The Ankara area actually offers some really spectacular possibilities for birding. Svend Erik and I visited some of the places close to Beypazari yesterday including Inozu Vadisi and Nallihan.
Right on arriving in Inozu birds like Rock Nuthatch, Black Stork, Alpine Swift, Black-eared Wheatear and Sombre Tits were seen.
The scenery in the lower part of the valley is just splendid as is the birding. Turtle Doves are nesting in the area and they can quite easily be seen flying around.
Further up the valley we located at least two pairs of Masked Shrikes and a single pair of Woodchat Shrikes. “Shriking” birds to say the least.
Cirl, Rock, Ortolan and Black-headed Buntings are all breeding in the area. With some patience they can all be seen at close range.
A good surprise was at least 5 Eastern Orphean Warblers and two Sardinian Warblers, that all have quite good views.
A little further up the valley Craig Martins, Red-rumped Swallows and a single Middle Spotted Woodpecker were around.
We then headed up to mountains to look for White-throated Robins. We soon located 1-2 males and a female. But the real highlight for we were at least 4 Barred Warblers having disputes over their territories.
On the way back we of course stopped at the rubbish dump and enjoyed the Egyptian Vultures.
We then headed to Nallihan, where is found lots of good birds including White-tailed Sea Eagle, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Armenian Gull and much more.
In total the tour list reached 170 species in 3 days.