Update from snowy Ankara

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

I’ve been rather lazy posting lately. But I’ve been around doing some winter birding. January and February have been cold. Down to -23 C. It is still freezing, but only -5. So spring feels a bit far away.

But the typical winter birds are in place. A few weeks ago I went to Kazan to search for Pine Buntings. But maybe due to very cold temperatures the normally large Yellowhammer flocks were almost gone. But Kruper’s Nuthatch, Sombre Tit, Bramblings and Firecrests are always cool. But the highlight was close encounters with a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker male.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

 

Around Mogan spring is slowly starting to show in spite of ice and snow. Meadow and Water Pipits have arrived in small numbers as well as a few Green Sandpipers.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

 

But it is still the winter birds that dominate. Hundreds of Chaffinches and Bramblings are around the cultivated areas.

Brambling

Brambling

A few Skylarks, Serins, many Goldfinches, Bearded Reedlings and Penduline Tits are around.

Skylark

Skylark

But the biggest surprise has been Yellowhammer flocks of more than 20 birds. Some have been close to female Pine Buntings, but still no cigar.

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

Silas

 

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