Day 8: Isıklı

Cinerous Bunting male

Cinerous Bunting male

We got up at 5:30 and got breakfast at the hotel in Gaziantep. Then we headed to Isıklı, which is a small village. Above the village there are rocky areas with scattered bushes. It is the breeding ground for many good bird species.

Pale Rock Sparrow

Pale Rock Sparrow

When we came we pretty soon found Pale Rock Sparrow. It is a rather anonymous bird, but is call and song is very distinctive.

At the same site several Finche’s Wheatears, Rock Sparrows, one Blue Rock Thrush and two Cinerous Buntings were present. The Cinerous Buntings gave really good views as they often were busy chasing each other around.

Cinerous Bunting female

Cinerous Bunting female

Another characteristic bird of the area is the Upcher’s Warbler. We saw several of them. Quite interesting birds to observe as they do their song flight from the rocks and bushes.

Upcher's Warbler

Upcher’s Warbler

Upcher's Warbler

Upcher’s Warbler

 

We used most of the day walking around the area in search for Kurdish Wheatear, but we didn’t find any. But besides the Pale Rock Sparrows, Upcher’s Warbler and Cinerous Buntings Garden Warbler, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Honey Buzzard and Eastern Rock Nuthatch were added to the trip-list. Can we reach 300 before the trip ends?

Eastern Rock Nuthatch

Eastern Rock Nuthatch

Silas Olofson

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