Mogan in summer mode

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

After 20 days on non-stop birding I had other things to attend to when I got home. But I have been a few times to Mogan since the return.

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

This morning I woke up at 5:00 and headed to Mogan. The weather was nice and it was 12 degree celsius outside. As one would expect the spring migration is almost over. Shorebirds, ducks, warblers and raptors have moved on – except for the breeding birds of course.

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Actually I found 5 Green Sandpipers which I expect to be birds that are already moving south. At least two of the birds flew directly south and furthermore it has been more than a month since I saw my last Green Sandpiper in Turkey. So spring migration might be over, but migration is still going on.

Black-crowned Nightheron

Black-crowned Nightheron

The days first surprise were 9 Black-crowned Nightherons. They are not uncommon, but 9 is a good number for Mogan – and the fact that they showed really well is not something that happens too often.

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Purple Herons are still the most common herons around, but I also found Squacco Heron, Grey Heron and Little Egret.

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler is probably the most common warbler around Mogan. You could hear them singing all the time joined by some Reed Warblers and Moustached Warblers.

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

But summer is the time for the breeding birds. The next generation of Feldeggs are already flying around and species like Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Magpie and Great Crested Grebe were also observed with their young.

Juv. Yellow Wagtail ssp. feldegg

Juv. Yellow Wagtail ssp. feldegg

Silas Olofson

 

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