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.
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.
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.
It has been very cold and last week it was even snowing in Ankara.
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.
We found Caspian Snowcock at lower altitude and they gave good views (in a telescope).
In a village below Demirkazik we even found 2 Raddes’ Accentors, Rock Thrushes, Snowfich, many Shorelarks, Red-fronted Serins and 4 Wallcreepers.
All in all we saw a total of 214 species in a weeks time.