Turkey - Day 7

For the second day in Birecik we checked again a plantage of pistachio trees to find the Yellow Throated Sparrow. We already visited this area yesterday but we had no luck. Today we were more lucky and found some individuals. They probably just arrived from their over winterring place in India. 


After this good start (again) we drove to the turkish-syrian desert.

It was really special because the desert was green and full with flowers!! We were really lucky to be there. The desert is for only 2-3 weeks green! In some days the temperatur will rise and the whole vegetation start to burn and the green color change in yellow/orange.

Also the birds profited of this phenomenon! We had a huge migration of Shrikes, Warblers and Swifts!

The highlight of our trip to desert: See-see Partridge, Lesser Short-toed Lark and Desert Finch

We also had the great chance to see two Gazelles!


We were really fast to find/see what we wanted. So we decided to drive a bit in the desert to enjoy the 'green desert' phanomenon! Afterwards we drove back to Birecik to check again the green areas and the gravel-pits. 


On our way we saw a really big camp for refugees. In Birecik some children asked for some wood. We gave the only thing we had - our last snacks. We thought it's good to give something but the kids started to fight about it..


To be 7 days every time top fit with very less sleep and only (good & enough -> that mean no nuts) food in the evening made us very tired.

So we enjoyed the landscape and the good weather most time of the day! A day to relax and enjoy!


Maps

  Latin English German  
1. Anas platyrhynchos Mallard Stockente 2
2. (+) Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Duck Moorente 3
3. (+) Ammoperdix griseogularis See-see Partridge Persisches Wüstenhuhn 5
4. (+) Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe Zwergtaucher 1
5.
Ixobrychus minutus Little Bittern Zwergdommel  
6.
Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night Heron Nachtreiher >30
7.
Bubulucus ibis Cattle Egret Kuhreiher >20
8.
Ardeola ralloides Squacco Heron Rallenreiher 7
9.
Egretta garzetta Little Egret
Seidenreiher >30
10.
Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis Sichler >20
11.
Geronticus eremita Northern Bald Ibis Waldrapp >200
12.
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh Harrier Rohrweihe 1
13.
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard Adlerbussard 2
14.
Buteo buteo 

 
  Subspecies:        vulpinus Steppe Buzzard Falkenbussard 1
15. (+) Accipiter gentilis Northern Goshawk Habicht 1
16.
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel Turmfalke 2
17.
Falco subbuteo Eurasian Hobby Baumfalke 1
18.
Gallinula chloropus  Common Moorhen Teichhuhn >10
19.
Fulica atra Eurasian Coot Blässhuhn >10
20.
Vanellus spinosus Spur-winged Lapwing Spornkiebitz 2
21.
Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper Flussuferläufer 1
22. (+) Chroicocephalus ridibundus Black-headed Gull Lachmöwe >20
23.
Larus michahellis Yellow-legged Gull Mittelmeermöwe  
24.
Larus fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull Heringsmöwe  
25.
Columba livia f. domestica Feral Pigeon Straßentaube  
26. (+) Columba oenas Stock Dove Hohltaube 1
27.
Columba palumbus Common Wood Pigeon Ringeltaube 2
28.
Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared Dove Türkentaube  
29.
Streptopelia turtur European Turtle Dove Turteltaube  
30.
Stretopelia senegalensis Laughing Dove Palmtaube  
31. (+) Athene noctua Little Owl Steinkauz  

lillith      
32.
Apus apus Common Swift Mauersegler  
33.
Tachymarptis melba Alpine Swift Alpensegler >20
34. (+) Apus affinis Little Swift Haussegler 2
35.
Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe Wiedehopf 1
36.
Ceryle rudis Pied Kingfisher Graufischer 2
37.
Merops apiaster European Bee-eater Bienenfresser  
38.
Coracias garrulus European Roller Blauracke >10
39.
Dendrocopus syriacus Syrian Woodpecker Blutspecht 2
40.
Galerida cristata Crested Lark Haubenlerche  
41.
Calandrella brachydactyla Greater Short-toed Lark Kurzzehenlerche >20
42. (+) Calandrella rufescens Lesser Short-toed Lark Stummellerche 3
43.
Melanocorypha calandra Calandra Lark Kalanderlerche >5
44.
Riparia riparia Sand Martin Uferschwalbe  
45.
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow Rauchschwalbe  
46.
Ceropis daurica Red-rumped Swallow Rötelschwalbe 3
47.
Delichon urbicum Common House Martin Mehlschwalbe
48.
Motacilla alba White Wagtail Bachstelze 1
49.
Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear Steinschmätzer >10
50.
Oenanthe finschii Finsch's Wheatear Felsensteinschmätzer >30
51.
Turdus merula Common Blackbird Amsel  
52.
Sylvia nisoria Barred Warbler Sperbergrasmücke >10
53. (+) Sylvia communis Common Whitethroat  Dorngrasmücke >30
54.
Sylvia curruca Lesser Whitethroat Klappergrasmücke >3
55.
Sylvia mystacea Ménétries's Warbler Tamariskengrasmücke 1
56.
Cettia cetti  Cetti's Warbler  Seidensänger 2
57.
Acrocephalus scirpaceus European Reed Warbler Teichrohrsänger 1
58.
Acrocephalus arundinaceus Great Reed Warbler Drosselrohrsänger 2
59.
Hippolais languida Upcher's Warbler Dornspötter 1
60.
Iduna pallida Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Blassspötter >10
61.
Phylloscopus trochilus Willow Warbler Fitis 2
62.
Muscicapa striata Spotted Flycatcher Grauschnäpper >30
63.
Parus major Great Tit Kohlmeise >2
64.
Poecile lugubris Sombre Tit Balkanmeise 1
65.
Lanius minor Lesser Grey Shrike Schwarzstirnwürger >10
66.
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shirke Neuntöter >200
67.
Lanius senator Woodchat Shrike Rotkopfwürger >10
68.
Lanius nubicus Masked Shrike Maskenwürger 1
69. Turdoides altirostris Iraq Babbler Rieddrossling 1
70.
Corvus monedula Western Jackdaw Dohle  
71.
Corvus cornix Hooded Crow Nebelkrähe  
72.
Sturnus vulgaris Common Starling Star  
73.
Passer domesticus House Sparrow Haussperling  
74.
Passer hispaniolensis Spanish Sparrow Weidensperling >10
75. Passer moabiticus Dead Sea Sparrow Moabsperling 2
76.
Petronia petronia Common Rock Sparrow Steinsperling  
77. (+) Carpospiza brachydactyla Pale Rock Sparrow Fahlsperling >30
78. (+) Gymnoris xanthocollis Yellow-throated Sparrow Gelbkehlsperling >5
79.
Carduelis cannabina Common Linnet Bluthänfling >20
80.
Carduleis chloris European Greenfinch Grünfink  
81. (+) Rhodospiza obsoleta Desert Finch Weißflügelgimpel 3
82. (+) Emberiza cineracea Cinereous Bunting
Türkenammer
>3
83.
Emberiza melanocphala Black-headed Bunting Kappenammer  
84.
Emberiza calandra Corn Bunting Grauammer  

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