11 APR 2007, Khovd - A. Braunlich
A light shower yesterday afternoon was the first rain in Khovd since last autumn. Today it was rather warm (15˚C) and the first green grass emerged (at least 1 mm visible!). A very early Turkestan Shrike Lanius (isabellinus) phoenicuroides rested behind the stadium (last year’s first observation was on May, 10th!). Other notable sightings of migrants included 9 Black Redstarts (of the red-bellied ssp. Phoenicurus ochruros phoenicuroides), 5 (incl. 2 sing.) Siberian Chiffchaffs, 23 Black-throated Thrushes, one hybrid Black-throated x Red-throated Thrush, and a flock of 8 Bramblings.
Hill Pigeon. Photo © A. Braunlich