Forest birding

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Krupers nuthatch – a “classic” of the Turkish pine forests

I’ve been spending some days in the pine forests north of Ankara. Birding has been quite good and some good species have been found.

Hare

Hare

The best bird is undoubtedly a vocal Tengmalm’s Owl. It was heard only on one night but quite close by. Other night species include 10+ singing Nightjars – several of them seen in the dusk.

Green Woodpecker (juv)

Green Woodpecker (juv)

I didn’t manage to find any Grey-headed Woodpeckers, but a few Green Woodpeckers were seen.

Redstart - ssp. samamicus

Redstart – ssp. samamisicus (male)

Redstart - ssp. samamicus (male)

Redstart – ssp. samamisicus (male)

Redstart - ssp. samamicus (female)

Redstart – ssp. samamisicus (female)

Another nice bird was a pair of samamisicus Redstarts nesting close to the camp site.

Black Redstart  ssp. ochorus

Black Redstart ssp. ochruros

A few ochorus Black Redstarts were also seen.

Bullfinch (male)

Bullfinch (male)

Robin (juv)

Robin (juv)

Silas Olofson

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