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.
But right upon arrival I saw my first 20 or so Lesser Kestrels of the year. Such lovely birds.
In the reeds Little Crakes have arrived, but none of them wanted to give good views.
Several pairs of Hoopoe breed south of Mogan. They often engage in territorial disputes, which is truly stunning.
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.
A male Pallid Harrier flew over at one point, but otherwise there were not many raptors – besides the Lesser Kestrels.
Finally some Purple Herons gave good views at Bizim Cati. But all in all a rather quite day.
Other Turkish new include a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater at Mogan on the 12th.