My wife, and I were in the village of Vozensenkoya, Russia ( about 250 miles East of Moscow) in May,2000. The first week we had snow daily that melted quickly. No birding was done. The next three weeks, we were able to bird in the village and take long walks in the beautiful birch, lime, pine and alder forests surrounding the area when we were not working on a volunteer project to help the craftsmen of the village. There were unmarked trails throughout the forest. We seldom saw another person. All the people were courteous and polite. There were two lakes in the area that were not very productive for birds. We did see a Grey Heron and a male and female Garganey, Black-headed Gulls, also saw a tern that was too far away for I.D. on the lakes. The forest next to the lakes was the best location for birds. We felt comfortable in roaming the area alone looking for birds. We were, however, regularly approached by young girls asking for autographs. We were the first Americans to have visited that region since the collapse of the Soviet Union and were welcomed and treated with friendly respect. We enjoyed their hospitality and their birding areas..

We used two field guides, Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East by Lars Jonsson and New Generation Guide BIRDS of Britain and Europe by Christopher Perrins, General Editor David Attenborough.

Gary and "Gene" Roberts

Austin, Texas


*Denotes New Species for us.Total 40 * GULL, BLACK-HEADED Laurus ridibundus

DOVE, ROCK Coumbua livia

* CROW, HOODED Corvus corvus

* TIT, COAL Parus ater

TIT, BLUE Parus caeruleus

* LINNET Parus cannabina

STARLING Sturnus vulgaris

RAVEN Corvus corax

MAGPIE Pica pica

ROOK Corvus frugilegus

WAGTAIL, PIED Motacilla alba

* WAGTAIL, CITRINE Motacilla citreola

* SPARROW, TREE Passer montanus

JACKDAW Corvus monedula

CHAFFINCH Fringilla coelebs

SWALLOW, BARN Hirundo rustica

WARBLER, WILLOW Phylloscopus trochilus

* GOOSE, GREYLAG Anser anser

WHEATEAR, NORTHERN Oenanthe oneanthe

* THRUSH, NIGHTINGALE Luscinia luscina

* HARRIER, MONTAGUíS Cireus pygargus

* GOLDFINCH Carduelis carduelis


* DOVE, COLLARED Streptopelia turtur

* NIGHTINGALE Luscinia megarhynchos

* TIT, LONG-TAILED Aegithalos caudatus

HARRIER, HEN Circus cyaneus

* WARBLER, ICTERINE Hippolus icterina

* BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica

HERON, GREY Ardea cinerea

CUCKOO Cuculus canorus

* PIPIT, TREE Anthus trivialis

* REDSTART Phoenicurus phoenicures

* THRUSH, BLACK-THROATED Turtus ruficoilis

* WARBLER, WOOD Phylloscopus sibilatrix

* FLYCATCHER, PIED Ficedula hypoleuca

* NUTCRACKER Nucifraga caryocatactes

* WARBLER, BOOTED Hippolais caligata

GREENFINCH Carduelis chloris

MARTIN, HOUSE Delichon urbica

EAGLE, GOLDEN Aquila chrysaetos

TIT, GREAT Parus major

* BUNTING, REED Emberiza schoeniclus

* ROSEFINCH, SCARLET Carpdacus erythrinus

* YELLOWHAMMER Emberiza citrinella

* EAGLE, BOOTED Hieraetus pennatus

* DUNNOCK Prunella modularis

OUZEL, RING Turdus torquatus

SWIFT Apus apus

HOBBY Falco subbuteo

* NUTHATCH Certia familiaris

* TREECREEPER Certhia familiaris

* WHITETHROAT, LESSER Sylvia curruca

* GARGANEY Anas querquedula

FLYCATCHER, SPOTTED Muscicapo striata

* WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER Locustella naevia

FIELDFARE Turtus pilaris

* SHRIKE, RED-BACKED Lanius collurio

REDSTART, BLACK Phoenicurus ochruros

* PIPIT, MEADOW Anthus pratehsis

* WARBLER, BLYTHíS REED Acrocephalus dumetorum

* WARBLER, MARSH Acrocephalus palustris

* WARBLER, GARDEN Sylvia borin

GULL, COMMON Larus canus

KITE, BLACK Milvus migrans

TERN, Common? (Too far away)

* GROUSE, BLACK Tetrao tetrix

* WOODPECKER, GREEN Picus viridis

* WARBLER, RIVER Lucustella fluviatilis 39 species

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* KITE, RED Milvus milvus 1 species