. 25.4. 26.4. 27.4. 28.4. 29.4.


ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae






1 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

3/1
1/
2 Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata



2/1


GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae






3 Common Quail Coturnix coturnix



2
4 Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus
5 2 5 1
5 Caucasian Grouse Tetrao mlokosiewiczi
4/2 2/ 3/1


PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae






6 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis

1

7 Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus



14


PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae






8 Gray Heron Ardea cinerea

2/
5
9 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea



14
10 Great Egret Ardea alba



25
11 Little Egret Egretta garzetta



15
12 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis



18
13 Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax



10


ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae






14 Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus 2 ad 2 ad

1 ad
15 Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus



2 ad
16 Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus
4 13 1
17 Short-toed Snake-Eagle Circaetus gallicus



2
18 Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus



2
19 Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 2 ad

2
20 Eurasian Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus



10
21 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus



/2
22 Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
/1

2
23 Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis 1



24 Black Kite Milvus migrans 1

1 1
25 Common Buzzard Buteo buteo 5 1 2 1 5
26 Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus


1


GRUIFORMES: Rallidae






27 Eurasian Coot Fulica atra



5


CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae






28 Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus



4


CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae






29 Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus



1


CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae






30 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
2
1 5
31 Common Redshank Tringa totanus



2


CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae






32 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus



1
33 Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 20



34 Armenian Gull Larus armenicus



50
35 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus



5
36 Little Tern Sternula albifrons



30
37 Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia



1
38 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida



50
39 Common Tern Sterna hirundo



1


COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae






40 Rock Pigeon Columba livia 50 30 30 30 50
41 Common Wood-Pigeon Columba palumbus



1
42 Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto 3


8


CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae






43 Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 1 1 1 1 3


APODIFORMES: Apodidae






44 Alpine Swift Apus melba 35



45 Common Swift Apus apus 500


50


BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae






46 Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops



7


CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae






47 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis



1


CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae






48 European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 30

calls 400


CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae






49 European Roller Coracias garrulus



5


PICIFORMES: Picidae






50 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
1/


51 Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus



1


FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae






52 Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 5 1 2 2 5
53 Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus



/1
54 Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo



2
55 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

1 ad 2 ad


PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae






56 Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

/1 1/ 9
57 Lesser Gray Shrike Lanius minor



3
58 Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator niloticus



8


PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae






59 Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius krynicki 1 1 3
3
60 Eurasian Magpie Pica pica 3


20
61 Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax 5

5 2
62 Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus 50 5 20 30 5
63 Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula 30


10
64 Rook Corvus frugilegus



200
65 Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 30

2 50
66 Common Raven Corvus corax 10 10 5 20 10


PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae






67 Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra



20
68 Crested Lark Galerida cristata



40


PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae






69 Bank Swallow Riparia riparia



10
70 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 200 50 1
300
71 Common House-Martin Delichon urbicum 10 5 30 20 50


PASSERIFORMES: Paridae






72 Coal Tit Periparus ater 2 10 5 5 1
73 Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 5 5 2 2 10
74 Great Tit Parus major 5 10 10 10 10


PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae






75 Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus major



3


PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae






76 Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea caucasica 5


5


PASSERIFORMES: Tichodromidae






77 Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria muraria
/1
1/


PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae






78 Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris caucasica
5
2 1


PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae






79 Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes 5 5 5 5 20


PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae






80 White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus caucasicus


1 2


PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae






81 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
7
1
82 Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita


1
83 Mountain Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus lorenzii 1 6 2 2 2


PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae






84 Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 1 /1
1/ 10
85 Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca



1
86 Greater Whitethroat Sylvia communis



1


PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae






87 European Robin Erithacus rubecula 1


5
88 Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos 1


1
89 Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva


2/ 7
90 Semicollared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata



1/1
91 Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus 20 1/ 1/
10
92 White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogastrus erythrogastrus

1/ 2/1 1/
93 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros ochruros 10 10 5 15 20
94 Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush Monticola saxatilis

1/ 1/
95 Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
2
7 1
96 Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
20 20 20 20
97 Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka



1/1


PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae






98 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus amicorum 3 25 20 5 1
99 Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula 50 35 30 20 30
100 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus 2
4
1


PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae






101 European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 60 50

100
102 Rosy Starling Pastor roseus



40


PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae






103 Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris

2
1
104 Dunnock Prunella modularis
15 15 15 10


PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae






105 Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 2
1 1/ 3
106 White Wagtail Motacilla alba dukhunensis 30 20 20 30 40
107 Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 1 1 2 1
108 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta coutellii 40 100 200 200 50


PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae






109 Rock Bunting Emberiza cia 1/



110 Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
4
ä 1/
111 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra



30


PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae






112 Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 20 20 20 30 50
113 Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula rossikowi 3
2

114 Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla rubicilla
2/6 1/1 2/5
115 European Greenfinch Chloris chloris bilkevitchii 20
2
1
116 European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 5
30 35 30
117 Twite Carduelis flavirostris brevirostris


2 5
118 Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina



5
119 Fire-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus
10 30 30 5


PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae






120 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 10 5 10 10 50
121 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis transcaspicus



20
122 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus



1








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