Winter Bird Monitoring

Winter Bird Count 2005 - present (conducted annually)

  • Acopian Center for the Environment (ACE)

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