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Miksture 2014

BIRDING MONGOLIA - Birding with Miksture

16 June – 3 July 2014 DOWNLOAD PDF

Pallas's Reed Bunting Emberiza pallasi.

Dear Birdwatcher,

The very name Mongolia conjures images of a vast, remote and distant land; the land of Genghis Khan (Chingis Khaan) and the Mongol hordes. While Mongolia is certainly vast and much of it is remote, it is also home to an exciting array of poorly known and rarely observed birds that occur only here. As we traversed this vast land, we travelled on rarely used roads, and occasionally drove across steppe grasslands using GPS to navigate our way to exciting wetlands where no roads venture.

In Mongolia the nomadic lifestyle, even today is still the norm, a land of awesome landscapes, pro-fuse wildflowers and fantastic birdlife. Mongolia conjures up images of endless grasslands, the wastes of the Gobi Desert, yurts and wild horsemen. This is the land from whence came the hordes of Genghis Khan and his successors, newer less colorful history followed and today Mongolia is an unknown land, far away in the heart of Asia, about which one hears little.

Nomadic Family in Khangai High Mountain.

With its tiny population of only two and a half million scattered across a huge area, it is one of the least densely settled countries on earth – a true wilderness where most of the land is still the domain of wild creatures rather than man. Mongolia is the crossroads of East Asia. In the north is the southern edge of the Siberian taiga, in the center the seemingly endless steppe and in the south the sands of the Gobi Desert. Adding further diversity to this mixture are the mountains and a multiplicity of lakes and marshes.

Mongolia is one of the important breeding and stopover sites for Palearctic species. Breeding birds occur in many different habitats (from taiga forest through different steppes to Gobi desert including wetlands). Migratory birds pass through Mongolia from Siberian Taiga to wintering grounds. It means that you will have a unique opportunity to see not only breeding Palearctic species but also migratory species during both breeding and migration seasons. Untouched landscape and nomadic lifestyle give chance to discover a new species for the birds list of the country. The peaceful country and friendly field company attract many birdwatchers to Mongolia.

Flock of Swan Geese Anser cygnoides.

We started in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, where we watched Daurian Jackdaws and Pacific Swifts above the city. We soon left the city far behind as we ventured into Mongolia’s hinterland. First nights were spent in the Siberian taiga forest. Here in the cool broadleaf forest, the birds were different to those we later would encounter, with many woodland species typical of Siberia: Siberian Rubythroats dazzling us with their ruby-red throats. Pine Buntings wheeze from a tree-tops and, while Nutcrackers and thrushes called to attract our attention. The icing on the cake was the Black-billed Capercaillie.

Domestic camel.

We stayed in tourist ger (yurt) camps, (locally known as ‘gers’) for accommodation, and in some places, there were no accommodations, so we set up tents. Fortunately, accompanied throughout by our highly-experienced camp crew, who took care of all the camp chores, leaving us free to enjoy the wildlife. Great camping beside our personal lake, watching Relict and Great Black-headed Gulls cavorting along the shoreline. Everywhere good numbers of raptors: Breeding Steppe Eagles, Upland buzzards, and Saker falcons on small rock boulders, electric poles and pylons and feeding nestlings, and flock of Cinereous and Himalayan vultures feed on carrion on middle of steppe.

Eventually we returned to Ulaanbaatar.

Mongolian Accentor Prunella koslowi.

The wide range of habitats is reflected in an exciting avifauna which encompasses both Siberian and Central Asian species, including species unique to Mongolia and its immediate surroundings. Prime specialties include Oriental Plover, Asian Dowitcher, Black Capercaille, Swinhoe’s Snipe, Relict Gull, Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Mongolian Lark, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Red-throated Thrush, Chinese Bush Warbler, Azure Tit, Henderson’s Ground Jay, Saxaul Sparrow, Père David’s Snowfinch and Pine and Pallas’s Reed Buntings, while a rich supporting cast includes Swan Goose, Stejneger’s Scoter, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Upland Buzzard, Amur Falcon, Demoiselle and White-naped Cranes, Mongolian Gull, Hill Pigeon, Asian Short-toed Lark, Pale Martin, Blyth’s Pipit, Brown Accentor, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Eyebrowed Thrush, Thick-billed Warbler, White-crowned Pendu-line Tit, Steppe Grey Shrike, White-cheeked Starling, Mongolian Finch and Grey-necked Bunting.

Mongolian Ground-jay Podoces hendersoni.

Late spring and early summer is a delightful season when birds are in breeding plumage, and migrants are passing through on their way north. Marvelous birding and travel through wide open spaces with very few people make for a wonderful and never-to-be-forgotten experience. A real adventure in fact. This journey provided excellent birding in this great country.

This report solely reflects the species list.

Participants contributed with observations: Anders Grindlund, Per Undeland, Arne Holgersson, Per-Erik Pershagen, Stig Holmstedt, Birgit and Bernt Waldemarsson

Acknowledgement certainly goes to my Mongolian team. They accompanied us during the journey and are my friends.

Kind regards,

Michael Westerbjerg Andersen/Miksture, Bishkek 28.10.2014

Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlewskii.

Miksture.

All birders are welcome and on our travels there usually is a mixture of nationalities. Language is no problem. We speak English, French, German, Russian and Danish. Miksture provide information about travelling in the region and specific ornithological information. In 2015: Medio June and medio August (photographing tour) we go again to Mongolia. Our prices are reasonable for everyone. We have an excellent team by whom I have travelled and worked with for more years. Usually we arrange tours for 4-15 pax – best group’s size for birding is 5-10 participants; but we are flexible. Fair prices, good service, great food and great birding are keywords! Please contact me for further information. Programs can be studied on our website www.miksture.com and you are always welcome to contact me for further information and I welcome any remarks and dialogue.

Pictures: This report contains pictures photographed by Michael Westerbjerg Andersen and taken during MONGOLIA 2014. Pls respect copyright and direct message to the photographer if copies of the originals are wanted – I’m helpful towards such requests!

This birdwatching report is a brief summary of the species list and locations we visited during our Mongolia birding 16.06 – 03.07 2014, a quite successful tour ornithologically and logistic.

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis.

Day-to-day

16.06: Flight from Copenhagen/Stockholm to Ulaanbaatar via Istanbul and Bishkek

17.06: Arrival UB, birding in the outskirts of UB, then transfer to Terelj National Park with our private chatered vehicles.

18.06: Birding Terelj NP. O/N Ger Camp

19.06: Birding Terelj NP. O/N Ger Camp

20.06: Birding Terelj then transfer to Khustai NP via Ulaanbaatar. O/N Ger Camp

21.06: First part of the day birding Khustai NP – transfer to Lake Bayan Nuur. O/N tent camp

22.06: Morning Lake Bayan Nuur, then transfer to & birding Lake Ugii. O/N Ger Camp

23.06: Lake Ugii – Kharkorin and birding near the centre. O/N Ger Camp

24.06: Kharkorin – Tsetserleg - Tongarog Pass. O/N tent camp

25.06: Morning – birding Tongarog Pass, then transfer to campsite 75 km further S. O/N tent camp

26.06: Campsite - Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur. O/N tent camp

27.06: Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur -Orog Nuur. O/N tent camp

28.06: Orog Nuur (morning) - Igd Bogd Mnts. O/N tent camp

29.06: Ikh Bogd Mnts. O/N tent camp

30.06: Ikh Bogd – desert NE – campsite enroute to Arvaikheer. O/N tent camp

01.07: Campsite - Arvaikheer. O/N hotel

02.07: Arvaikheer - Ulaanbaatar. O/N hotel

03.07: Departure Mongolia.

Black Vulture Aegypius monachus and Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis.

Systematic List of the Birds

+ 1-10

++ 10-100

+++ 100+ more than hundred birds

Swan Goose Anser cygnoides

21.06 4 Lake Bayan Nuur, 22.06 1000+ Lake Ugii and 27.06 100+ and Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Greylag Goose Anser anser rubrirostris

21.06 6 Lake Bayan Nuur, 26.06 60+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur and 27.06 20Orog Nuur.

Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus

21.06 56 Lake Bayan Nuur, 22.06 8 Lake Ugii and 27 and 28.06 60+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

Seen six days with a total of 24 birds

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

Common - seen 16 days

Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna

Rather common - seen six days with a total of 85 birds

Gadwall Anas strepera

Seen six days with a total of 32 birds

Wigeon Anas penelope

Seen four days with a total of 70 birds

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Seen five days with a total of 250 birds

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Seen five days with a total of 80 birds

Northern Pintail Anas acuta

22.06 30+ Lake Bayan Nuur and 27.06 110+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Teal Anas crecca

21-22.06 100+ Lake Bayan Nuur, 22-23.06 30+ Lake Ugii and 26-27.06 10+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata

20.06 1 female and 1 male river SW of Ulaanbaatar

Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

21-22.06 10+ Lake Bayan Nuur and 23.06 3 Lake Ugii.

Common Pochard Aythya ferina

21-22.06 300+ Lake Bayan Nuur and 27.06 10+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula

21-22.06 20+ Lake Bayan Nuur and 26-27.06 10 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Asian White-winged Scoter Melanitta (fusca stejnegeri) deglandi

23.06 6 Lake Ugii.

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Seen six days with a total of 45 birds

Goosander Mergus merganser

Seen five days

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

24.06 + near Tongarog Pass.

Japanese Quail Coturnix japonica

21.06 2 heard at close range Khustai NP.

Chukar Alectoris chukar

29.06 20+ Igd Bogd Mnts and 30.06 + camp site enroute Arvaikheer.

Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus

24.06 3+ Tongarog Pass and 28-30.06 20+ Ikh Bogd Mnts.

Daurian Partridge Perdix dauurica

18.06 2 Terelj NP, 21.06 2 and 25.06 2 Tongarog Pass.

Black-billed Capercaillie Tetrao parvirostris

20.06 Terelj NP 1 female and 1 male seen.

Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus

25.06 1 calling Tongarog Pass.

Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

21-22.06 2 Lake Bayan Nuur and 23.06 2 Lake Ugii.

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

21-22.06 1 Lake Bayan Nuur, 22-23.06 5 Lake Ugii, 26-27.06 110 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur and 27-28.06 10Orog Nuur.

Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

21-22.06 10+ Lake Bayan Nuur.

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

22-23.06 50+ Lake Ugii, 26-27.06 900+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur and 28.06 4Orog Nuur.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Seen six days with a total of 145 birds

Great Egret Ardea alba

26-27.06 7 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia

21-22.06 85 Lake Bayan Nuur and 26-27.06 130 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Black Stork Ciconia nigra

Seen four days with a total of four birds

Black.eared Kite Milvus lineatus

Common - seen 14 days. Highest day count 02.07 27 Arvaikheer - Ulaanbaatar.

Pallas's Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus

22.06 3 imm. 2.y. Lake Ugii, 23.06 1 Lake Ugii and 26.06 1 2.y. Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla

22.06 3 2.y. Lake Bayan Nuur and 23.06 2 2.y. Lake Ugii.

Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus

25.06 3 (2 adults with one nestling) Tongarog Pass - campsite 75 km further S and 28-30.06 10+ Igd Bogd Mnts.

Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis

21.06 20+ Khustai NP, 24.06 3 Tsetserleg, 25.06 2 Tongarog Pass - campsite 75 km further S, 28-30.06 10+ Igd Bogd Mnts and 02.07 31 Arvaikheer - Ulaanbaatar.

Black Vulture Aegypius monachus

Common - seen 13 days. Highest number 02.07 110+ Arvaikheer - Ulaanbaatar.

Eastern Marsh-Harrier Circus spilonotus

21.06 one pair Lake Bayan Nuur.

Sparrow Hawk Accipiter nisus

Seen two days

Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

Seen two days

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus/japonicus

17-20.06 + Terelj National Park.

Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus

27.06 + Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur -Orog Nuur

Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius

Common - seen 14 days with a total of 82: 02.07 59 (highest number) Arvaikheer - Ulaanbaatar.

Golden Eagle Aquila Chrysaetos

Seen five days with a total of 9 birds.

Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus

Seen four days with a total of 7 birds.

Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni

21.06 + Khustai NP and 23.06 1 Lake Ugii – Kharkorin.

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Seen nine days with a total of 15 birds.

Amur Falcon Falco Amurensis

Seen five days with a total of 16 birds.

Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo

Seen three days with a total of 3 birds.

Saker Falcon Falco cherrug milvipes

Fairly common. Seen 12 days with a total of 35 birds.

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

22.06 one heard Lake Bayan Nuur

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

Seen four days

Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo

Common. Seen 11 days with a total of 192 birds. Highest number 24.06 75+ Tsetserleg - Tongarog Pass.

White-naped Crane Grus vipio

22.06 one pair Lake Bayan Nuur and 23.06 one pair Lake Ugii

Common Crane Grus grus

25.06 4 Tongarog Pass - campsite 75 km further S and 26.06 4 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur and 27.06 9 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Seen six days with a total of at least 120 birds

Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii

27.06 30+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur -Orog Nuur.

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

Seen five days with a total of 80 birds.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius

Seen ten days with a total of 32 birds.

Oriental Plover Charadrius veredus

30.06 one pair Ikh Bogd Mnts – Ölziit - desert NE – campsite enroute to Arvaikheer and 01.07 one male Campsite – Arvaikheer.

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

21-22.06 50+ Lake Bayan Nuur, 22.06 2 Lake Ugii and 27-28.06 20+Orog Nuur.

Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

21-22.06 100+ Lake Bayan Nuur, 22.06 2 Lake Ugii, 27.06 50+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur and 28.06 4Orog Nuur.

Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos

Seen six days with a total of 8 birds.

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus

21-22.06 7 Lake Bayan Nuur, 22.06 2 Lake Ugii and 26.06 1 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia

21-22.06 2 Lake Bayan Nuur and 26.06 1 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

21-22.06 25+ Lake Bayan Nuur.

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

Seen six days with a total of 16 birds.

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Seen three days with a total of 7 birds.

Common Redshank Tringa totanus

Seen five days with a total of 16 birds.

Curlew Numenius arquata

21-22.06 5+ Lake Bayan Nuur, 22.06 37 Lake Ugii and 27.06 1 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

21-22.06 3 Lake Bayan Nuur and 22-23.06 1 Lake Ugii.

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa Limosa

21-22.06 6 Lake Bayan Nuur and 22-23.06 1 Lake Ugii.

Little Stint Calidris minuta

22-23.06 1 Lake Ugii

Common Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus

Seen five days; common in Lake Bayan Nuur and Lake Buntsagaan.

Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus

21.06 1 Lake Bayan Nuur.

Relict Gull Larus relictus

26-27.06 1 ad. + 2 2.y. Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Pallas’s Gull Larus ichthyaetus

22-23.06 1 3.y. Lake Ugii and 26-27.06 100+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Mew Gull Larus canus heinei

26-27.06 1 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Mongolian Gull Larus mongolicus

Fairly common. Seen eight days with a total of 145 birds.

Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica

Seen six days with a total of 45 birds.

Caspian Tern Sterna caspia

22-23.06 2 Lake Ugii, 26-27.06 40+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur, 27.06 7 Orog Nuur and 30.06 1 Igd Bogd Mnts – desert NE – campsite enroute to Arvaikheer.

White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus

Seen six days with a total of 170 birds.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo longipennis

Seen nine days.

Pallas's Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxus

22.06 1 Lake Ugii and 27.06 400+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur -Orog Nuur.

Rock Pigeon Columba livia nigricans

Seen nine days

Hill Pigeon Columba rupestris

Seen four days 17-20-06 in Terelj NP with a total of 15 birds.

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Seen three days with a total of 4 birds.

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Seen or heard 12 days.

Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus

Seen or heard five days, mainly in Terelj NP.

Eagle Owl Bubo Bubo

25.06 1 seen Tongarog Pass - campsite 75 km further S and 28.06- 30.06 2 heard Igd Bogd Mnts.

Little Owl Athene noctua orientalis

Seen five days with a total of 10 birds.

Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus

27.06 2 displaying males heard Orog Nuur.

Common Swift Apus apus pekinensis

Seen nine days, mainly in the south.

Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus

Seen 11 days.

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

Seen or heard 11 days with a total of 21 birds.

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

18-20.06 2 seen and heard Terelj NP.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor

17-20.06 1 pair Terelj NP.

White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos

19.06 one pair feeding a pull. Terelj NP and 21.06 1 Khustai NP.

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

Seen or heard three days with a total of 6 birds.

Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius

18-20.06 in total 5 birds Terelj NP.

Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus

19.06 one pair with nest + 2 Terelj NP.

Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus

Seen four days in or around Ikh Bogd Mtns with a total of six birds.

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus

19.06 2 Terelj NP.

Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris

27.06 1 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur -Orog Nuur.

Magpie Pica pica

Seen ten days.

Mongolian Ground-Jay Podoces hendersoni

27.06 4 Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur - Orog Nuur and 27-28.06 2 Orog Nuur.

Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes macrorhynchos

17-20.06 6+ Terelj National Park.

Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax brachipus

Common - seen 14 days.

Daurian Jackdaw Corvus dauuricus

Common in the north - seen seven days.

Rook Corvus frugilegus

Near Ulaanbaatar one colony

Carrion Crow Corvus corone orientalis

Common in the north - seen eight days.

Common Raven Corvus corax

Common - seen 14 days.

Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus russicus

21.06 + Bayan Nuur.

Mongolian Lark Melanocorypha mongolica

Common in steppe areas - seen 12 days.

Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla longipennis

21-22.06 + Lake Bayan Nuur, and at few other places e.g. Khustai; big discussions among the birders whether this species were present or not…of course it were!

Asian Short-toed Lark Calandrella cheleensis

Common in many steppe areas - seen nine days.

Crested Lark Galerida cristata

27.06 + Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur -Orog Nuur and 28.06 Orog Nuur.

Sky Lark Alauda arvensis kiborti

Fairly common in meadows close to lakes - seen seven days.

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris brandti

Common in dry steppes - seen ten days.

Sand Martin Riparia riparia

Common - seen six days.

Eurasian Crag Martin Hirundo fuligula

Seen six days.

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica tytleri

Common in most areas - seen ten days

Northern House-Martin Delichon urbica

Common in most areas - seen ten days.

Marsh Tit Poecile palustris

17-20.06 + Terelj National Park

Willow Tit Poecile montanus

17-20.0615+ Terelj National Park and 25.06 ++ Tongarog Pass.

Coal Tit Periparus ater

17-20.06 25+ Terelj National Park

Great (Mongolian) Tit Parus major

Apparently own species in Mongolia nowadays? Terelj NP fairly common.

Azure Tit Cyanistes cyanus

20.06 2park-like area SW Ulaanbaatar.

Nuthatch Sitta europaea asiatica

17-20.06 ++ Terelj National Park and 25.06 2 Tongarog Pass

White-crowned Penduline-Tit Remiz coronatus

17.06 one pair with nest, River forest in the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar.

Chinese Bush-Warbler Bradypterus tacsanowskius

17-20.06 3+ Terelj National Park.

Pallas’s Grashopper Warbler Locustella certhiola

21.06 minimum 2 sg. Bayan Nuur.

Oriental Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis

21-22.06 + singing Lake Bayan Nuur.

Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis

17-20.06 + Terelj National Park and 26.06 + Campsite - Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur.

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus

20.06 2 Terelj NP.

Sulphur-bellied Warbler Phylloscopus griseolus

28.06 2Orog Nuur - Igd Bogd Mnts and 29.06 5+ Igd Bogd Mnts

Pallas´s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus

17-20.06 common in the higher altitudes, Terelj National Park.

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus

17-20.06 common at lower altiutdes in Terelj National Park

Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei

24-25.06 6 Tongorog Pass

Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

18.06 1 sg. (briefly) Terelj NP.

Two-barred Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides plumbeitarsus

17-20.06 5 Terelj National Park

Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana

27.06 10+ Lake Boon Tsagaan Nuur -Orog Nuur.

Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis rubicola

21.06 5 Khustai NP and 25.06 1 Tongarog Pass

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca blythi

17-20.06 2 Terelj National Park.

Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria merzbacheri

28-30.06 5+ Ikh Bogd Mnts

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata mongolia

25.06 1 Tongarog Pass - campsite 75 km further S

Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica

19.06 4 Terelj NP

Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla

17-20.06 10+ Terelj National Park

Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope

17-20.06 2 Terelj National Park.

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus

17-20.06 10+ Terelj National Park.

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Seen seven days, mainly in the south.

Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus

17-20.06 5 Terelj National Park.

Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus

17-20.06 10+ Terelj National Park.

Rufous-backed Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus

25.06 2 Tongarog Pass.

Northern Wheatear Oenanhte oenanthe

Common - seen 15 days.

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka

Seen nine days. Two birds of the white-throated form Vittata in the Ikh Bogd Mtns.

Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti atrogularis

Seen two days in the semideserts in the south with total of 10+ birds.

Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

Common - seen 14 days.

Eastern Stonechat Saxicola maurus

Near Tongorog Pass Two pairs.

Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush Monticola saxatilis

Seen seven days in the mountains in the south with a total of 40 birds.

Eye-browed Thrush Turdus obscurus

17-20.06 3 Terelj National Park.

Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis

17-20.06 5+ Terelj National Park, 22.06 2 Lake Bayan Nuur - Lake Ugii and 24-25.06 6 Tongarog Pass.

Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris poltaratsky

22-23.06 100+ near Lake Ugii.

White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus

20.06 2 near Ulaanbaatar.

Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens

Seen six days in mountains or rocky areas in the south with a total of 23 birds.

Mongolian Accentor Prunella koslowi

28-29.06 3 Ikh Bogd Mnts.

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava macronyx

21-22.06 5+ Lake Bayan Nuur.

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola

Seen six days with a total of 19 birds.

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Seen seven days with a total of 16 birds.

White Wagtail Motacilla alba baicalensis

Common - seen 12 days.

Richard´s Pipit Anthus richardi

22.06 1 Lake Bayan Nuur - Lake Ugii.

Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlewskii

Common in steppe areas - seen 10 days.

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

25.06 5 Tongarog Pass.

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

17-20.06 ++ Terelj National Park.

Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta blakistoni

24-25.06 5+ Tongarog Pass.

Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos

Seen or heard seven days, mainly in Terelj NP.

Godlewski's Bunting Emberiza godlewskii

28-30.06 5+ Ikh Bogd Mnts.

Meadow Bunting Emberiza cioides

21.06 5+ Khustai NP.

Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana

25.06 3 Tongarog Pass - campsite 75 km further S.

Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani

Seen or heard five days with a total of 9 birds.

Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala

20.06 + Terelj NP.

Pallas’s Reed Bunting Emberiza pallasi

Seen or heard five days with a total of 9 birds.

Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

21-22.06 3 Lake Bayan Nuur.

Long-tailed Rosefinch Uragus sibiricus

19.06 1 male Terelj NP.

Common Rose Finch Carpodacus erythrinus

Common - seen or heard seven days.

Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

17-20.06 small flocks heard here & there Terelj National Park.

Twite Carduelis flavirostris

Seen five days with a total of 22 birds.

Mongolian Finch Bucanetes mongolicus

Seen three days with a total of 8 birds.

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Common - seen 12 days.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Common - seen 14 days

Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia

Common in rocky areas - seen ten days.

White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis

28-30.06 10 Ikh Bogd Mnts.

Pere David's Snowfinch Montifringilla davidiana

Seen six days in steppe areas with ca. 20 birds.