April birding

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Again I must confess that I’ve been lazy updating the blog. But all the birds around do no leave too much time for the internet.

White Pelican

White Pelican

Since mid April birding has been awesome. Mogan has contained hundreds of Little Crakes, all the European herons except Little Bittern, lots of wagtails, red-throated pipits and much more.

Stone Curlew

Stone Curlew

For the past week I’ve been birding with Danish friends in central Anatolia. Highlights around Kulu, Beypazari and Sultan Sazligi included Pallas’ Gull 2, Lesser Flamingo, Golden Jackal, Semi-coloured Flycatcher, Caspian Tern, Eagle-owl, Imperial Eagle, Stone Curlew, White Pelican and much more.

Golden Jackal

Golden Jackal

Lesser Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

It has been very cold and last week it was even snowing in Ankara.

Caspian Snowcock

Caspian Snowcock

We also visited Aladaglar, but the road to the classic Caspian Snowcock place was closed by snow. But it turned out to be our advantage.

Caspian Snowcock

Caspian Snowcock

We found Caspian Snowcock at lower altitude and they gave good views (in a telescope).

Wild Goats

Wild Goats

Rufus Rock Thrush

Rufus Rock Thrush

In a village below Demirkazik we even found 2 Raddes’ Accentors, Rock Thrushes, Snowfich, many Shorelarks, Red-fronted Serins and 4 Wallcreepers.

Radde's Accentor

Radde’s Accentor

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

All in all we saw a total of 214 species in a weeks time.

Silas

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Spring explosion

White-headed Duck a1

White-headed Duck

A few days ago I took a trip south of Ankara. First stop was Lake Uyuz, where birds like White-headed Duck, Black-necked Grebe and Grey-lag Goose were present.

It was raining, but that is actually a god thing during migration as many birds make landfall. Walking along the reed bed produced Savi’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Little Crakes and Bluethroat.

Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler

Common Nightingale

Common Nightingale

Then I continued to Kulu. Not all the classic birds have arrived yet, but 6 Citrine Wagtails, lots of Red-throated Pipits, 3 Marsh Sandpipers, Spur-winged Plover, 2 Wrynecks, 3 Common Nightingales, Wood Warblers, Collared Flycatchers and Lesser Short-toed Larks were all nice to see.

Wryneck a1

Wryneck

Wryneck mad at a Redstart

Wryneck mad at a Redstart

Then I checked Kozanli. Highlights were Caspian Tern, 6 Collared Pranticoles, Marsh Sandpipers, Gull-billed Tern, Great White Pelican, Wryneck, Little Crakes, Cuckoo, Cattle Egret and much more.

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

At Karacadag Lesser Kestrels have returned to their breeding grounds. About 30 individuals were seen.

Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel

Silas

More Spring

Great Bittern

Great Bittern

Spring is here and every time I get out new species have arrived. During the last weeks birds like White Stork, Barn Swallow, Hoopoe, Wood Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis, Little Egret and Moustached Warbler have arrived.

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

A few hours in the field around Mogan with Kuzey Cem provided amazing views of a Great Bittern – by far the best encounters I’ve ever had with the species.

Great Bittern

Great Bittern

Moustached Warbler

Moustached Warbler

Other good birds included Citrine Wagtail, Purple Heron and at least two Bluethroats. But probably the biggest surprise was a male Sardinian Warbler – a rare gues to Mogan.

Bluethroat

Bluethroat

Sardinian Warbler

Sardinian Warbler

167 Black-tailed Godwits, hundreds of Wagtails and the first Red-throated Pipit are also cool. The time is coming when a whole day of birding in Mogan is not waste of time.

Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

My first Little Crake of the year was first chased and later caught by a Marsh Harrier. A quite cool sight.

Little Crake - dead

Little Crake – dead

A trip to Kizlicahaman gave good views of Cirl Bunting, Black Vulture, Kruper’s Nuthatch, Rock Bunting and Great Spotted Eagle.

Cirl Bunting

Cirl Bunting

Silas