Batumi Raptor Count
Batumi Raptor Count

Epic day for BRC, breaking all the records!

On 2nd October 2014 our counting team witnessed the largest passage of raptors ever seen outside of the Panamerican Flyway and counted over 280.000 raptors in a single day!

The early morning started with outstanding Marsh Harrier migration. Later on, some flocks of Black Kites migrated one by one in a lazy flight. But suddenly after noon Steppe Buzzards started to kettle east and west of both our stations. Their large and wide streams covered all the sky, ending up in monster kettles, where complex kettles just merged with other nearby kettles.

Over one Million raptors in 2013

Our fantastic count team has done it again, our season total is way over the 1.000.000 mark again. The count volunteers and especially the coordinators have mastered this incredible flight of raptors, and even succeeded to keep a high quality count, identifying a high proportion of the eagles and harriers.

Raptor shooting survey

Not only birdwatchers are keen on autumn raptor migration, the region around Batumi is also notorious for its raptor shooters. Although it is illegal in Georgia to shoot raptors, many get shot when passing the bottleneck. A mixed team of Georgian and international volunteers are conducting a survey of the shooting and trapping of raptors in the Batumi bottleneck from August 15 to September 30.

Two days in the Chorokhi delta

On September 18th and 19th a small group of birders from the BRC visited the Chorokhi delta for birding. In total, we observed 99 species, including some birds in the hand at the ringing station.
We visited the delta south of the bridge as well as some small ponds just north of the bridge along the road.

Raptor Conservation

A major aim of SABUKO is to end the illegal killing of migratory raptors in the Batumi bottleneck. We do this by raising awareness and involving local communities, rather than confronting them. The graph below presents an overview of our projects. We would like to thank all our donors and BirdLife International for the invaluable support.

Latest Count

Here you find our regular updated numbers of all migrating raptors from both of our count stations.
Total counted raptors 2014: 1,384,548
Honey Buzzard: 662,600
Steppe Buzzard: 526,743

Check out what is happening here and find your potential days for paying our spots a visit.

Halfway through the count

This season we started with some very positive upgrades to Sakhalvasho village. The days of fighting with the blue tarp are finally over… at least on station-1… We now have an actual shelter and proper stairs leading there. Also new is the Green Café that opened its doors for counters in need of some relaxation after an intense day of clicking.

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