Songbirds: Moscow locations to listen to nightingales

July 10
Parks and pedestrian areas

Nightingales settle in parks and residential areas of Moscow more often now. The songbird inventory campaign held by Mospriroda in Moscow speak for it. Today, Moscow has nearly 400 nightingale habitats. They have been added to the interactive bird habitat map.

Over the past two months, 160 new nightingale habitats have been registered. Tthese birds have been detected in the areas of Arbat, Yakimanka, Khamovniki and Tverskaya for the first time. New parks and gardens, more flowers, trees and shrubs planted contribute to the increase in the number of songbirds in Moscow.

Besides, you may hear nightingales now in Ramenki, Brateyevo, Lyublino, Yuzhnoye Butovo districts and  Troparyovo recreation area. Bitsevsky Forest natural and historical park boasts the largest number of songbirds (with 31 nightingales registered). In addition, there are many nightingales in Izmailovsky (24 birds) and Terletsky (19 birds) forest parks.

Songbirds inventory was conducted in Moscow from 1 May till 30 June. Moscow citizens took part in the campaign along with professional ornithologists. Specialists received almost fifty photos, audio and video messages with nightingale trills recorded in parks, public gardens or courtyards. As a result of collaborative work, all the nightingale habitats have been added to the map.

For the first time such online map was created in Moscow in 2018. It was based on national inventory, with Mospriroda experts and birdwatchers engaged. Then 237 addresses were mapped.

"We will continue to add new bird habitats to the map. The data will help our specialists to learn more about the natural diversity of Moscow and to trace areas and districts preferred by songbirds. If you find the areas where nightingale habitats have not been added yet, but you heard these birds in that location, please send your data to [email protected] The new habitat will be added to the map," said the Press Service of Mospriroda, Environmental State-Financed Organisation.

Experts advise to watch nightingales in the evening, when urban noise subsides. These birds usually settle near water reservoirs in a dense thicket of lilac or willow trees. These birds typically make loud clean whistles and 'iv-iv-iv' sounds. Ornithologists call nightingales urbanophiles (urban life fans).

Source: mos.ru

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