Happy New Year

Rock Bunting

Rock Bunting – click to enlarge

We returned from Cappadokia a few days ago. The last days there didn’t produce a lot besides the birds mentioned in the previous post. A flock of about 10 Rock Buntings gave really good views at one point and a Rock Nuthatch also put on a show.

Rock Nuthatch

Rock Nuthatch

I started birding a long time ago, but it all became a bit more serious when I started in the “Gymnasium” as a 15-year-old. One of my teachers, Svend Erik Petersen, was a dedicated birder and we did go out quite a lot – and I learned a lot. Svende, as he is called, had a tradition of going out birding every 1st of january and ever since I’ve tried to follow that tradition.

So today I went out for a few hours. And as often before I went to Mogan. It was about zero degrees and foggy. First stop was south of Mogan, where I took a walk. Skylarks and a few Calandra Larks, two Water Pipits, a small flock of Ruddy Shelducks, some Grey and Great White Egrets, Penduline Tit, Corn and Reed Buntings and Linnets were all present. Furthermore Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, several Long-legged Buzzards, a few Common Buzzards, Merlin, Common Kestrel and Peregrine were around.

Cetti's Warbler

Cetti’s Warbler

I then headed to the lake itself. There were about 3000 Teal present, so I checked the flock twice and found two Pintails, a Gadwall, about a hundred Wigeons, two Pochards, three Red-crested Pochards and Mallard. Furthermore two Cetti’s Warblers, a Robin, some Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chafffinches and Linnets were also around.

Part of a flock of c 3000 Teal

Part of a flock of c 3000 Teal – click to enlarge

All in all it was nice to start the new year with a little birding even though there were no major surprises.



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