Day 18: Between Stepandsminda and Rize

Caucasian Snowcock

Caucasian Snowcock

As we have not been birding together all the time but walked in different groups in Kazbegi we had different wishes for the last morning. Yann, Rasmus and McE went to look for a Corncrake while Jói, Simmi and I wanted to get better views of the Caucasian Snowcocks. The three of us drove to the east side of the village and walked up to a gorge, where up to four Snowcocks had been seen. We heard the birds calling right away and soon we found a male and a female walking on the opposite site of the gorge. We got very good views for about 20 minutes when the birds decided to fly to our site of the gorge.

Caucasian Snowcock

Caucasian Snowcock

They disappeared into the gorge, but we followed a path and soon we found the bird foraging just 40 meters away from us. What a nice experience! If it wasn’t for the early hours, very bad light and grey gorge photos would have been supreme. But we cannot complain.

Ring Ouzel

Ring Ouzel

At the same place we also saw a few Ring Ouzels – maybe ssp. amicorum – with very much white in the wing.

White Wagtail

White Wagtail

And then there are the White Wagtails with almost purely white lesser, median and greater coverts. At least it is something eastern…

Green Warbler

Green Warbler

Green Warbler

Green Warbler

Yann and the other managed to get good views of the Corncrake, and just before leaving the hotel a few Green Warblers gave good views in the garden. So we were all very happy when we left Kazbegi before noon. We had a long drive in front of us to Rize. We did a few stops, but didn’t find anything extra ordinary except a few very nice Coughs.

Cough

Cough

The crossing to Turkey went well and at 23:00 we arrived at our hotel in Rize.

Silas Olofson

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