Since I came back to Turkey after a great autumn back home on the Faroes birding has been a little slow. Weather is getting colder and temperatures during night have come down to below zero.
Mogan is pretty much on winter mode. During the last few days birds like Greater Short-toed Lark, Penduline Tit, Water Pipit, Green Sandpiper and Merlin have been around.
A nice surprise was an adult Goshawk flying over a few days ago.
But the best bird was beyond a doubt a very showy Cetti’s Warbler. Sometimes it can be very hard to get good views, but after turning of the car close to a ditch I came really close after half an hour. Maybe my best views ever.
I’ve also visited Kazan north of Ankara. It is a place where flocks of Yellowhammers tend to winter – and good numbers of Black Vultures are also around.
Pretty soon I found a flock of Black Vultures. They had probably found something as birds kept coming and soon in turned into a raptor party with 22 Black Vultures, several Long-legged Buzzards, 1 Eastern Imperial Eagle and two Golden Eagles present.
Then I checked the Yellowhammer-spot and soon found some Redwings, Dunnocks, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and a few Yellowhammers.
Then I located a yellowhammer-type bird with no yellow tinge to it at all. So I suspected it to be a juvenile/female Pine Bunting. The bird was only present for less then a minute before disappearing. I managed to get to photos against with white cloudy sky, but if they are enough to safely identify the bird I do not know.