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.
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.
I didn’t manage to find any Grey-headed Woodpeckers, but a few Green Woodpeckers were seen.
Another nice bird was a pair of samamisicus Redstarts nesting close to the camp site.
A few ochorus Black Redstarts were also seen.