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Friday 7th May - Thursday 20th May 2010

Nigel Redman

Our tour to Georgia and Armenia encompassed the full range of altitudes and habitats of the Caucasian region, from lowland marshes in the Armash region to snowfields in the high Caucasus. This year our list included no fewer than 20 species of raptors, 22 thrushes and chats, and 20 warblers, as well as all the Caucasian specialities: Caucasian Snowcock, Caucasian Grouse, Green Warbler, Caucasian Chiffchaff and Caucasian Rosefinch. We also found several sought-after species whose ranges only just creep into the Western Palearctic, such as White-tailed Lapwing, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Rufous-tailed Wheatear and Grey-necked Bunting. Other specialities included Pygmy Cormorant, Marbled and White-headed Ducks, Lammergeier, Levant Sparrowhawk, Caspian Snowcock, Armenian Gull, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Radde’s Accentor, White-throated Robin, Finsch’s Wheatear, Paddyfield, Upcher’s, Ménétries’s and Eastern Orphean Warblers, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Sombre Tit, Western and Eastern Rock Nuthatches, and Red-fronted Serin.