Rare birds missing on iNats

Ladies and gentlemen,

@scops @kattenkwaad @terrajanis @loggi @opisska @lucaboscain @drilvonen @axelgosseries

You are the top iNats birdwatchers of Armenia, thus you might be interested...

I've collected the list of rare species, which are present in Armenian checklists on eBirds, but have no observations in Armenia on iNats. Here is the table:

Latin name English name Russian name Status Last location on eBird
Anser erythropus Lesser White-fronted Goose Пискулька Red Book Norashen Reserve (2019)
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan Лебедь-кликун Red Book M10, Gegharkunik Province (40.423, 45.106), Gegark'unik' (2023)
Mareca penelope Eurasian Wigeon Свиязь Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Mergus serrator Red-breasted Merganser Средний крохаль Hayravank Monastery, Gegark'unik' (2019)
Phoenicopterus roseus Greater Flamingo Фламинго обыкновенный Red Book Masis - Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Podiceps grisegena Red-necked Grebe Серощёкая поганка Red Book AM-Armenia (40,5643,45,0139), Gegark'unik' (2017)
Crex crex Corn Crake Коростель Red Book Hors Conservation Area, Vajoc Dzor (39,86, 45,197), Vayoc Jor (2022)
Zapornia pusilla Baillon's Crake Погоныш-крошка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2019)
Pluvialis squatarola Black-bellied Plover Тулес Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Pluvialis apricaria European Golden Plover Золотистая ржанка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Anarhynchus leschenaultii Greater Sand-Plover Толстоклювый зуёк Red Book Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2016)
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew Большой кроншнеп Red Book Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2022)
Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit Малый веретенник Armash IBA, Ararat (2018)
Gallinago media Great Snipe Дупель Red Book Selim/Vardenyats Pass, Gegark'unik' (2023)
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone Камнешарка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Calidris falcinellus Broad-billed Sandpiper Грязовик Norashen (Նորաշեն) Reserve, Gegark'unik' (2023)
Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull Малая чайка Yerevanyan Lake, Erevan (18 Nov 2023)
Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Mediterranean Gull Черноголовая чайка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Larus fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull Клуша Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Accipiter badius Shikra Туркестанский тювик sevan national park, Gegark'unik' (2020)
Aegolius funereus Boreal Owl Мохноногий сыч Red Book Arthurs Aghveran Restort, Kotayk' (2022)
Dendrocopos leucotos White-backed Woodpecker Белоспинный дятел Lori Province (40.693, 44.771), Lorri (2014)
Falco vespertinus Red-footed Falcon Кобчик Red Book Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2022)
Lanius phoenicuroides Red-tailed Shrike Туркестанский жулан Gorayk, Syunik' (2019)
Hippolais icterina Icterine Warbler Зелёная пересмешка Armash Fish Ponds, Ararat (2023)
Locustella fluviatilis River Warbler Речной сверчок Norashen (Նորաշեն) Reserve, Gegark'unik' (2000)
Locustella naevia Common Grasshopper Warbler Обыкновенный сверчок Road to Zedea, Vayoc Jor (2022)
Regulus ignicapilla Common Firecrest Красноголовый королёк Dilijan NP - Haghartsin Monastery Area, Tavuš (2019)
Luscinia luscinia Thrush Nightingale Восточный соловей Dilijan City Park, Tavuš (2023)
Ficedula albicollis Collared Flycatcher Мухоловка-белошейка Kapan, Syunik' (2023)
Oenanthe deserti Desert Wheatear Пустынная каменка Goris- Thatev, Armenië, Syunik' (2018)
Bucanetes mongolicus Mongolian Finch Монгольский снегирь Red Book Vedi Hills, Ararat (2015)

I hope that may inspire you to find some of them and add iNats observations as well!

And here is the list of species, which are present in the Red Book of Armenia, but have no observation neither on eBird nor on iNats:

Пустынная куропатка Ammoperdix griseogularis
Казарка краснозобая Branta ruficollis
Кречетка Vanellus gregarius
Дрофа Otis tarda
Курдистанская каменка Oenanthe xanthoprymna
Султанка Porphyrio porphyrio
Гусь белолобый Anser albifrons
Обыкновенный турпан Melanitta fusca
Стрепет Tetrax tetrax

And this list is not that hopeless - some of these species where found not that long ago in nearby areas (e.g. Ammoperdix griseogularis).

Posted on November 30, 2023 08:03 AM by iburyl iburyl

Comments

Haha Armenia is really undercovered on iNat when I am among the top observers after a single week-long visit :)

Posted by opisska 3 months ago

You are the only one, who reported Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) so far and the first one who reported Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) here...

Posted by iburyl 3 months ago

Are there specific species that we shoulld search for in Tavush that you think are under-reported?

Posted by axelgosseries 3 months ago

From Tavush perspective, these are bird species listed in eBirds checklists absent from Armenia observations on iNats:

Greater Flamingo (Dilijan City Park, Sep 2023)
Mediterranean Gull (Tavush build site, 2015)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Dilijan NP, 2013)
White-backed Woodpecker (Dilijan NP, 2014)
Common Firecrest (Dilijan NP, 2019)
Thrush Nightingale (Dilijan City Park, Sep 2023)

Most footprints are rather old, but there are couple rather fresh as well)

Posted by iburyl 3 months ago

And I forgot Yellow-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus ) - there is only one unconfirmed observation on iNats. I think that Yellow-billed Chough should be realistic even in winter season.

Posted by iburyl 3 months ago

ok thanks!

Posted by axelgosseries 3 months ago

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