June has arrived. Birding wise it means that adult birds start to look like crap (i.e. getting worn). The large numbers of migrant birds have departed and almost only the breeding birds are left.
But just around Mogan the breeding birds do provide some entertainment. A few days ago I went to a gas station at Gölbaşı south of Ankara. By luck I took a brief look over the lake and saw two Little Bitterns flying over the reed beds. I went down to the area and the Little Bitterns were still present. As it was a rather crowded area and the birds seemed used to people and allowed good views.
Today I also checked the south of Mogan. The first birds I saw or rather heard after entering the area were a family of Cetti’s Warblers. Nice to see at least 5 fresh juveniles and two adult birds at very close range.
The Great Reed Warblers are feeding their young and the can be found breeding in most reed beds.
Other good breeding birds around the south of Mogan include Isabelline Wheatear, Black-headed Bunting and Calandra Larks.
Green Sandpipers are getting more numerous with 10+ seen today, but besides that only a few Common Snipes and Lapwings were seen.
A short check on the lake itself revealed both Little and Great Crested Grebe with chicks.