Green Warblers in Bolu

Green Warbler

Green Warbler

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.

Siskin

Siskin

The forest contains many of the species associated with Scandinavian forests.

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

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.

Mistle Thursh

Mistle Thursh

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.

Short-toed Snake Eagle at Mogan

Short-toed Snake Eagle at Mogan

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.

Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel

Hoopoes in display

Hoopoes in display

 

Silas

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