Spring Birding in Georgia A Wonderful Mix Of Exciting Birds

Friday 16th - Tuesday 27th April 2021

Join us on this exciting small-group tour, just three places left!



 

For more information
please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

 


High on our most wanted list - Great Rosefinch photo by Steve Culley.



Join us on this exciting birding trip to the relatively undiscovered country of Georgia, with stunning views and picturesque landscapes of alpine, steppe and semi-desert wildlife hotspots. Amongst the many birding highlights of this special trip we will enjoy amazing raptor migration and look for specialist Caucasus species in this dramatic country. We will also take in some of the country’s historical monuments which make great birding locations and we enjoy Georgia’s delicious traditional food and wine along the way. We will have plenty of time to explore Tbilisi the capital city, a friendly, beautiful historic place. If people would like more time to explore the city extra nights can easily be added at the start or end of the trip. Truly an unforgettable trip with an exciting list of birds!

Here are just some of the amazing species we will be looking for during our Birdwatching Trips Tour in Georgia….

We begin our tour in stunning mountains looking for Green Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher and perhaps Semi-collared Flycatcher.

As we move higher we search for Twite, Shore Lark of the race penicillata race, White-winged Snowfinch, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Lammergeier, Steppe Buzzards.


Guldenstadt's Redstart, photo by Alex Rukhaia



Our main target birds in the afternoon will be the most wanted Güldenstädt’s Redstart and Great Rosefinch in their only location in the Western Palearctic.

Next morning two more of the most wanted species will be our main targets - Caucasian Black Grouse and Caucasian Snowcock. We also hope to see Wallcreeper, Red-billed and Alpine Chough, Ring Ouzel, Alpine Accentor, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Red-fronted Serin in this spectacular area.

We have plenty of time here to ensure we have the best chances of seeing the special birds here. We will look out for Caucasian Chiffchaff, Red-throated Pipits, Bluethroat, Barred Warbler, Wryneck, Yellow Wagtails, Scops Owl, Collared and Semi-Collared Flycatchers.

Raptor passage could include Steppe Buzzard, Black Kite, Montagu’s, Pallid and Marsh Harriers, with a chance of Steppe, Lesser Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagle.

Moving on we have the chance to look for Black Woodpecker, Armenian Gulls, White-winged Tern and Black-necked Grebe.

A change of habitat will bring huge numbers of new birds! Eastern Imperial, Steppe, Lesser Spotted and Booted Eagles, Long-legged Buzzard, Egyptian, Black and Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Short-toed Eagle, Saker Falcon, Chukars, Black Francolins, Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Roller, Crag Martins.

Grassy steppes are home to Little Bustrad, Isabelline Wheatear, Crested, Short-toed and Calandra Larks, possibly Lesser Short-toed Lark. Nearby Western Rock Nuthatch, Blue Rock Thrush, Pied and Black-eared Wheatears, Black-headed and Ortolan Buntings, and Spanish and Rock Sparrows. Ménétries’s Warbler are common. Eastern Orphean Warbler and Rose-coloured Starlings may have arrived.

What a fantastic array of very special birds await in Georgia! We would love you to join us for this very exciting Birdwatching Trip.


Wallcreeper, high on our most-wanted list!



This tour starts and ends in Tbilisi International Airport.

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday 16th April 2021


Arrive in Tbilisi

Day 2: Saturday 17th April 2021


Tbilisi to Kazbegi Mountain


Not only amazing birds, stunning scenery too!



Day 3: Sunday 18th April 2021


Kazbegi and Greater Caucasus Mountains

Day 4: Monday 19th April 2021


Kazbegi and Greater Caucasus Mountains

Day 5: Tuesday 20th April 2021


Kazbegi back to Tbilisi

Day 6: Wednesday 21st April 2021


Tbilisi to Signagi

Day 7: Thursday 22nd April 2021


Chachuna Reserve

Day 8: Friday 23rd April 2021


Vashlovani National Park

Day 9: Saturday 24th April 2021


After breakfast we drive to Kumisi Lake, for more looks at wildfowl and to mop up any species we may have missed. In the afternoon Shiraki Agro Fields and Eagle Canyon

Day 10: Sunday 25th April 2021


David Gareji Monastery to Tbilisi

Day 11: Monday 26th April 2021


Sightseeing in Tbilisi

Day 12: Tuesday 27th April 2021[h3] Tour ends, transfer to the Tbilisi International Airport


Eastern Black Redstart, one of so many colourful photogenic birds on this tour



General Information

Accommodation – comfortable hotels throughout; single, twin and double rooms available

Meals – mainly tasty traditional Georgian food; vegan and vegetarian options can be arranged; drinking water will be provided throughout; tea/coffee and snacks will be provided during the tour

Transport – comfortable air-conditioned minibus for most of the tour; 4x4 vehicles will be used where necessary

Walking conditions – generally easy, one steep uphill hike involved

Guiding – at least one Birdwatching Trips guide and an expert English-speaking local guide throughout

Group sizemaximum seven guests plus a minimum of two guides, please note that many other tour companies take much larger groups on this trip

Weather – in the mountainous area, temperatures can fall as low as 0°C overnight so evenings and early mornings will be cool, though temperatures will rise during the day; in lowland areas, temperatures are likely to be around 25°C

What is included in the price:


  • Accommodation
  • Meals: (breakfast, lunch, evening meal) from evening meal on Day 1 through to breakfast on Day 12, also water, coffee and tea
  • Transportation: airport transfers at the beginning/end of the trip and throughout the tour in a comfortable minibus or 4x4 vehicles where necessary
  • Guiding: at least two English-speaking professional guides throughout the trip
  • All entry permits to national parks and sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Checklists and tour information
  • Use of our field guides and telescopes

What is not included in the price:


  • Additional snacks and alcoholic drinks
  • International flights to Georgia
  • Additional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and health insurance

Tour price


The price of this tour is £2,265* per person sharing a twin/double room. Sorry but we do have to pass on the single room supplement of £250* for anyone wanting an individual room. A deposit of 20% is payable upon booking, with the balance due by 70 days before travel.
*We reserve the right to amend the price of this trip in the unlikely event of a significant currency move.

With such a small group of up to a maximum of just seven guests we anticipate that this exciting trip will fill up quickly, so please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more information and to reserve your place on the trip.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing exciting birds in Georgia with you!



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