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  The report of Iranian Birding Club’s events on the occasion of the “World Migratory Bird Day” 2018

The report of Iranian Birding Club’s events on the occasion of the “World Migratory Bird Day” 2018

Event No. 1: Birding in Salehiyeh Wetlands for World Migratory Bird Day

Time and Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 from 8 AM to 1:45 PM.

Place: Alborz Province, Nazar Abad City, Salehiyeh Wetlands

Guide: Mr. Ali Haji Abadi

BIrding in Salehieh


Event’s report:

As we had planned, we all gathered at entrance of the Salehiyeh Wetland at 8 AM. After having our breakfast in a green and beautiful site, we talked a little about migratory birds and headed to the wetlands. At the first barrage, some birds were feeding, so we began to observe and identify the one by one.  Then, next to the old bridge of wetland which is named Persepolis, we took a group photo and went to the main wetlands. The number and variety of the birds were eye-catching and joyful. Also, beside the main wetlands, we could record very beautiful and valuable species like Icterine Warbler, Red-crested Pochard, Greylag Goose, Northern Lapwing, Flamingo and some other species. At first, the event was scheduled to be finished at 11 AM. But the variety and good number of the birds extended the event to 1:45 PM. In this event, we observed the courtship display of a couple of Whinchats, as the male whinchat hunted an insect and gave it to the female whinchat to attract her. The female whinchat held the insect in her bill, and then ate it to show her interest in the male whinchat.

Finally, a beautiful and agile Eurasian Hobby came to the wetlands to hunt dragonflies. Its maneuver and successive dive and eating the dragonfly in the air, made a wonderful scene for us. We said goodbyes at 1:45 AM and another unforgettable memory with our friends engraved in our minds.

List of recorded species:

  1. Greylag Goose Anser anser
  2. Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
  3. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  4. Garganey Anas querquedula
  5. Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina
  6. Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus
  7. Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
  8. Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
  9. Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  10. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  11. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
  12. Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
  13. Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
  14. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
  15. Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
  16. Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
  17. Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
  18. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
  19. Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
  20. Common Redshank Tringa totanus
  21. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
  22. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
  23. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
  24. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  25. Sanderling Calidris alba
  26. Little Stint Calidris minuta
  27. Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
  28. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  29. Ruff Philomachus pugnax
  30. Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
  31. Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus (Larus) genei
  32. Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus (Larus) ridibundus
  33. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  34. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
  35. White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
  36. Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis
  37. Rock Dove Columba livia
  38. Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
  39. Laughing Dove Spilopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis
  40. Common Swift Apus apus
  41. European Roller Coracias garrulus
  42. European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
  43. Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
  44. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
  45. Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
  46. Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
  47. Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
  48. Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
  49. Rook Corvus frugilegus
  50. Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
  51. Crested Lark Galerida cristata
  52. Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra
  53. Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala (Calandrella) rufescens
  54. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  55. Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
  56. Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus
  57. Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris
  58. Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina
  59. Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  60. Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
  61. Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
  62. Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
  63. Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
  64. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  65. Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
  66. Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
  67. White Wagtail Motacilla alba
  68. Corn Bunting Emberiza (Miliaria) calandra
  69. Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala


Event No. 2: Birdwatching tour in Tehran City Park (Park-e-Shahr)

Time and Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2018 from 8 AM to 10 AM.

Place: Tehran, City Park

Guide: Mrs. Sara Arab

Birding in CIty Park

Event No. 3: Theoretical and practical birding training in cooperation with Tabiat Institute

Time and Date: Theoretical class on May, 10th from 8 AM to 13:30 AM and practical class on May, 11th from 8:30 AM to 11 AM.

Place: Tabiat Institute and Tehran City Park

Instructor and guide: Mr. Seyyed Hamed Moosavi



Event No. 4: birdwatching in Karaj Fateh Garden in cooperation with International Environment Trust

Time and Date: Alborz Province, Karaj, Fateh Park from 8 AM to 10 AM

Guide: Mr. Ramin Mohammad Zereh Nasi

Birding in Fateh Park

Event No. 5: Birdwatching at Qanbar Abad Wetland

Time and Date: Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 6 AM to 11:30 AM

Place: Tehran Province, Varamin, Qanbar Abad Wetland

Guide: Ms. Shahrzad Fattahi

Birding in Ghanbarabad

Event’s report:

The “World Migratory Bird Day” on May 10th is an international event that has a great importance because of the scope of global activities. Observing birds is one of the pleasant hobbies which is more fun when it happens with a group of friends.

The presence of birdwatchers aiming to observe birds in their natural environment and enjoy the beauties of the birds can be relaxing and strengthening our relationship with environment that can cause more respect for environment and preserve the wildlife without damaging it.

As Friday is the weekend in Iran, this year the birdwatching event at Qanbar Abad Wetland was scheduled to be on Friday, May 11th, so that more people could join us. With cooperation and public announcement of Iranian Birding Club, interested people honored this day and recorded 50 species including European Honey-buzzard, Little Owl, Flamingo, Phalarope, Curlew Sandpiper, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, and Great Crested Grebe. This event started at 6 AM and ended at 11:30 AM on Friday.

  1. Garganey Anas querquedula
  2. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  4. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  5. Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
  6. Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus
  7. Great Egret Ardea (Casmerodius) alba
  8. European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus
  9. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus
  10. Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
  11. Eurasian Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  12. Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
  13. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
  14. White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus
  15. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
  16. Ruff Philomachus pugnax
  17. Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
  18. Sanderling Calidris alba
  19. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  20. Little Stint Calidris minuta
  21. Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
  22. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
  23. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
  24. Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
  25. Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
  26. White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
  27. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
  28. Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis
  29. Rock Dove Columba livia
  30. Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  31. Laughing Dove Spilopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis
  32. Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
  33. Little Owl Athene noctua
  34. Common Swift Apus apus
  35. Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
  36. European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
  37. European Roller Coracias garrulus
  38. Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
  39. Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
  40. Crested Lark Galerida cristata
  41. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  42. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  43. Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
  44. Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
  45. Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas (Erythropygia) galactotes
  46. Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva
  47. Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
  48. Corn Bunting Emberiza (Miliaria) calandra
  49. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  50. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea


Translated by: Mitra Daneshvar

تاریخ ارسال: 9/17/2019