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International Bird Day. Photo: H. Ter-Voskanyan

Over 60 members joined us on birding in Armash Wetlands to celebrate the International Birds' Day.

Over 60 members joined us on birding in Armash Wetlands to celebrate the International Birds' Day.

The International Bird Day is officially celebrated on April 1. It is an annual event timed to the return of birds from places of wintering. First time it took place in the American town of Oil City in 1894, and now many other countries follow that tradition. We spent the Day in Armash Wetlands, watching, which birds already arribed Armenia, and which ones are passing the country moving further north.  

The International Bird Day is officially celebrated on April 1. It is an annual event timed to the return of birds from places of wintering. First time it took place in the American town of Oil City in 1894, and now many other countries follow that tradition. We spent the Day in Armash Wetlands, watching, which birds already arribed Armenia, and which ones are passing the country moving further north.

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Spoonbill. Photo: J. Henwood

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Members at birding. Photo: A. Khachatryan

Spoonbill. Photo: J. Henwood

Members at birding. Photo: A. Khachatryan

With 2018 we started regular celebration of the International Bird Day. We have organized the expedition to Armash Wetlands and more than 60 members joined the trip. Many of our members are newcomers and do not have the binoculars yet, so we provided part of the optical equipment. It was really interesting to see the reaction of the people, who first time went out for birding. They were feeling like being inside a Wildlife TV Program, exploring the world of the wild birds.

With 2018 we started regular celebration of the International Bird Day. We have organized the expedition to Armash Wetlands and more than 60 members joined the trip. Many of our members are newcomers and do not have the binoculars yet, so we provided part of the optical equipment. It was really interesting to see the reaction of the people, who first time went out for birding. They were feeling like being inside a Wildlife TV Program, exploring the world of the wild birds.

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Armash wetlands. Photo: K. Aghababyan

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Spur-winged Plover. Photo: M. Scott

Armash wetlands. Photo: K. Aghababyan

Spur-winged Plover. Photo: M. Scott

During the trip we observed over 60 species, including nice Spoonbills and Glossy Ibises, and rare White-tailed and Spur-winged Lapwings. First seasonal record of Savii’s Warbler was made. We also observed fantastic migration of waders, including Ruffs partly in breeding plumage, endangered Black-tailed Godweets, and even one Eurasian Curley. 

 

The event was very successful as allows to explore the world of the wild birds to lot of new people. Also it was great, because we have observed large scale migration of common waterbirds and also some rare species. We definitely are going to mark this into our annual plans.

 

By Anush Khachatryan,  April 2018.

During the trip we observed over 60 species, including nice Spoonbills and Glossy Ibises, and rare White-tailed and Spur-winged Lapwings. First seasonal record of Savii’s Warbler was made. We also observed fantastic migration of waders, including Ruffs partly in breeding plumage, endangered Black-tailed Godweets, and even one Eurasian Curley. 

 

The event was very successful as allows to explore the world of the wild birds to lot of new people. Also it was great, because we have observed large scale migration of common waterbirds and also some rare species. We definitely are going to mark this into our annual plans.

 

By Anush Khachatryan,  April 2018.

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