Day 12: Between Cizre and Van

Cinerous Bunting

Cinerous Bunting

We didn’t wanna spend one more second in Cizre, so we left the city at 5:30 and headed north towards Van. On the way there we made several stops along the mountain roads – when we had come sufficiently far away from the border.

Our first stop produced actually some really good species including 9 Griffon Vultures, 3 Upcher’s Warblers, 4 Cinerous Buntings, 3 Sombre Tits and Black-headed Bunting.

Red-fronted Serin

Red-fronted Serin

Our second stop gave additional Cinerous Buntings, Red-rumped Swallows, Black-headed Bunting and a little surprisingly also two Red-fronted Serins.

Crimson-winged Finch

Crimson-winged Finch

Other stop overs included 45 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Crimson-winged Finches, 2 Golden Eagles, Hobby and Booted Eagle.

We then headed to a valley south of Van known for its Crimson-winged, Trumpeter, Desert and Mongolian Finches. We arrived in the late afternoon and started walking. Soon we found good birds like Finche’s Wheatear, Rufus Rock Thrush and some Shorelarks.

Grey-necked Bunting

Grey-necked Bunting

Shortly after a Grey-necked Bunting was located. A nice male that gave stunning views.

Grey-necked Bunting

Grey-necked Bunting

Grey-necked Bunting

Grey-necked Bunting

A little later we found two Crimson-winged Finches and suddenly Yann is signaling. He has found something. A little later Rasmus called me on the walkie: Mongolian Finch!

Mongolian Finch male

Mongolian Finch male

Mongolian Finch female

Mongolian Finch female

We all rush to the top where Yann has located the birds. We see them very well in the telescope and they end up giving very good views – and we even saw them displaying and mating.

Simmi

Simmi

To spice it all up a Lanner Falcon, a Lammergeier and a European Bee-eater flew over while we were watching the Mongolian Finches.

Mongolian Finch

Mongolian Finch

Black-headed Bunting

Black-headed Bunting

 

All in all a perfect day with some really good target species getting on the tour-list.

Silas Olofson

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