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

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