We aim to initiate a Raptor Count in Mongolia in 2018. Ornithologists of MBCC are knowledgeable and well experienced in counting raptors. We have already selected a location for raptor count and called it Songino Mountain which locates near UB about 20km to the west. We had several visits to the mountain in the fall of 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. During these visits we observed more than 20 species of raptors, although they were not regular observations. Most numerous raptor was Black-eared Kite and we counted nearly 400 kites one day and mostly young birds from that year. Also, a number of Oriental Honey Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Steppe Eagle, Booted eagle, Amur Falcon and Lesser Kestrels were also counted as well. Migration count is important because raptors are sensitive bioindicators at the tops of food chains, and changes in their numbers reflect changes in the health of the environment.
We hope that the results from this observations will also be important for Asian raptor watch count data and even for Mongolian raptor science as well.
We aim to initiate a raptor test count observation from the Mountain spring 2018 and the official count will be started first of September until November, 2018 and will be annually continued every year in the further. We are looking for volunteers who is willing to help and join us for Raptor count in autumn, 2018. If anyone interested volunteering, feel free to join us.