30 MAR 2007, Khovd - K. & A. Braunlich
Mongolian spring… A strong wind was blowing throughout the week, culminating in a fierce dust storm on 29th (resulting in a power failure in town for most of the day). After the storm the temperature dropped to minus 12˚C last night. Today it was still quite windy. Most of the few birds which must have arrived by now were probably hiding invisible in high grass and bushes. However, a short late afternoon walk produced two Fieldfares, one Black-throated and one Red-throated Thrush, 7 Cinereous Vultures, 1 Long-legged Buzzard (species no. 194 for Khovd since late October 2005), flocks of 8 and 9 Lapland Buntings, a group of 18 Black-eared Kites, and the first three Common Chaffinches this spring.
Long-legged Buzzard. Photo © A. Braunlich