Batumi Raptor Count
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Birding in Chorokhi Delta

The Chorokhi delta close to Batumi was visited two times in August by the Swedish team. The first visit was done during the afternoon and evening of the 16th of August.Pallid Harrier juv. hunting above the swampsPallid Harrier juv. hunting above the swamps

After several rainy days the conditions for a high number of resting migrants were perfect. As soon as the rain stopped at noon a high number of warblers, wheatears, shrikes and wagtails were seen in the open area of bushes just east of the ponds. Among the numerous Great Reed Warblers, Reed warblers, two Booted Warblers and  both Oliviceaus Warbler and Blyth’s Reed Warbler were seen. Several Rose-collared Starlings and Isabelline Wheatears were also seen. At the delta itself in total three Terek Sandpipers and four Broad-billed sandpiper were resting among the Common Sandpipers. Also a Great Snipe was flushed. A final surprise for the day was the most probable adult Heuglinis Gull among the hundreds of Yellow-legged gulls resting along the river shore.Freshly fledged Little BitternFreshly fledged Little Bittern

The 21th of August the delta was visited a second time. In contrast to previous visit the morning was sunny after a clear night. Despite the reduced conditions for resting migrants a high number of Great Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatchers and Common Wheatear were observed.  Also three Olivacious Warblers and seven Barred Warblers were seen. At the ponds in total eleven Little Crakes were seen in the reed together with several Squacco Herons and Little bitterns. In the delta five Terek Sandpipers and two over flying Broad-billed Sandpipers were observed.
Furthermore, Albert de Jong from the Netherlands provided astonishing photographs from his own observations during the same time.
Kind regards,
Marten Berg, Mikal Olofson, Marten Wikstrom, Johanna Yourstone, Jenni Eikenstam
Little Crake juv. quite common this time of the year in the delta

Booted Warbler. You can find them in the low shrubs

Citrine Wagtail. Common migrant in ChorokhiCitrine Wagtail. Common migrant in Chorokhi

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