Tour At A Glance

Cost:

£2995

Deposit:

£700

Single Room Supplement:

£250

Tour Code:

Moderate, with some early starts and steep walks in mountains.

Group Size:

8 (minimum 5)

Great Rosefinch Caucasian Snowcock (Image Roman Buhler) Lammergeier Green Warbler Levant Sparrowhawk Black Redstart ssp. ochrurus Honey Buzzard Twite ssp. brevirostris Raptor migration

Georgia - Raptor Migration and Caucasian Specialities

Date: 7th - 16th September 2020
Leaders: Jason Moss and Johannes Jansen

Introduction

 

Guldenstadt's Redstart (Image Roman Buhler)

 

Georgia, positioned on the east coast of the Black Sea, is a small country which punches well above its weight regarding the sheer birding riches and spectacle that it offers. With the Lesser Caucasus mountains forming a migration bottleneck with the Black Sea coast, the migration of birds of prey over Batumi is the 3rd largest in the whole world, with over 1,000,000 birds of prey passing during the autumn. We time our tour to coincide with this incredible spectacle, watching as Honey Buzzards are passing in their tens of thousands and harriers, eagles and accipiter’s pass in one of the greatest concentrations on earth. A migratory hotspot for many birds, the coastal areas can be alive with migrant warblers, shrikes, larks, chats, pipits and wagtails from Russia. Visits to the Chorokhi Delta and Mtirala National Park will feature migrant waders, marsh terns, herons and egrets, and many breeding specialities.

 

Our tour will also see us travel into the incredible Greater Caucasus Mountains, staying within touching distance of such enchanting species as Caucasian Snowcock, Caucasian Black Grouse, Caucasian Chiffchaff, Güldenstadt’s Redstart, Green Warbler and Great Rosefinch. The mountains, reaching over 5,000 meters at their highest and spanning from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, are home to a host of other specialist species including Red-fronted Serin, Kruper’s Nuthatch, Western Rock Nuthatch, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lammergeier, and possibly Wallcreeper, and are sure to blow us away. A set of key subspecies which we should encounter are Water Pipit ssp. coutellii, Shorelark ssp. penicillate and Twite ssp. brevirostris. Focusing on the western end of the range, we will spend our time in the Svaneti National Park, visiting key areas to maximise our chances of seeing the most desirable species. The scenery will be stunning, and the birding equally so, with many other superb species on offer here! A tour not to be missed!   


  


   

 

 

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