Christmas has come and passed – and I went to Cappadokia with my wife, children and visiting family. Well, Cappadokia is not a place that is known for its birding, but rather its fairy chimneys and old churches.
But good birds can be found in the area and I did manage to get out with my camera for a short while. It is cold, the ground is frozen and the first birds I found where a few fieldfares and robins. It could as well be the Faroes… untill species like Syrian Woodpeckers, Lesser Woodpecker, Rock Nuthatch, Sombre Tits, Dunnock and Rock Buntings turned up – and I also saw a fox.
But the most interesting bird were a flock of turkish Long-tailed Tits (alpinus). Superficially it looks like europaeus but it has a black bib, greyish back and shorter tail than other subspecies. It totally lacks any red-brown colours, and has an almost black and white (or rather light dirty grey) appearance. Furthermore the call sounds a bit different from european birds – I wonder if it should be considered at full species.
Long-tailed Tits are not rare in Turkey I guess, but I rarely see them. And I’ve mostly seen them – not in forests as in Denmark – but in areas with more scattered trees and lots of open areas. But it might be due to that fact that there really isn’t much mixed forest lest in Central Anatolia.