Georgia, Day 6, 6 May 2013 - Ananuri and Lake Lisi

Today was essentially a traveling day back to Tbilisi but we had negotiated a couple of stops en route.

Our surly driver turned up late but we finally got going at about 11.30. Our first stop was some woods by the reservoir at Ananuri in the hope that a Green Warbler or two might have arrived. Sadly there was nothing doing. Even in this warm spring they don’t arrive this early so I have to treat with a little scepticism some claims of birds much earlier than this. All we had was Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Our driver then nearly killed us all by missing a cow in the road by inches (if I hadn’t looked up at just that second and shouted at him we’d all have been history!)

A stop at Lake Lisi on the western outskirts of Tbilisi wasn’t a whole lot better – the place was heaving on a sunnt bank holiday Monday which seriously curtailed birding. The only things of note here were 10+ Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Corn Bunting, 3 – 4 singing Great Reed Warblers and 3 European Bee-eaters. Just as we were leaving Jus also picked up our 2nd Red-necked Phalarope of the trip swimming in the centre of the lake.
Marsh Harrier, Lake Lisi
And that was just about it saving a 9 hour wait at Tbilisi airport followed by 4 more at Istanbul!

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