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.
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.
But a nice surprise was a cool Firecrest. Regular, but not common in Ankara.
A visit to Lake Mogan gave 300+ Ruddy Shelducks, some Great White Egrets, Wigeons and Teal.
But Bearded Tits decided to be very very tame and gave amazing views.
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 🙂