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Irkutsk - Freeway Swamps, Siberia (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Irkutsk - Freeway Swamps, Siberia

Map of Irkutsk - Freeway Swamps, Siberia

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) Male Richards Pipit (Anthus richardi) Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola) Juvenile Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) Male Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) Female
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Female Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) Juvenile Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) Female
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) Male Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

There are a few swampy areas tucked in between freeways and railroads on the west end of town.



7/19/2008: After some trouble finding accommodation, I was set up with a home stay in the outskirts of Irkutsk. The home was your basic brick shack, but the inside was OK... no worse than my own apartment. The shower, however, was some space age contraption with all kinds of buttons and stereo speakers.

The owner of the home took me to the train station the next morning where I was able to meet up with Igor, an ornithology professor in Irkutsk. We went in his car over to some nearby swamps next to the highway and some rail yards. The birding was pretty good, but heavy car and rail traffic made it less than ideal. Igor took me over to the airport where I was to catch a flight to Kyzyl. If you have a chance, the pizza restaurant next to the Irkutsk airport was exceptional.

Previous Visit (Listvyanka: 7/17/2008)
Next Visit (Tuva - Kyzyl: 7/19/2008)

Species Recorded (25)

Birds ( 25 )

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus
Eared Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier - Circus aeruginosus

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Great Bittern - Botaurus stellaris

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Common Pochard - Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Northern Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Pacific Swift - Apus pacificus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Siberian House-Martin - Delichon lagopodum

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Pallas's Grasshopper-Warbler - Helopsaltes certhiola

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Bluethroat - Luscinia svecica
Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina
Fieldfare - Turdus pilaris

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Richard's Pipit - Anthus richardi

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Yellow-breasted Bunting - Emberiza aureola
Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Long-tailed Rosefinch - Carpodacus sibiricus

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus




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