Winter in Ankara

Bullfinch male

Bullfinch male

 

Winter has come to Ankara. It is cold and in a few days time they promise down to minus 20 degrees. When it gets cold in Ankara it is kinda Scandinavian birding – or so it feels.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Bullfinch

Bullfinch

On January first I did the traditional birding around here. Bullfinches, Bramblings, Chaffinches, Goldcrests, Coal, Great, Long-tailed and Blue Tits. Might as well be Central Sweden for that matter.

Coal tit

Coal tit

But a nice surprise was a cool Firecrest. Regular, but not common in Ankara.

Firecrest

Firecrest

A visit to Lake Mogan gave 300+ Ruddy Shelducks, some Great White Egrets, Wigeons and Teal.

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

But Bearded Tits decided to be very very tame and gave amazing views.

Bearded Tit b5

Bearded Tit b2

Bearded Tit a9

Other birds included some Penduline Tits, Cetti’s Warblers and even a single Yellowhammer. Soon it is time for Nallihan, Kazan and the other cool places during winter 🙂

Penduline Tit a1

Penduline

 

Skylark a1

Skylark

 

Magpie a1

Magpie

 

Bullfinch a4

Bullfinch

Bullfinch a3

Bullfinch

 

Silas