We will be happy to share report by Rinse van der Vliet of Birds in the Chorokhi delta in spring 2015.
This report could not have been possible without the help of other people. Thanks to Frank de Miranda and Martin Lok (both AKN) for the invitation. Many thanks to Frank, Martin and Jasper Wehrmann (BRC) for thoroughly commenting on an earlier version of this report. Johannes Jansen (BRC) took care for logistical preparations and informed me about several subjects. Fred van Olphen (foundation Aurora Borealis) kindly supported with financial matters. Alexander Rukhaia (SABUKO) was very helpful in many ways: logistics, contacts, translations, introducing me to the country and to the delta and for good company. Last but not least Levan Leonidze and his family are thanked for their hospitality and housing me in nearby Akhalisopheli.
In spring 2015 the Chorokhi river delta (Ajara, Georgia) South of the city of Batumi survey was held by Rinse van der Vliet on behalf of the Dutch Avifaunistic Circle (AKN), section of the Netherlands Ornithologists Union, which mainly is an overview of the bird observations in and around the Chorokhi delta (from here on the ‘delta’) in the period from 30 April to 8 May and from 12 to 13 May 2015.
The report starts with a short description of the area and the different parts within the delta (Chapter 2). Chapter 3 presents the method used and the fieldwork. In Chapter 4 the results by subarea are treated and some comparisons are given. Chapter 5 gives species-specific information. Chapter 6 shows the most important findings and gives some recommendations.
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