Brown Fishing Owl

Purple Heron can be quite hard to detect from the distance.

Purple Heron can be quite hard to detect from the distance.

I haven’t really been out since I returned from the south-east. Just a small trip to Mogan a few days ago. There were good numbers of birds around. Spring is really starting to happen. New arrivals included my first Black Stork of the year and my first Kingfisher and Glossy Ibis at Mogan this year.

Black Stork

Black Stork

Good numbers of Garganeys have also occurred, but most Ruddy Shelducks have departed.

The weather was excellent and that was maybe the problem. Mogan isn’t really a superb natural area, so it does not attract really large numbers of birds in itself. But when rain and bad weather hits the area thousands of birds on their way north use the area as a stop-over.

Garganeys

Garganeys

So in order to get see fascinating numbers of wagtails, pipits and shorebirds bad weather is crucial.

White Stork

White Stork

I’ve received quite a lots of mails during the last months from people going to Turkey, who wish to get updates on recent sightings. As it is a little hard to write a bunch of e-mails to everybody I’ll try to bring more bird news birds  from the whole country.

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

The latest news is that a Brown Fishing Owls (which by the wayos most likely to be a different species than the Brown Fishing Owls from more eastern populations based on DNA) has been seen at the known breeding area in Oymapinar Dam on the 6th of april. This is good news for those trying to twitch it this spring/summer.  A photo can be seen here:

http://www.trakus.org/kods_bird/uye/?fsx=2fsdl15%40d&idx=92234#.UWQfIldwtUJ

Silas Olofson

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