Tern day in Turkey

Gull-billed Tern with the snowy Elmadaglar in the background.

I am currently in Turkey. There hasn’t been a whole lot of time birding, but a occational Lesser Kestrel, Red-rupmed Swallow, Black Kite and Syrian Woodpecker have made their way to the book.

This morning I went to Mavi Göl. It is a piknik area which is can offer some fair birding. The good (or bad) thing is that almost all of the natural habitat (reeds and scrubs) have been destroyed, but the few remaing untouched areas are very good for warblers. And today was no exception.

Those acros are made for in-hand-identification!

The reeds produced several Common Nightingales, Reed Warblers, Great Reed Warblers, Marsh Warblers, Willow Warblers and Cetti’s Warblers. Last year Savi’s Warbler was a safe bet too, but I didn’t see any.

Common Nightingale

It seems like there are still a lot of birds that haven’t come. But there was snow here as late as 3-4 weeks ago, so plants and trees haven’t really turned all that green yet. Thus I only found two Squacco Herons in the area.

Squacco Heron

It was a little unexpected that a Gull-billed Tern was present and gave good views – and actually it turned out to be a tern day as I also saw Arctic, White-winged and Black Terns at the lake.

Squacco Heron

SiO

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