Spring?

Front of the car this morning

Front of the car this morning

Yesterday I had less than two hours in the morning to do some birding. So I went to Mogan. But I had to remove the ice from the car windows before leaving. Yes, it is still very cold during the night here in Ankara.

Long-legged Buzzard before making a kill

Long-legged Buzzard before making a kill

I started birding south of the lake and it was a joy. Larks were filling the skies with their song as the sun was rising. Awesome!

Crested Lark

Crested Lark

A distant Long-legged Buzzard made a kill and flashed its splendid colours. Several flocks of 50+ Ruddy Shelducks flew back and forth over the area and numbers of Marsh Harriers had increased to 10+ and two Hen Harriers were also present.

Bearded Tit

Bearded Tit

In spite of the cold mornings and the ice on the smaller ponds it felt like spring. Most significant was the arrival of 100+ Water Pipits (none in breeding plumage) and my first White Wagtail of the year.

Water Pipit

Water Pipit

Other birds included Green Sandpiper, Bearded Tits, Reed Buntings and Crested Larks.

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting

All in all a nice reminder of the spring party that is about to start! I had to leave the birding quite early has we needed to go to the doctor with our youngest. And as my wife leaves for the Faroes for a week I’ll probably not be able to do a lot of birding babysitting my kids… But I guess sacrificing birding (even Hudsonian Whimbrels in Isrsael) on the altar of parenthood isn’t a new thing… 🙂

Silas

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