Winter in Ankara

Long-legged Buzzard at Mogan

Long-legged Buzzard at Mogan

Yes, it is winter in Turkey. But winter at the mediterranean coast for instance is very different from central Anatolian winter. Here it gets really cold. And is it a dry cold that really feels very different from the Faroese winter.

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

I’ve been very busy with studies, a 3 month old baby, family life and stuff lately, so I haven’t had much time for birding.

Red-chrested Pochard

Red-chrested Pochard

But I have been able to get out a little. Mogan is still frozen with only one open spot, where a few Mallards, many Coot and single Red-crested Pochard linger.

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

At the western side of the lake I was lucky enough to locate a group of 13 Grey Partridge – a bird rarely seen in these parts.

Long-tailed Tit ssp. alpinus

Long-tailed Tit ssp. alpinus

Besides Mogans I’ve been walking around my neighbourhood. And it can give some quite good birds. A few days ago I managed to find two flocks of Long-tailed tits ssp. alpinus (probably the most boring subspecies of Long-tailed Tit).

Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker

Other birds included Syrian Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper and some Goldcrests. Not bad for a walk in the city!

Silas Olofson

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