Day 16: Kazbegi

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Stepandsminda

It took 22 hours to go from Dogubeyazit to Kazbegi (including birding). So we were all very tired when we arrived at 2:00 in the night. Non the less Yann, Rasmus and Bjøssi woke up at 6:00 and went out birding. I must admit that I were too tired after so many hours behind the wheel.

View of Stepandsminda and Kazbegi

View of Stepandsminda and Kazbegi

When they came back they of course told fairytales about Güldenstadt’s Redstarts and Great Rosefinch. But well, they didn’t find any of those, but they managed to find Caucasian Snowcock and Caucasioan Black Grouse, Green Warbler, Mountain Chiffchaff, Accentor, Dipper and Goshawk.

Mountain Chiffchaff

Mountain Chiffchaff

Inspired by this we all went out to the hotels garden, where Green Warbler and Mountain Chiffchaff were seen again along with a Treecreeper.

Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture

After having breakfast we went climbing in the mountains. They weather was cloudy with occasional showers. But we soon managed to find two males Caucasian Black Grouses and a some Snowcocks were also calling from the mountains.

Yann takes a rest during the long and hard climbing

Yann takes a rest during the long and hard climbing

We decided to split up in order to cover a greater area. On my walk I found a Ring Ouzel collecting worms for its offspring. Other birds included a few Red-fronted Serins, one Caucasian Black Grouse and at least one Snowcock, several Water Pipits, two Black Redstarts ssp. ochurus and one male ssp. semirufus.

Green Warbler

Green Warbler

The last two weeks have been rather warm in Stepandsminda. This means that the two difficult target species Güldenstadt’s Redstart and Great Rosefinch have moved far up the mountain slopes – probably to the snow limit. But hopefully we’ll managed to find some tomorrow.

Ring Ouzel

Ring Ouzel

And if we don’t just seeing this magnificent place is worth all the effort.

Silas Olofson

 

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