Turkey - Day 6

We had a good start with a sunrise and breakfast at the 5. floor. Beautiful view over Osmanyie.

 

In the morning we started to explore some wetlands around and found some Beeaters, White-throated Kingfisher, Nightherons, Lesser Grey Shrike and Orioles.

 

After this short stop we continued our way to Birecik. First we stopped at a green area  and later at an old gravel-pit to check for new birds.

Special brids: Dea Sea Sparrow, Iraq Babbler, Pygmy Comoran and a mixed flock of free and not free Bald Ibis.

 

The area get used from many refugees who installed tents and try to survive. They all lives outside oft he city, have nothing and hope to go back one day.. An old women came to us and asked if we could help her. Our guide (Silas) who was able to talk their language gave her some bread. We couldn't do more..

 

We stayed in the area for some hours. For the midday it started to get really hot and we decided to go to a café and have a tea/coffee. At the same place we searched for the Pallid Scops Owl who use this place since years. We splitted in two teams to search the owl. After 10min they called us. The owl stayed quite on a branch near the trunk. She/He was smaller than some mobile phones are today. After a while we heard the noice of a police car and the owl really didn't like it. So she/he tried to follow this noice and got higher and closer to the street.

 

Later we drove to Syria.

Our guide talked with friends and was informed about the situation. It was everything okay so we decided to have a look. We parked the car 4km away and had a look to Syria. On the way there we passed a big camp for refugees..

At this place we could also make some good shots of an horny Black Francolin and a Ménétries Warbler.

 

For the evening we met some kurdish friend of Silas (our Guide). It was a nice evening. We learned a lot about their culture and tried to have conversations. 

 

& The citys and villages are no more 'western sytl' but get more and more the 'east styl'

&& Most of the photos of the city/villages are made from the inside of the car. Becaus of two reasons:

  1. We had no time to stop for photos.
  2. We didn't want to get to much attention.

 

Map

Birdlist

  Latin English German  
1.  Anas platyrhynchos Mallard Stockente  
2.
Netta rufina Red-crested Pochard Kolbenente >30
3.
Pternistis atrifrons Black Francolin Halsbandfrankolin 2
4.
Alectoris chuckar Chukar Partridge Chukarhuhn  
5.
Podiceps cristatus Great Crested Grebe Haubentaucher  
6.
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant Kormoran  
7. (+) Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant Zwergscharbe >50
8. (+) Ixobrychus minutus Little Bittern Zwergdommel 2
9. (+) Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night Heron Nachtreiher >10
10.
Bubulucus ibis Cattle Egret Kuhreiher >30
11.
Egretta garzetta Little Egret
Seidenreiher >20
12.
Ardea cinera Grey Heron Graureiher 1
13.
Ciconia ciconia White Stork Weißstorch >20
14.
Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis Sichler 4
15. (+) Geronticus eremita Northern Bald Ibis Waldrapp >200
16.
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard Adlerbussard >5
17.
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel Turmfalke 2
18.
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon Wanderfalke 1
19.
Gallinula chloropus  Common Moorhen Teichhuhn 2
20.
Fulica atra Eurasian Coot Blässhuhn 3
21. (+) Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt Stelzenläufer  
22. (+) Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover Flussregenpfeifer  
23.
Vanellus spinosus Spur-winged Lapwing Spornkiebitz >10
24.
Calidris ferruginea Curlew Sandpiper Sichelstrandläufer 1
25.
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper Bruchwasserläufer 2
26.
Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper Flussuferläufer 1
27.
Numenius arquat Eurasian Curlew Großer Brachvogel 1
28.
Philomachus pugnax Ruff Kampfläufer >10
29.
Larus michahellis Yellow-legged Gull Mittelmeermöwe  
30.
Larus fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull Heringsmöwe  
  Subspecies:        heuglini  Heuglin's Gull Tundramöwe
>1
31. (+) Chlidonias hybrida Whiskered Tern Weißbart-Seeschwalbe 5
32.
Columba livia f. domestica Feral Pigeon Straßentaube  
33. (+) Columba palumbus Common Wood Pigeon Ringeltaube  
34. Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared Dove Türkentaube 2
35.
Stretopelia senegalensis Laughing Dove Palmtaube  
36. (+) Otus brucei Pallid Scops Owl Streifenohreule 1
37.
Apus apus Common Swift Mauersegler  
38. (+) Apus pallidus Pallid Swift Fahlsegler 2
39.
Tachymarptis melba Alpine Swift Alpensegler >10
40. Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe Wiedehopf 2
41. (+) Halcyon smyrensis White-throate Kingfisher Braunliest 3
42. (+) Ceryle rudis Pied Kingfisher Graufischer 2
43.
Merops apiaster European Bee-eater Bienenfresser >30
44.
Coracias garrulus European Roller Blauracke >10
45.
Dendrocopus syriacus Syrian Woodpecker Blutspecht 1
46. Galerida cristata Crested Lark Haubenlerche  
47.
Lullula arborea Woodlark Heidelerche  
48.
Riparia riparia Sand Martin Uferschwalbe  
49.
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow Rauchschwalbe  
50.
Ceropis daurica Red-rumped Swallow Rötelschwalbe  
51.
Delichon urbicum Common House Martin Mehlschwalbe  
52.
Anthus campestris Tawny Pipit Brachpieper 1
53.
Motacilla alba White Wagtail Bachstelze  
54.
Cercotrichas galactotes Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Heckensänger 2
55.
Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear Steinschmätzer  
56.
Oenanthe hispanica 

 
  Subspecies: melanoleuca Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Balkansteinschmätzer  
57. Turdus merula Common Blackbird Amsel  
58.
Sylvia nisoria Barred Warbler Sperbergrasmücke 2
59.
Sylvia atricapilla Eurasian Blackcap Mönchsgrasmücke 2
60.
Sylvia curruca Lesser Whitethroat Klappergrasmücke >5
61.
Sylvia crassirostris Eastern Orphean Warbler Nachtigallengrasmücke 3
62. (+) Sylvia mystacea Ménétries's Warbler Tamariskengrasmücke 3
63.
Cettia cetti  Cetti's Warbler  Seidensänger 1
64.
Acrocephalus scirpaceus European Reed Warbler Teichrohrsänger 1
65.
Acrocephalus arundinaceus Great Reed Warbler Drosselrohrsänger >2
66. (+) Hippolais languida Upcher's Warbler Dornspötter 2
67.
Iduna pallida Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Blassspötter >5
68.
Phylloscopus trochilus Willow Warbler Fitis 1
69. (+) Muscicapa striata Spotted Flycatcher Grauschnäpper 1
70.
Parus major Great Tit Kohlmeise 2
71.
Poecile lugubris Sombre Tit Balkanmeise 1
72.
Sitta krueperi Krüper's Nuthatch Türkenkleiber  
73.
Sitta neumayer Western Rock Nuthatch Felsenkleiber  
74. (+) Sitta tephronota Eastern Rock Nuthatch Klippenkleiber 4
75. (+) Lanius minor Lesser Grey Shrike Schwarzstirnwürger 2
76.
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shirke Neuntöter >20
77.
Lanius senator Woodchat Shrike Rotkopfwürger >10
78.
Lanius nubicus Masked Shrike Maskenwürger 1
79. Pyconotus xanthopygos White-spectacled Bulbul Gelbsteißbülbül  
80. (+) Turdoides altirostris Iraq Babbler Rieddrossling 3
81.
Sturnus vulgaris Common Starling Star  
82.
Passer domesticus House Sparrow Haussperling  
83. (+) Passer moabiticus Dead Sea Sparrow Moabsperling 3

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