Mongolia

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July 2014
In May/June 2013 I accompanied a small group consisting of three
experienced field ornithologists and bird ringers from Mongolia, Germany
and the UK plus a driver and a cook from Ulaanbaatar for a short expedition
through western central-mongolia.

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Erdenesant

PFR07717-1, 2-10, 130522, Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla, excitement call,
Erdenesant, Mongolia

PFR07773, 2-10, 130523 Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia brevirostris, song,
Eerdenesant, Mongolia

PFR07740, 2-10, 130523, Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis, song flight,
Erdenesant, Mongolia

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Ider Gol

PFR09452, 2-10, 130607, Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla, song,
Tsetserleg, Mongolia

PFR09390, 2-10, 130605, Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope, song,
Terkiin Tsagaan Nuur, Mongolia

PFR09385, 2-10, 130605, Two-barred Warbler Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus, song,
Terkiin Tsagaan Nuur, Mongolia

PFR07841-1, 3-01, 130525, Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis, song,
Ider Gol, Mongolia

The aim of our expedition was to band individuals of two Mongolian Gull
Larus mongolicus
colonies and to collect sound recordings from as much
bird species as possible.

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Telmen Nuur
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Brandt’s Horned Lark Eremopholia brandtii
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Mongolian Gulls Larus mongolicus
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Bayankhongorijn Khukh Nuur

Our main (bioacoustic) interest obtained to following rare(r) species:
Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus
Hodgons Bushchat Saxicola insignis
(Sushkins) Asian Rosy Finch Leucosticticte arctoa sushkini
In addition we planned to make sex related sound recordings of Mongolian
Gulls alongside the banding process.

PFR09002, 3-11, 130528, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe, song, song flight,
Telmen Nuur, Mongolia

PFR09346, 2-10, 130604, Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens dahurica, song,
Bayankhongorijn Khukh Nuur, Mongolia

PFR09529, 2-10, 130608, Common Tern Sterna hirundo minussensis, scolding,
Ogi Nuur, Mongolia

PFR09587, 2-10, 130609, Asian short-toed Lark Calandrella cheleensis, ground display,
Tsagaan Nuur, Mongolia

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Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus
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Asian Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax centralis
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Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus
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Sushkin’s Asian Rosy Finch Leucosticte arctoa sushkini
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Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxicola

All of these missions greatly succeeded. I recorded vocalisations of 109
bird and four rodent species
.

PFR09574, 2-10, 130610, Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola aureola, song,
UB ponds, Mongolia

PFR09565, 2-10, 130610, Rook Corvus frugilegus pastinator, colony,
Songino Khairkan Uul below, Mongolia

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village
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Saker falcon Falco cherrug
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Ider Gol
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Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis with Bearded Vultures Gypaetus barbatus
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nomad kids
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landfill
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Common House Martin Delichon urbicum ssp colony
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Qara Qorum
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Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus
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Ogi Nuur

For a complete diary and more pictures please visit  Andreas Buchheim’s
and Axel Bräunlich’s Birding Mongolia blog:

part I, part II, part III, part IV, part V, part VI

More sound recordings from the trip are available here: Xeno-Canto.