Bearded Tits

Bearded Tit at Mogan

Finally I’ve purchased a car. So it’s possible to go out birding again. We live in the southern part of Ankara, so it only takes about 20 minutes to go the Lake Mogan, which is probably the best birding area around Ankara.

The van for “birdingturkey”

During the last week the first real rain for several months has come. This means that some areas around Mogan are now flooded and provide perfect habitats for pipits, wagtails, shorebirds, ducks and herons. Furthermore rain during the night knocks down many birds and due to the fact that trees are rather scarce around Mogan gardens function as magnets for passerines.

One of four Bluethroats

It was soon evident that many warblers were around. Reed, Marsh, Great Reed, Willow and Chiffchaff were present in good numbers. In an area with reeds a locustella was seen briefly. With the help of playback I managed to nail it as a River warbler. It gave fair views for a shot time and it also called a few times. But I didn’t get any pictures. A nice new turkish tick to me.

Red-throated Pipit

But the really impressive thing were the pipits and wagtails. 200+ Red-throated Pipits, 1000+ White Wagtails, 100+ Yellow Wagtails and one Citrine Wagtail were just stunning. Furthermore 4 1cy/female Bluethroats were seen, but I only found one Red-backed Shrike. It looks like their migration is almost over.

Red-throated Pipit with a red throat

The local Long-legged Buzzards also gave good views and a Goshawk and a Hobby flew by. Other birds included 20+ Ruddy Shelducks, a Bimaculated Lark, tons of Crested Larks, the common herons, a Penduline Tit.

Long-legged Buzzard

Fly-by Goshawk

But the highlight might be all the Bearded Tits that gave really good views. The is just such a nice bird that I’ll never get tired of watching and photographing.

Bearded Tit

So all in all it was a really good result for a few hours out!

Crested Lark

SiO

 

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