Lesser Kestrels have arrived

Hoopoe south of Mogan

Hoopoe south of Mogan

I took a brief trip to Mogan today with both my daughters. After a few sunny days many migrants had moved on. Most significant was the decrease in shorebirds and wagtails – but I didn’t have the opportunity to do any long hikes obviously.

Male Lesser Kestrel

Male Lesser Kestrel

But right upon arrival I saw my first 20 or so Lesser Kestrels of the year. Such lovely birds.

White Wagtail

White Wagtail

In the reeds Little Crakes have arrived, but none of them wanted to give good views.

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Several pairs of Hoopoe breed south of Mogan. They often engage in territorial disputes, which is truly stunning.

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

There were only a few Red-throated Pipits and a single Tree Pipit around. And about 10 Yellow and 10 White Wagtails were found. But I’m sure that a more thorough look would reveal some Citrines too.

Tree Pipit

Tree Pipit

A male Pallid Harrier flew over at one point, but otherwise there were not many raptors – besides the Lesser Kestrels.

Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck

Finally some Purple Herons gave good views at Bizim Cati. But all in all a rather quite day.

Garganey male

Garganey male

Other Turkish new include a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater at Mogan on the 12th.

Red-crested Pochard male

Red-crested Pochard male

Silas Olofson

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