Two days ago Svende and I went birding north of Gerede. The area is truly amazing with very old and pristine forests. Green, Grey-headed, Black, Syrian, Great Spotted, Lesser Spotted and possible Middle Spotted and White-backed Woodpeckers occur in the area.
The forest contains many of the species associated with Scandinavian forests.
Our target species was Green Warbler though. It is known to occur in Bolu and I’ve found a few birds in earlier years. But yesterday I was choked. During a few hours we found 30+ Green Warblers singing in the area.
They only occur in very specific habitats, but at those habitats they are amazingly common. Due to bad weather and heavy rain birding soon became almost impossible we went fairly quickly back to Ankara.
Yesterday we checked Mogan where 5 species of Terns, all the common herons and Little Bitterns were seen. Also several Lesser Kestrels and a Short-toed Snake Eagle were seen.