Mogan is getting started

Long-legged Buzzard

Long-legged Buzzard

This morning I went out early in order to be around Mogan at dawn. I started west of the lake to in order to take advantage of the rising sun.

It was just 4 celsius at sunrise, but it soon became really nice and warm. Spring is here and so are the birds. I soon found the first Garganeys and Purple Herons of the year.

Little Crake

Little Crake

Along the lake side a nice male Little Crake was joined by a Moustached Warbler and a Kingfisher. A bit later a female Little Crake came swimming by.

Red-crested Pochard

Red-crested Pochard

Just south of the lake a lot of construction is going on, so it is hard to bird there. But the first two Lesser Kestrels, a few Black-winged Stilts and two Hoopoes were around.

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Further south the birding was good too. My first Tawny Pipit and Red-throated Pipit were in the small flooded areas and a few Yellow and a single Citrine Wagtail were also present.

Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

Isabelline and Northern Wheatears have arrived and were joined by a single but stunning Black-eared Wheatear.

Ruff

Ruff

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Small numbers of shorebirds are building up including Ruff, Green and Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank and Little Ringed Plovers.

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

A few hundred White Storks were joined by a few Black Storks as well.

Eagle

Eagle

At one point a large and heavy eagle flew by, but I only saw it from behind – and only got some crappy photos. Could be a subad Steppe Eagle or Eastern Imperial Eagle, but I am not sure.

Eagle

Eagle

All in all it was a very good day with many new year ticks, (Red-throated Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear, Garganey, Moustached Warbler, Purple Heron etc) but numbers were quite low. But in two weeks time it’s gonna be wild 🙂 We just need some bad weather now.

Merlin

Merlin

Little Owl

Little Owl

Silas

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