Results of geese and swans count during wintering in Azerbaijan in 1993 and 1996. - E. Soultanov, P. Mosley, D. Paynter, T. Aarvak. - Berkut. 7 (1-2). 1998. - P. 30-31.
In 1993 13 151 geese and 6560 swans were counted. The Greylag Goose prevails at the lake Sarysu. In other places the Lesser White-fronted Goose and the White-fronted Goose have bigger numbers. Among swans the Mute and Hooper Swans prevail each in different places. The Bewicks Swan was found in the Shirvan Nature Reserve. Comparison of results of the winter counts in places where they were carried out in 1993 and 1996 (unfortunately the count in Kyzyl-Agach was incomplete in 1996) shows that the number of swans was at least 2 times less in 1996 but the number of geese was evidently close to results of 1993. In the Kyzyl-Agach Nature Reserve the gigantic concentration of geese was noted early December. Obtained data confirm that Azerbaijan is one from the most important places for wintering and stopover site not only for common species but also for threatened and rare ones. [English].
Key words: Azerbaijan, wintering, geese, swans, globally threatened species.
Address: E. Soultanov, Institute of Zoology, block 504, passage 1128, 370602 Baku, Azerbaijan.