Bird Watching

The most important flyway for bird migration on Eastern Black Sea Mountains is Coruh Valley. Ispir and Uzundere environments being the first, the Valley and surroundings have been examined to identify the existent bird species and migration routes of those. As a result, some 200 different species are identified. Spring migration is completed in Coruh Valley in April and May. Fall migration can be observed thoroughly between the 20th of August and October 20th.

Detailed Info

Coruh offers a unique landscape with its very deep and step valley and rapid flowing river. Due to low intensity human activity in the area, natural riches are well preserved. Different climatic conditions of the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Central Anatolia can be experienced altogether in Coruh Valley. Those differing climatic properties allow a greater variety of local animal and plant species, besides making the region so special and favorable for birds Coruh Valley serves as a very important highway for the raptors and other passage birds migrating between Caucasian region and Anatolia. Besides, there are numerous rare bird species or birds of Caucasia in the region. Ispir and Uzundere environments being the first, the Valley and surroundings have been examined to identify the existent bird species and migration routes of those. As a result, some 200 different species are identified. The most important flyway for bird migration on Eastern Black Sea Mountains is Coruh Valley. During migration, which takes place in spring and fall, tens of thousands of migratory raptors pass through the region. Especially during fall migration, a magnificent bird density is observed over the valley. The incredible view of thousands of raptors flying over the valley every day during this season is like priceless invitation for the bird watchers. Spring migration is completed in Coruh Valley in April and May. Fall migration can be observed thoroughly between the 20th of August and October 20th. Including the young birds the number of migratory raptors returning, reaches up to about ten thousand. Another Valley specific feature is that the migrant raptors can be observed from a very close distance. Singing birds are more crowded in number during the spring migration. On the other hand, fall migration is ideal for creeping raptors, and it is at its best in September. Bird Watching Festival became an annual activity in the region. The festival takes place around September or October every year in Uzundere district of Erzurum.

You can find detailed information about bird species in Choruh Valley here.

You can download Çoruh Valley Bird Watching brochure here.

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