Turkey - Day 5

We started very early this morning.

 

At 5 am. we started at our sleepingplace with a tractor to get up at > 3 000m to see the snowcocks. During our way we already saw some mountain birds: White throated Robin, Snowfinch, Chukar Partridge, Radde's Accentor,....

 

At +- 3 000m we stopped and walked the rest of the way. Our turkish quide (from our sleepingplace = Hassan) is every day up in the mountains for the snowcocks and know how to find and call them. After some minutes he already found 3 snowcocks which we could observe with our binoculars and telescopes (but to far for any photo..). We had not that much time to observe them because of the sunsrise the clouds start climb and our view was just 1-2m.

 

So we decided to descend.

On the foot of the mountain we searched for the Bimaculated Lark and found 3 individuals. Furthermore we had a beautiful Golden Eagle flying very close over us and we spotted the Saker Falcon again! Incredible to see a Saker Falcon two times in two days! The Falcon came from the mountain and went down in a canyon. It was very close so we decided to have a walk there. As we arrived - no falcon. But the canyon was really impressiv (no small lens with me..). But we found a breeding Kestrel and two Chukar Patridge.

 

In the afternoon we visited the other side of the mountain. A stunning place! Our guide (Silas) told us that there is a  possibility to see wolfs and bears at this place. But we were not lucky and saw only some sousliks and wild goats.

 

In total the two days in the mountais were really impressiv with beautiful landscapes and special mountain birds! We were really lucky to see 5 Wallcreeper in 2 days! Futhermore we saw many red-fronted Serins, Blue & Rufous-tailed Rock Thrushes, Snowfinches, Wheatears, Radde's Accentors, White Throated Robins, Golden Eagles and two times a Saker!

 

For the evening we drove to our next destination: Osmanyie

 

Birdlist

  Latin English German  
1.  (+) Tetraogallus caspius Caspian Snowcock Kaspikönigshuhn 3
2.
(+) Alectoris chuckar Chukar Partridge Chukarhuhn 4
3.
Ciconia ciconia White Stork Weißstorch 3
4.
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle Steinadler 2
5.
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard Adlerbussard 2
6.
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel Turmfalke
7.
Falco cherrug Saker Falcon Würgfalke 1
8.
(+) Columba livia Common Pigeon Felsentaube  
9.
Columba livia f. domestica Feral Pigeon Straßentaube  
10.
(+) Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared Dove Türkentaube  
11.
Bubo zeylonensis  Brown Fish Owl Fischuhu  
12.
(+) Strix aluco Tawny Owl Waldkauz 1
13.
(+) Otus scops Eurasian Scops Owl Zwergohreule 2
14.
Apus apus Common Swift Mauersegler  
15.
Tachymarptis melba Alpine Swift Alpensegler  
16.
Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe Wiedehopf  
17.
Merops apiaster European Bee-eater Bienenfresser  
18.
Galerida cristata Crested Lark Haubenlerche >10
19.
Lullula arborea Woodlark Heidelerche 4
20.
Calandrella brachydactyla Greater Short-toed Lark Kurzzehenlerche >30
21.
(+) Melanocorypha bimaculata Bimaculated Lark Bergkalanderleche >4
22.
Eremophila alpestris  Horned Lark Ohrenlerche

Subspecies:   penicillata      
23.
Ptyonoprogne rupestris Eurasian Crag Martin Felsenschwalbe  
24.
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow Rauchschwalbe  
25.
Delichon urbicum Common House Martin Mehlschwalbe >20
26.
Anthus campestris Tawny Pipit Brachpieper
27.
Motacilla alba White Wagtail Bachstelze  1
28.
(+) Cinclus cinclus White-throated Dipper Wasseramsel 2
29.
Prunella collaris Alpine Accentor Alpenbraunelle  3
30.
(+) Prunella ocularis Radde's Accentor Steinbraunelle >10
31.
Luscinia megahynchos Common Nightingale Nachtigall  
32.
(+) Irania gutturalis White-throated Robin Weißkehlsänger  
33.
Phoenicurus ochruros  Black Redstart Hausrotschwanz  

Subspecies:    semirufus      
34.
Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear Steinschmätzer  
35.
Oenanthe isabellina Isabelline Wheatear Isabellsteinschmätzer  
36.
Oenanthe hispanica 

 
  Subspecies: melanoleuca Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Balkansteinschmätzer  3
37.
Oenanthe finschii Finsch's Wheatear Felsensteinschmätzer >5
38.
Saxicola torquatus European Stonechat Schwarzkehlchen
39.
Turdus viscivorus Mistle Thrush Misteldrossel  1
40.
Turdus merula Common Blackbird Amsel  
41.
Monticola solitarius Blue Rock Thrush Blaumerle  
42.
(+) Monticola saxatilis Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Steinrötel 3
43.
Sylvia atricapilla Eurasian Blackcap Mönchsgrasmücke 2
44.
Sylvia curruca Lesser Whitethroat Klappergrasmücke  1
45.
Troglodytes troglodytes Eurasian Wren Zaunkönig 1
46.
Parus major Great Tit Kohlmeise >5 
47.
Periparus ater Coal Tit Tannenmeise >10
48.
Cyanistes caeruleus Eurasian Blue Tit Blaumeise  1
49.
Sitta krueperi Krüper's Nuthatch Türkenkleiber  2
50.
Sitta neumayer Western Rock Nuthatch Felsenkleiber >5 
51.
Tichodroma muraria Wallcreeper Mauerläufer 3
52.
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shirke Neuntöter >10
53.
Pica pica Eurasian Magpie Elster  
54.
Garrulus glandarius  Eurasian Jay Eichelhäher  
  Subspecies:    atricapillus      
55.
Corvus monedula Western Jackdaw Dohle  
56.
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Red-billed Cough Alpenkrähe  
57.
(+) Pyrrhocorax garulus Alpine Chough Alpendohle  
58.
Corvus cornix Hooded Crow Nebelkrähe  
59.
Corvus corax Northern Raven Kolkrabe  
60.
Sturnus vulgaris Common Starling Star  
61.
Passer domesticus House Sparrow Haussperling  
62.
Passer montanus Tree Sparrow Feldsperling  
63.
Petronia petronia Common Rock Sparrow Steinsperling 2
64.
(+) Montifringilla nivalis White-winged Snowfinch Schneesperling >10
65.
Fringilla coelebs Common Chaffinch Buchfink  2
66.
Carduelis cannabina Common Linnet Bluthänfling  

Subspecies:  bella     >10
67.
Carduelis carduelis European Goldfinch Stieglitz  
68.
(+) Carduleis chloris European Greenfinch Grünfink  
69.
Serinus serinus European Serin Girlitz  
70.
Serinus pusillus Red-fronted Serin Rotstirngirlitz  
80.
Emberiza cia Rock Bunting Zippammer >10

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