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

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