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Siberia: 7/14/2008 - 8/11/2008 (Center on Map)


Altai, Total Solar Eclipse, Bailey's Beads Detail

Red Square, Moscow Red Square, Moscow Lake Baikal Bolshie Koty on Lake Baikal World War II Memorial in Kyzyl, Tuva View From Mergens Homestay, Kyzyl
Shamanistic Center, Kyzyl Kyzyl, Lenin Kyzyl, Tank Tuva Yurt in the Valley of the Kings Western Tuva, Inside The Yurt Western Tuva, Ghenghis Khan Statue
Western Tuva, Outside the Yurt Western Tuva, Ancient Turkic Carving Western Tuva, Sacred Site Western Tuva, Taiga Western Tuva, Ladas Western Tuva, Mountaintop
Western Tuva, Valley Kyzyl, Tuvan Throat Singing Competition Kyzyl, Tuva, Throat Singing Competition Altai, Total Solar Eclipse, Just Before 2nd Contact, Cloud Trouble Altai, Solar Eclipse, 2nd Contact Baileys Beads Altai, Total Solar Eclipse, Baileys Beads Detail
Altai, Solar Eclipse, 3rd Contact, Diamond Ring Altai, Vicious Dog Altai, Lake Teletskoe Krasnoyarsk, Russians on Holiday Krasnoyarsk, Russian Boogie Down Krasnoyarsk, Theater
Krasnoyarsk, My Hotel View from Across the Yenisey Novosibirsk, View From Railway Station Novosibirsk, Railway Station Novosibirsk Railway Station, TransSiberian Train 055 Arrives Trans-Siberian Railway, View From Platskart Liger, Novosibirsk Zoo
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) Male Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) Female Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) Male Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) Blyths Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) Siberian form Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) Siberian
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) Siberian form Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) Juveniles Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)  Juvenile Richards Pipit (Anthus richardi) Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) Male Siberian ssp

I flew from San Francisco to Irkutsk via New York and Moscow with the primary goal to view the total solar eclipse of August 1, 2008. I visited a few areas in the region including Lake Baikal at Listvyanka, Tuva, the Altai mountains region, and Krasnoyarsk.

Sites Visited - Click on a link to read the blog!

Moscow, Siberia (7/14/2008)
Listvyanka, Siberia (7/16/2008)
Listvyanka, Siberia (7/17/2008)
Irkutsk - Freeway Swamps, Siberia (7/19/2008)
Tuva - Kyzyl, Siberia (7/19/2008)
Tuva - Kyzyl, Siberia (7/20/2008)
Tuva - Kyzyl, Siberia (7/21/2008)
Tuva - Kyzyl, Siberia (7/22/2008)
Tuva - Western Mountains, Siberia (7/23/2008)
Tuva - Western Mountains, Siberia (7/24/2008)
Tuva - Kyzyl, Siberia (7/25/2008)
Tuva - Western Mountains, Siberia (7/25/2008)
Tuva - Kyzyl, Siberia (7/26/2008)
Barnaul, Siberia (7/29/2008)
Elekmonar, Siberia (7/31/2008)
Elekmonar, Siberia (8/1/2008)
Elekmonar, Siberia (8/2/2008)
Lake Teletskoye, Siberia (8/4/2008)
Lake Teletskoye, Siberia (8/5/2008)
Barnaul, Siberia (8/6/2008)
Krasnoyarsk - Yenesey South Bank, Siberia (8/8/2008)
Krasnoyarsk - Stolby Nature Reserve, Siberia (8/9/2008)
Krasnoyarsk - Yenesey North Bank, Siberia (8/9/2008)
Krasnoyarsk - East River Island, Siberia (8/10/2008)
Novosibirsk, Siberia (8/11/2008)

Species Recorded (105)

Birds ( 100 )

Old World Vultures ( Accipitridae )
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier - Circus aeruginosus

Old World Tree Warblers ( Phylloscopidae )
Common Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita
Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuscatus
Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus
Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus

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

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
Common Merganser - Mergus merganser

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus
Steppe Eagle - Aquila nipalensis
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Greater Spotted Eagle - Clanga clanga
Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Oriental Honey-buzzard - Pernis ptilorhynchus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Eurasian Hobby - Falco subbuteo
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Hazel Grouse - Tetrastes bonasia

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

Cranes ( Gruidae )
Demoiselle Crane - Anthropoides virgo

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
Northern Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Little Gull - Hydrocoloeus minutus
Herring Gull - Larus argentatus
Common Gull - Larus canus
Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Oriental Turtle-Dove - Streptopelia orientalis

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Common Swift - Apus apus
Pacific Swift - Apus pacificus

Hoopoes ( Upupidae )
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Dryobates minor
Eurasian Wryneck - Jynx torquilla

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Common House-Martin - Delichon urbicum
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Common Raven - Corvus corax
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix
Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
Rook - Corvus frugilegus
Eurasian Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
Eurasian Nutcracker - Nucifraga caryocatactes
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Azure Tit - Cyanistes cyanus
Great Tit - Parus major
Coal Tit - Periparus ater
Willow Tit - Poecile montanus
Marsh Tit - Poecile palustris

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Long-tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatus

Nuthatches ( Sittidae )
Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta europaea

Treecreepers ( Certhiidae )
Eurasian Treecreeper - Certhia familiaris

Dippers ( Cinclidae )
White-throated Dipper - Cinclus cinclus

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Blyth's Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus dumetorum
Lesser Whitethroat - Curruca curruca
Pallas's Grasshopper-Warbler - Helopsaltes certhiola

Wheatears ( Muscicapidae )
Siberian Stonechat - Saxicola maurus

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Bluethroat - Luscinia svecica
Asian Brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa dauurica
Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata
Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina
Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Daurian Redstart - Phoenicurus auroreus
Common Redstart - Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Red-flanked Bluetail - Tarsiger cyanurus
Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos
Fieldfare - Turdus pilaris
Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Olive-backed Pipit - Anthus hodgsoni
Richard's Pipit - Anthus richardi
Water Pipit - Anthus spinoletta
Tree Pipit - Anthus trivialis
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Gray Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea
Citrine Wagtail - Motacilla citreola
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Yellow-breasted Bunting - Emberiza aureola
Godlewski's Bunting - Emberiza godlewskii
Ortolan Bunting - Emberiza hortulana
Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis
Common Rosefinch - Carpodacus erythrinus
Long-tailed Rosefinch - Carpodacus sibiricus
Hawfinch - Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
Brambling - Fringilla montifringilla
Eurasian Bullfinch - Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Himalayan Accentor - Prunella himalayana


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