ARMENIA13-27 May 2018

 

Brian and Pat Wetton joined the Zoothera tour to Armenia in 2018. It was led by Lee Collins with assistance from a local guide and translator and two other drivers. We stayed in nice hotels. We recorded 198 species of birds of which 11 were new to us.

 

Itinerary:

13 May - London to Yerevan via Warsaw with LOT

14 May - Yerevan to Gaghard Monastery & Garni Canyon & Yerevan

15 May - Yerevan to Vedi Hills, Marspetouni & Urtsadzor

16 May - Urtsadzor to Ourts Mts, Leopard Canyon, Ourts Pond & Yerevan

17 May - Yerevan to Spitak, Trchkan Falls, Haghartsin & Dilijan

18 May - Dilijan to Pambak Mt, Lake Sevan, Artanish & Babajan

19 May - Babajan to Lake Sevan & Scar, Lichk, Selim Fields & Yeghegis

20 May - Yeghegis to Vardenis Mts, Noravank Monastery & Yeghegis

21 May - Yeghegis to Arpa Gorge, Sisian Plateau & Goris

22 May - Goris to Vorotan Valley, Nerkin Hand, Meghri Valley & Agarak

23 May - Agarak to Iran Border, Meghri, Tashtun Pass, Vorotan Wood & Goris

24 May - Goris to Sisian Plateau, Gorayk, Armash Ponds & Urtsadzor

25 May - Urtsadzor to Vedi Hills, Armash Ponds & Yerevan

26 May - Yerevan to Mt Agarats, Amberd Fort & Yerevan

27 May – Yerevan to London via Warsaw with Blue Air & LOT

 

Site Map:

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Sites:

Yerevan: City and capital of Armenia.

Gaghard & Garni Canyon: A rocky canyon formed by the Azat River in an area of volcanic rocks some 30 km east of Yerevan.

Vedi Hills: An area of dry grassy hills with rocky outcrops 35km south-east of Yerevan.

Urtsadzor: An eco-lodge in the foothills of the Ourts Mountains.

Ourts Mts (inc Marspetouni): A mountainous area east of Urtsadzor with canyons such as Leopard Canyon. Grassland and rocky valleys. Nearby streams and a pond with lusher vegetation.

Spitak: A town in the north of Armenia en route to Dilijan.

Trchkan Falls: Waterfall in a rocky gorge between Spitak and Dilijan.

Haghartsin Wood: An extensive area of woodland in Dilijan National Park east of the town of Dilijan.

Pambak Mountain: An area of high grassy mountains between Dilijan and Lake Sevan.

Lake Sevan: A huge lake near the eastern boundary of Armenia. Contains islands with large colonies of gulls and cormorants. Marshy borders at Artanish and Lichk.

Sevan Scar: A high rocky escarpment on the south-west side of the Lake.

Lichk: An area of wet grassland, marsh and small lake near the town of Lichk on the south-west side of Lake Sevan.

Selim Fields: A shallow grassy valley forming a pass through the west of the Vardenis Mountains between Lake Sevan and Yegezhnadzor.

Yeghegis: A lodge with gardens near the Vardenis Mountains north of Yegezhnadzor.

Vardenis Mountains: A mountainous region with rocky peaks and grassy foothills south of Lake Sevan.

Noravank Monastery: An ancient  monastery in a gorge with streamside vegetation.

Arpa Gorge: A steep rocky valley en route to Sisian.

Sisian Plateau: An extensive dry grassy plateau near the town of Sisian. Gorayk is a village on the northern edge.

Vorotan Valley & Wood (inc Nerkin Hand): A well-wooded valley south of Goris in southern Armenia.

Meghri Valley: A rocky valley to the north of Meghri near the Iranian border.

Tashtun Pass: A high pass north of Meghri on the road to Goris.

Armash Ponds: Fish ponds and surrounding reedmarsh on the Turkish border near Ararat.

Mount Aragats: Foothills (inc Amberd Fort) and high snow-covered mountains north of Yerevan.

 

 Birds Recorded:

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Ruddy Shelduck

2

10+

Sevan

Garganey

1

4

Armash

Northern Shoveler

1

2

Armash

Gadwall

4

6

Sevan, Armash

Mallard

3

4+

Sevan, Armash

Eurasian Teal

2

2

Sevan, Armash

Marbled Duck

1

2

Armash

Red-crested Pochard

2

50+

Armash

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Common Pochard

2

20+

Armash

Ferruginous Duck

2

4

Sevan, Armash

Tufted Duck

2

6+

Sevan, Armash

White-headed Duck

2

2

Armash

Caucasian Grouse

1

1

Pambak Mt

Caspian Snowcock

1

4

Vardenis Mt

Chukar

4

2+

Garni, Ourts Mts, Pambak Mt & Arpa Gorge

Black Francolin

1

2

Iran Border

Common Quail

2

H

Sevan, Sisian

Little Grebe

2

2+

Sevan

Great Crested Grebe

4

10+

Sevan, Armash

Black Stork

1

1

Lichk

White Stork

6

10+

Various

Glossy Ibis

3

20

Lichk, Armash

Eurasian Spoonbill

1

10+

Armash

Eurasian Bittern

1

H

Lichk

Little Bittern

2

3

Armash

B-crown Night-Heron

3

20+

Sevan, Armash

Squacco Heron

2

6

Lichk, Armash

W Cattle Egret

2

10+

Sevan, Armash

Grey Heron

3

6

Sevan,Lichk, Armash

Purple Heron

3

6

Sevan,Lichk, Armash

Little Egret

2

10

Lichk, Armash

Pygmy Cormorant

3

20+

Lichk, Armash

Great Cormorant

3

50+

Sevan, Lichk,Armash

Black Vulture

2

2

Marspetouni, Ourts Mts

Lammergeier

3

2

Marspetouni, Ourts Mts, VardenisMts

Egyptian Vulture

3

2

Garni, Ourts Mts, Vardenis Mts, Arpa Gorge

European Honey Buzzard

2

2

Marspetouni, Mt Aragats

Eurasian Griffon Vulture

3

2

Marspetouni, Ourts Mts, Vardenis Mts

Short-toed Eagle

1

2

Arpa Gorge

Lesser Spotted Eagle

2

3+

Pambak Mt, Lichk

Greater Spotted Eagle

1

2

Lichk

Eastern Imperial Eagle

1

1

Pambak Mt

Golden Eagle

5

2

Geghard, Marspetouni, Ourts,Pambak, Vardenis Mts

Levant Sparrowhawk

1

1

Meghri Valley

Northern Goshawk

2

1

Marspetouni, Nerkin Hand

W Marsh Harrier

6

5

Various

Montagu’s Harrier

4

6

Trchkan, Sevan, Sisian

Black Kite

1

1

Marspetouni

Long-legged Buzzard

2

1

Vedi, Sisian

Steppe Buzzard

10

20+

Various

Common Buzzard

3

2

Garni, Ourts Mts, Sevan

Eurasian Coot

4

100+

Sevan, Armash

Black-winged Stilt

2

50+

Armash

Pied Avocet

1

2

Armash

Northern Lapwing

1

1

Armash

White-tailed Lapwing

2

3

Armash

Grey Plover

1

1+

Armash

Common Ringed Plover

1

10+

Armash

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Black-tailed Godwit

1

30+

Armash

Ruddy Turnstone

1

5+

Armash

Ruff

1

1+

Armash

Broad-billed Sandpiper

1

1+

Armash

Curlew Sandpiper

1

10+

Armash

Little Stint

1

10+

Armash

Terek Sandpiper

1

2+

Armash

Red-necked Phalarope

1

6+

Armash

Common Sandpiper

2

2

Sevan, Armash

Green Sandpiper

1

1

Armash

Common Redshank

2

2

Lichk, Armash

Wood Sandpiper

2

15

Sevan, Armash

Common Greenshank

1

1

Armash

Black-winged Pratincole

1

1

Sevan

Slender-billed Gull

1

2+

Armash

Black-headed Gull

1

10+

Armash

Armenian Gull

5

500+

Sevan, Armash

Gull-billed Tern

2

2

Armash

Little Tern

1

2+

Armash

Whiskered Tern

2

10+

Armash

White-winged Tern

3

1000+

Sevan, Armash

Black Tern

2

2

Sevan Armash

Rock Dove

4

2+

Various

Stock Dove

1

2

Nerkin Hand

Common Wood Pigeon

10

10+

Various

Eurasian Collared Dove

2

2

Spitak, Agarak

Laughing Dove

1

4

Agarak

Common Cuckoo

13

3+

Various

Alpine Swift

4

6+

Garni, Ourts Mts, Arpa Gorge, Armash

Common Swift

13

100+

Various

European Roller

6

3

Various

Common Kingfisher

1

2

Armash

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

2

20

Armash

European Bee-eater

8

30+

Various

Eurasian Hoopoe

8

10

Various

Middle Spotted W’pecker

1

1

Vorotan Wood

Syrian W’pecker

3

2

Ourts Mts, Yeghegis

Great Spotted W’pecker

1

1

Haghartsin Wood

Lesser Kestrel

1

5

Sevan Scar

Common Kestrel

11

3

Various

Lanner Falcon

1

3

Marspetouni, Sevan Scar

Peregrine

2

1

Trchkan, Vardenis Mts

Red-backed Shrike

13

10+

Various

Lesser Grey Shrike

7

20+

Various

Woodchat Shrike

3

5+

Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts, Arpa Gorge

Masked Shrike

1

1

Vedi Hills

European Golden Oriole

7

6

Various

Eurasian Jay

6

4

Various

Eurasian Magpie

13

20+

Various

Red-billed Chough

8

10

Various

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Western Jackdaw

8

20+

Various

Rook

2

1+

Yerevan

Hooded Crow

13

50+

Various

Northern Raven

10

5

Various

Coal Tit

1

1+

Haghartsin Wood

Sombre Tit

1

1

Meghri

Eurasian Blue Tit

4

2

Selim, Arpa Gorge, Vorotan Valley

Great Tit

8

10+

Various

Eurasian Penduline Tit

1

1

Ourts Pond

Bearded Reedling

2

50+

Armash

Woodlark

3

6

Garni, Ourts Mts, Meghri Valley

Eurasian Skylark

6

50+

Various

Crested Lark

3

10+

Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts

Horned Lark

1

2+

Mt Aragats

Greater Short-toed Lark

3

2

Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts

Sand Martin

4

1000+

Sevan, Arpa Gorge, Armash

Barn Swallow

13

50

Various

Eurasian Crag Martin

11

20+

Various

Common House Martin

6

10+

Various

Cetti’s Warbler

10

2+

Various

Willow Warbler

1

1

Armash

Common Chiffchaff

5

10

Haghartsin, Sevan, Arpa, Vorotan

Mountain Chiffchaff

1

4+

Sevan Scar

Green Warbler

2

2+

Trchkan Falls, Vorotan Wood

Great Reed Warbler

3

2+

Lichk, Armash

Sedge Warbler

2

H

Armash

Paddyfield Warbler

1

1

Armash

Caspian Reed Warbler

2

5+

Armash

E Olivaceous Warbler

3

4

Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts, Vorotan Valley

Upcher’s Warbler

1

2+

Meghri Valley

Savi’s Warbler

1

H

Armash

Eurasian Blackcap

3

H

Haghartsin Wood, Vorotan Valley

Garden Warbler

2

1

Sevan, Vorotan Valley

Barred Warbler

2

1+

Marspetouni, Selim

Lesser Whitethroat

6

3+

Various

E Orphean Warbler

3

1

Vedi Hills, Urtsadzor, Meghri

Common Whitethroat

12

30+

Various

Menetries’s Warbler

3

2

Vedi Hills, Meghri valley

Eurasian Nuthatch

1

H

Haghartsin Wood

W Rock Nuthatch

2

2

Garni, Vedi Hills

E Rock Nuthatch

5

10+

Garni, Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts, Norovank, Meghri Valley

Rosy Starling

6

200+

Various

Common Starling

8

10+

Various

Ring Ouzel

5

5

Trchkan, Pambak Mt, Vardenis Mts, Arpa

Common Blackbird

10

5

Various

Song Thrush

2

H

Haghartsin Wood, Vorotan Wood

Mistle Thrush

2

3

Trchkan, Vardenis Mts

Rufous Bush-Chat

1

1

Vedi Hills

Spotted Flycatcher

4

2

Sevan, Arpa Gorge, Nerkin Hand, Armash

Bluethroat

1

3

Selim

Species

Days

Max

Sites

Common Nightingale

5

4+

Various

White-throated Robin

3

5+

Leopard Canyon, Vardenis Mts, Mt Aragats

Semi-collared Fly

1

2

Haghartsin Wood

Red-breasted Fly

1

2

Haghartsin Wood

Black Redstart

8

5+

Various

Common Redstart

2

2

Spitak, Sevan

Common Rock-Thrush

4

3

Pambak Mt, Vardenis Mts, Arpa, Mt Aragats

Blue Rock-Thrush

5

5

Garni, Ourts Mts, Noravank, Arpa, Meghri

Whinchat

5

10

Various

European Stonechat

2

1

Trchkan, Arpa Gorge

Siberian Stonechat

3

10+

Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts, Meghri

Northern Wheatear

6

10+

Various

Isabelline Wheatear

3

20+

Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts

E Black-eared Wheatear

8

20+

Various

Finsch’s Wheatear

2

10+

Vedi Hills

White-throated Dipper

1

2

Noravank

House Sparrow

13

50+

Various

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

6

6

Various

Rock Sparrow

5

4

Vedi Hills, Ourts Mts, Sevan, Meghri, Aragats,

Alpine Accentor

1

5

Mt Aragats

Radde’s Accentor

1

3

Mt Aragats

Dunnock

1

1

Sevan

Black-headed Wagtail

5

10

Sevan, Sisian, Armash

Grey Wagtail

2

2

Trchkan, Norovank

White Wagtail

12

6+

Various

Tree Pipit

7

5+

Various

Water Pipit

3

20+

Pambak Mt, Sisian, Mt Aragats

Common Chaffinch

5

2+

Haghartsin, Sevan, Vorotan

Hawfinch

2

2+

Haghartsin, Vorotan

Crimson-winged Finch

1

1

Ourts Mts

Common Rosefinch

13

50

Various

European Greenfinch

1

2

Vorotan

Twite

2

2

Sisian, Mt Aragats

Common Linnet

9

10+

Various

European Goldfinch

7

6+

Various

Red-fronted Serin

1

1

Vardenis Mts

Desert Finch

1

2

Vedi Hills

Corn Bunting

11

10+

Various

Rock Bunting

6

2

Garni, Vedi, Ourts, Pambak, Norovank, Meghri

Ortolan Bunting

3

6+

Garni, Ourts Mts, Mt Aragats

Black-headed Bunting

11

100+

various

 

Mammals Recorded: Bezoar Ibex, Red Fox

Herpetiles Recorded: Glass Lizard, Sand Lizard, Agama sp

Butterflies Recorded:

Queen of Spain Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Wall Brown, Small Heath, Clouded Yellow,

Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Wood White, Common Blue, Holly Blue,

Green-underwing Blue, Mazarine Blue, Brown Argus, Black-veined White, Marbled White,

Eastern Bath White, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper

 

 

Other participants: Barry Chambers, Steve Davis, Alan Dean, Graham Mant, John Ridley and Graham Woods



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