by Axel Bräunlich (The link to Birding Mongolia: www.birdsmongolia.blogspot.com)
When I moved to
Khovd in western Mongolia in late October 2005 I started to send
friends little reports of my local birdwatching activities by email. For
the year of 2006 I compiled my observations in a 19-page report with
many photos, which can be downloaded from the Surfbirds website (PDF,
2.5 MB): Local Spot 2006: Khovd - Bird migration in western Mongolia.
In early 2007 I decided that it would be better to make my observations available to a wider audience: I started Birding Mongolia.
The first post from 8 March 2007 contained some info on sightings from
Khovd, and also from the area around the monastery Manzshir near
Ulaanbaatar. The first photos published were of a dust storm in Khovd,
and of a Two-barred Crossbill at Manzshir Khiid.
Last week, after almost 300 posts and hundreds of photos, Birding Mongolia passed the 100,000- pageviews (“all time history”) mark!
The following 10 countries had most viewers, according to stats by Google:
United Kingdom 9,169
South Korea 1,070
Today Birding Mongolia
offers much more than just listing my observations from Khovd: Trip
reports, information on mammals and other animal groups, on conservation
projects and organisations, bird rarity reports, information about
birds from neighbouring countries (esp. Russia, China, Kazakhstan), news
on bird taxonomy, bird migration, environmental news and much more. The
web links on the right-hand sidebar constitute probably the most comprehensive collection of Mongolia resources (natural history and travel-related) on the Internet. Please have a look!
Over the past
five years many people have contributed to my blog. I wish to thank all
of them, and also thanks to the visitors of Birding Mongolia.
Special thanks go to Andreas Buchheim aka Abu who wrote many very
interesting contributions, including extensive trip reports, and
provided many of his excellent photographs.