Armenia Birding Tours
Our birding tour to Armenia visits the sacred Mount Aragats. Here we shall be on the look-out for Semi-collared Flycatcher, Radde’s Accentor and Eurasian Crimson-winged Finch before taking in the scenic Amberd Fortress built in the 11th century. We make a stop at the Armash fish ponds to search for three rare and elusive species, Marbled and White-headed Duck alongside White-tailed Lapwing before moving into the dry Vedi Hills to target Grey-necked Bunting, Finsch’s Wheatear, Eastern Rock Nuthatch and Trumpeter Finch. We end our day at another cultural highlight, the Noravank Monastry located with the narrow gorge cut by the Amaghu River.
Our last site on this Armenian birding tour is Meghri, in the deep south of Armenia near the Iranian border. Of prime interest here are the few pairs of Red-tailed Wheatear, a species mostly restricted to Iran. Using 4×4 vehicles, we shall also ascend a high pass to search for what may end up being the bird of the tour, Caspian Snowcock. The high altitude also supports Bearded Vulture, Ring Ouzel, Red-fronted Serin and White-winged Snowfinch.