Finally some birding

Purple Heron – Lake Mogan

Well, I’ve moved to Turkey. Thus is doesn’t make much sence to keep blogging on birdingfaroes. So from now on the action will be on birdingtyrkey.wordpress.com.

Sadly I haven’t been doing any birding during the summer – almost. But today I finally got to go out and I headed to my favourite place around Ankara – Lake Mogan. I came as the sun rose and there were good numbers of birds present. Around 10 Great Reed Warblers including some very confident ones were foraging in the vegetation beside the road along with some Bearded Tits. In the reeds and on the lake shore about 20 Little Egrets, 10 Purple Herons, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Squacco Herons and one Nightheron were present along with a Black and a White Stork.

Black Stork – Lake Mogan

But the most significant feature were all the Whinchats and Red-backed Shrike. There were well over 200 Whitchats, 60+ Red-backed Shrikes and 9 Lesser Grey Shrikes west and south of the lake.

One of 60+ Red-backed Shrikes – Lake Mogan

South of the lake there are flooded fields during the wet season, but now it was almost like sandy desert. A few Red-throated Pipits, Feldegg Yellow Wagtails, 5 Tawny Pipits, some Crested and Short-toed Larks, a single Hoopoe and a fly-by Montegue’s Harrier were pretty much it. There were no shore birds at all and only a few Red-headed Ducks and some Shovelers on the lake.

Great Reed Warbler – Lake Mogan

But even though there were no big surprises if was so nice to be out birding again. And when the rain comes I bet there will be lots of birds there too.

Great Reed Warbler – Lake Mogan

SiO

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