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North Ossetia, july 2022

2022-07-25| Michael Nevski

A trip for 4 days to Ossetia. Steppe and mountains.

Thursday, July 14. The time we arrived to Vladikavkaz the rain started and continued to the night. Though I was going to go to Chmi, I should walk in the town in order not to stay at hotel.

Friday. Trip to Balta and Chmi. As buses don't go there in suitable time for me, I arrived there by taxi. At first, and after that to Chmi. In Balta, I walked to meadow, forest and Terek floodplain asking Dmitry about birds that can be met. I hadn't much time for Chmi, and there is a long way to rock martin, so more interesting place was just undiscovered...

Saturday and sunday. Went to Cey walley, near Abaytikau. There is a nice pine forest, and higher alpine meadow. Possible to get to Aday-hoh by cable car, after that going on foot higher till the altitude of 2500 meters. On Sunday evening we went back to airport.

Great thanks to Dmitry for answers about where, when and which birds can be met.

1. View to the meadow from Balta, to Vladikavkaz.

2. Terek. In left side foothill of Ingush mountain Myat-lom, in right side Ossetian Arau-hoh.

3. Chmi. View to Malchechkort mountain.

4. Above this old bridge across Suargom river there is nest of rock martins.

5. Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). Balta.

6. Rock martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris). Chmi.

7. View to Aday-hoh from its foothill.

8. Fog rising to mountains in evening...

9. Seen ring ouzel some times in the walley.

10. Caucasian chiffchaff is a subspecies of mountain chiffchaff according to several studies.

11. View to Cey walley from Abaytikau. Some snowy mountains: Aday-hoh, Wilpata, Songuti, Ceyahoh...

12. Rhododendron blossoms in alpine clearing...

# species number

1Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)1

2Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)1Видел с канатной дороги, поэтому без фото...

3Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)2

4Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)1

5Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus)1по голосу, однако я не сразу понял, кому он принадлежал...

6Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)1р. Ардон

7Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)1

8Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)25

9Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)19

10Common Swift (Apus apus)

11Eurasian Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)10

12Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius)1

13Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

14Northern House Martin (Delichon urbica)75

15Eurasian Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris)7р. Суаргом и Ардон

16Wood Lark (Lullula arborea)2

17Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)

18Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)1

19White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

20Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)массово

21Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)2

22Black-Billed Magpie (Pica pica)1

23Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)1

24Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)3

25Caucasian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus lorenzii)8

26Green Leaf-Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)31

27Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)2

28Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)4

29Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)1

30Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)1

31Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)2

32Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)2

33Eurasian Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)10

34Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)1

35European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)1

36Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)1

37Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)3

38Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)18

39Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)1

40Coal Tit (Parus ater)2

41Great Tit (Parus major)1

42Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)4

43Common Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)1

44House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

45Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)1

46Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

47Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)13

48European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)

49Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus)

50Eurasian Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

51Eurasian Linnet (Acanthis cannabina)1

52Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus)

53Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)1

54Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)2

2022-07-25. Дмитрий Шевцов:

Михаил, не за что. Обращайтесь еще.
P.s. Хотелось бы конечно на соловья взглянуть.

2022-07-26. Михаил Невский:

Дмитрий, отправлю вам. Забыл совсем про него, когда список составлял.

2022-07-28. Сергей Л. Волков:

Спасибо, Михаил. Хоть и коротенько побывали, а все же птицы там интересные для северных людей.
У 2 снимка поправьте, пожалуйста, описание.

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