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Hen Harrier hunting in the snow

Hen Harrier hunting in the snow

After yesterdays migrant explosion my oldest daughter and I decided to go out birding today – she was very excited to see the beautiful yellow birds from yesterday. But when we woke up the landscape was covered in snow. The Ankara weather is really unpredictable.

Brambling

Brambling

But after breakfast we went to Mogan. It was snowing all the time while we drove there and in continued snowing during the entire period of birding.

White Storks arriving

White Storks arriving

When we came to the area south of Mogan the first birds we saw were a flock of Bramblings and Chaffinches and a Hen Harrier was hunting – quite a different scenario than yesterday. Some 20 White Storks were roosting on in a field a little further on. But more birds continually arrived and after an hour about 150 White Storks were present.

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

We then headed to the fields where all the pipits and wagtails had been present yesterday. Today there was nothing. A few White Wagtails and a fly-by Water Pipit was all. Some 10 Garganeys had arrived and a pair of Shovelers were also present nearby including the ever present Ruddy Shelducks – but numbers of shorebirds has also decreased though my first Wood Sandpiper this year was present. I guess the birds have moved south again as top temperatures today only reached 1 degree and it was quite windy.

Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt

We then headed to the lake itself. There we found two Black-winged Stilts and two Spotted Redshanks – both year-ticks for me. At the lake both Slender-billed and Mediterranean Gull were present with thousands of Black-headed Gulls. On the way back I found two Siberian Stonechat-types along the road.

Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank

Siberian Stonechat - note the broad collar

Siberian Stonechat-type – note the broad collar and limited orange patch

Note here the white rump.

Note here the white rump.

So I guess it was quite ok for very cold snowy day.

Silas Olofson

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2 thoughts on “Reverse

    • Thanks for the comment, Yoav.

      I didn’t note the streaked upper-rump/back before as a caracter, that excludes Siberian. I’ve still a lot to learn about all these types of Stonechats that occure here.

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