Visit your favourite destinations
Western Europe
North America
Eastern Europe
South America
Middle East
East Indies

The Following Reports are available from Russia:
Why not send us a report, or an update to one of your current reports?


A short visit to the Volga Delta Biosphere reserve 26th-29th June 2006

  • During the four days we heard Penduline Tit very often, but only saw one (building a nest), heard many Cetti’s Warbler and saw several small parties of Bearded Tit....Paul Mollatt reports.

A brief site description of Suzdal, near Moscow June 2006

  • The Kremlin area is flanked on one side by a large wetland, which is basically a river and water meadows with scattered bushes. The amount of birdsong was remarkable....Paul Mollatt reports.

Kislovodsk, land of raptors July-Aug 2001

  • Kislovodsk is one of three Spa towns located in the northern foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia. I vacationed there during the period 21st July until the 4th August 2001. It is an area recently added to the OSME's sphere of interest. Although birdwatching was not the primary reason for my visit I did manage to watch birds on most days, taking some five separate half-day trips away from the town and one full-day trip into the heart of the Caucasus Mountains...Jeff Gordon reports.






Why not send us a report, or an update to one of your current reports?

Some Useful bird books for Russia:
Do you have a good book for this region that we haven't featured? let us know


Birds of Central Asia (Helm Field Guides) [Paperback]
Manuel Schweizer et al: Buy from or

  • Birds of Central Asia is the first field guide to include the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, along with neighbouring Afghanistan. This vast area includes a diverse variety of habitats, and the avifauna is similarly broad, from sandgrouse, ground jays and larks on the vast steppe and semi-desert to a broad range of raptors, and from woodland species such as warblers and nuthatches to a suite of montane species, such as snowcocks, accentors and snowfinches.

Birds of East Asia (Helm Field Guides), Eastern China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Eastern Russia.
Mark Brazil: Buy from or

  • This is the first single volume guide devoted to the eastern Asian avifauna. Birds endemic to this region include representatives of many of the major families, from the world's largest eagle - Steller's Sea Eagle - to the tiny Formosan Firecrest. The guide features the most up-to-date text available, which, in conjunction with extensive colour plates throughout, facilitates the field identification of all of the species known from the region. Colour distribution maps enhance the text by providing a visual analysis of the summer, winter and migratory ranges of all species.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Europe's best Field guide. If you only carry one field guide on a trip into Europe then this should be it. It provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding, etc).

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Where to Watch Birds in Europe and Russia
Nigel Wheatley: Buy from

  • Over 250 major sites are treated in this book, and many more in passing from Iceland across Europe through Georgia to Ussuriland in southeast Russia. Countries, archipelagos and islands are treated alphabetically, the introduction to each being accompanied by a map showing major routes and the distribution of sites. Each site account lists the birds to be seen and how and where to find them, particularly the specialities

Recommended travel books for Russia

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe
David Stanley: Buy from or

  • This book is not as detailed as the individual Lonely Planet country guides but certainly very useful (and better value) if you are interested in visiting more than one country in the region. I have used it quite often and have not yet been disappointed. A definite improvement on the previous edition.


Search Now:

More Books... Click Here

External Links:
Click Here to Submit your own page to the external links section


Why not send us a report, or an update to one of your current reports?