Thunder storms and heavy rain during the last two days is the ideal recipe for many birds in Mogan. So I went down there yesterday for a brief check. And what a scenery. Literally Barn Swallows everywhere. Thousands and thousands were foraging over the fields and the lake itself. They were joined by some Red-rumped Swallows and a few House Martins. What a sight is was.
The Barn Swallows in Turkey are quite interesting. Most of the birds look like the birds we normally see in NW Europa but maybe 20% tend to have a rusty tone to the breast – some even quite extensive getting close to ssp. savignii/transitiva.
Warblers have arrived in good numbers. Sedge and Reed Warblers are singing from the reed beds and Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs are common throughout. Other passerines seen today include the first Whincats and Pied Flycatchers of the year.
Well, there were also good numbers of White and Yellow Wagtails and a few Citrine Wagtails. But most significant where the arrival of several Tawny Pipits.
Shorebirds were present in good numbers too. 3 Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 Spotted Redshanks including a nice almost-summer-plumage and lots of Marsh, Common, Green and Wood Sandpipers, Greenshanks, Redshanks, Ruffs and Black-winged Stilts.
I saw about 10 Lesser Kestrels today and a single female Pallid Harrier, some Long-legged Buzzards and 10+ Marsh Harriers.
In the reed beds I found two male Little Crakes and a single female. They didn’t give good views at all, so no pictures this time.