Birding and nature watching hotspots

Kazbegi (Stephantsminda)

A trip to Georgia would not be complete without exploring at least one of the mountainous provinces of the Greater Caucasus, to get a sense of the awesome quality of this 648 kilometer (480 mile) spine that historically has separated Europe from Asia. Georgians themselves regard the area as the heart and soul of their country, the place from which so many of their traditions derive: the cult of the ram, the forms of lavish hospitality, the importance of friendship, and the demands of honor.

Kazbegi features the beautiful peak of Mkinvartsveri (Kazbegi) where and the landscape varies from high glacial mountain peaks to deep gorges and canyons cut by glacial waters banked with sub-alpine vegetation. As you drive through the high mountain peaks, Red-billed and Alpine Choughs call overhead and communities of Snowdrops, the alpine wildflower, are sprinkled in the meadows.

As we drive through the high mountain peaks, communities of alpine Snowdrops are sprinkled in the meadows while Red-billed and Alpine Choughs call overhead. Local people herd their sheep and cattle along the mountain road: a spring of natural mineral water greets travelers alongside bright red sulfur flats that border a section of the alpine pass.

The Kazbegi region is the place where the “Big Five” Causcasian birds can be seen: Caucasian Snowcock, Caucasian Black Grouse, Great Rosefinch, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, Caucasian Chiffchaff.

During our trips you may also observe other regional specialties including: Twite (interior Asian form - a potential split), Red-fronted Serin, Wallcreeper, Citrine Wagtail, White-winged Snowfinch, Red-billed and Alpine Choughs, Chukar, Horned Lark, Water Pipit, Greenish Warbler, Barred Warbler, Alpine Accentor, Common Rosefinch and dozens of other species. Common raptors include: Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.
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