Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA) in cooperation with volunteers and enthusiasts from different fields, organized winter bird count in Yerevan Botanical garden.
Botanical garden is one of the largest green territories in Yerevan city with half-wild oases. There are several notable species of birds breeding there, such as Levant Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Long-eared Owl, Syrian Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Common Nightingale, Greenfinch etc. Food availability compels winter bird species to come down and stay in the garden during the winter.
The main goals of the winter bird count are:
to monitor bird species composition and abundance
to train volunteers and students in field data collection
to show our participants how interesting the birdwatching can be.
This count gives us an opportunity to record strictly wintering bird species such us Redwing, Fieldfare, Common Goldcrest, European Siskin, etc.
Participation in winter bird count is a good experience for beginners: “Bird Identification Training”’ (ACE) students, student-zoologists and enthusiasts, who are interested in birds. This gives them an opportunity to study linear bird count technique and to improve bird identification skills. Every year about 8-12 young people join our winter bird counts.
List of recorded bird species in Yerevan Botanical Garden (2005 – 2009)
1. Eurasian Sparrowhawk 2. Northern Goshawk 3. Common Buzzard 4. Common Kestrel 5. Common Woodpigeon 6. Rock Dove 7. Syrian Woodpecker 8. Middle Spotted Woodpecker 9. European Green Woodpecker 10. Dunnock 11. European Robin 12. Redwing 13. Mistle Thrush 14. Fieldfare 15. Common Blackbird 16. Common Goldcrest 17. Blue Tit 18. Great Tit
19. Eurasian Jay 20. Common Magpie 21. Western Jackdaw 22. Rook 23. Hooded Crow 24. Common Raven 25. House Sparrow 26. Eurasian Tree Sparrow 27. Common Chaffinch 28. European Greenfinch 29. European Goldfinch 30. European Siskin 31. Brambling 32. Common Linnet 33. Hawfinch 34. Yellowhammer 35. Rock Bunting