Spring for real!

White Wagtail  - the rarest of the wagtails today

White Wagtail – the rarest of the wagtails today

Today I went to Mogan – this time for a thorough check. It has been raining the last few days, so I guess the place has been full of birds. But last night it was clear and cold. And that means that many birds probably moved on.

About 300 Ruff were around today

About 300 Ruff were around today

But there were really good numbers of birds around today. I took at 8 km walk along the stream that runs south of Mogan. It was amazing birding. So many birds and good species – but not ideal for photographing.

Several Calandra Larks breed around Mogan

Several Calandra Larks breed around Mogan

Well, the first thing that was evident was the shorebirds. Not a wast array of species, but just birds  in every waterhole and along the stream. I counted 200+ Marsh Sandpipers, 300+ Ruff, 100+ Wood Sandpipers, a few Green Sandpipers, Lesser Ringed Plover, Lapwings, Common Snipes and Black-winged Stilts.

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

As I walked I heard a Quail, but couldn’t see it as usual. But the big surprise was that I found about 20 Citrine Wagtails, 50+ Yellow Wagtails and only four White Wagtails – quite the opposite of normal and the largest count of Cit-Wags I’ve ever had in Turkey.

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

Other good birds include 17 Gull-billed Terns and two Common Terns and a flock of about 100 Glossy Ibises – some giving very good views.

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Purple Heron is now the most numerous heron, but I also saw Squacco and Grey Heron, Little and Great White Egret and finally I got a crap-photo of the Bittern.

Glossy ibis

Glossy ibis

Most ducks have left, but a few Garganeys, Mallards, Teal and a single Red-crested Pochard were around today. I wonder where the White-headed Ducks are. At least one pair used to be around in Mogan…

Great White Egret and the frog

Great White Egret and the frog

Note how the frog tries to reach the Egrets eye. One frog actually managed to escape using this method.

Note how the frog tries to reach the Egrets eye. One frog actually managed to escape using this method – clikc to enlarge.

Other news from Turkey include the arrival of Lesser Kestrel, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, Bee-eaters and Collared Pranticoles in Göksu and vagrants like Pomarine Skua, Gannets and Cory’s Shearwaters. In the extreme northest, in Kucuk Gölü, two Demoseille Cranes and a Yellow Wagtail ssp. lutea have been seen.

Bittern

Bittern

Silas Olofson

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Spring for real!

  1. If you don’t mind, I wondered where you saw the Bittern-was it in southeaat or the “Bizimçatı” area of Mogan?

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