Today I went to Lake Mogan – less than one hours drive from Ankara. The lake has been suggested by local birders as a place where white-headed duck could be found. So I had high hopes of getting a new lifer. I primarily chechked the northeastern part of the lake. There are rather big areas with reeds along the shore and some marsh harriers flew around. Waders such as purple heron (10+), grey herons, squacco herons and one great white heron were nice birds. It acturally felt a bit like birding Florida, since many birds seemed to be quite approachable – even the kingfishers, which were common (7 seen).
At the reed area I was quite surprised to head and then see some little crakes. The called eagerly from the reeds, and finally I got a few poor pics – if I had the time good photos could probably have been obtained. I don’t know if they breed there, but it wouldn’t surprise me as I saw some 5 different birds.
Lake Mogan seems good for ducks. 10+ red-chrested pochards, 8 common pochards, garganey and mallards were nice birds, but I couldn’t find any white-headed ducks. Two black-necked grebes joined many little grebes and great crested grebes and red-rumped swallows flew over the lake.
There weren’t many passerines – a few chiffchaffs, goldfinches and a redstart were pretty much it and the same was the situation with raptors – a few common buzzards, one long-legged buzzard and a sparrowhawk was all. A nice surprise was a flock of 13 whiskered terns, 2 black terns and about 10 little gulls.
So all in all a good day at lake Mogan. Hopefully the white-headed duck will be found soon.