TURKEY 2004

REPORT OF A BIRDING TRIP TO THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN PARTS OF TURKEY
JUNE THE 26TH TO JULY THE 18TH


© 2004 Kasper P Hendriks

Long-legged Buzzard @ Turkey © Wesley Overman


PLACES VISITED
A SYSTEMATIC LIST

12: Between Igdir and Dogubayazit

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
pelican spec. Pelecanus spp.
Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis
Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer
Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
Ortolan Bunting Emberizza hortulana

SPECIES: REMAINING
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Little Tern Sterna albifrons
Northern Little Owl Athene noctua indigena
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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NOTES ON THE AREA
In the morning of July the 3rd, we drove from our hotel at Igdir towards the Isak Pasa Palace along the D975. This road, by coincidence, turned out to be a birder's paradise. As we drove out of Igdir, we observed Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni and European Roller Coracia garrulous. Also, Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata sang along the road and could be observed during its song-flight. The most unexpected surprise was a huge group of Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus, just a few kilometres south of Igdir, where the road cuts through a habitat of lava. Large groups flew by as we stopped and huge groups were foraging on the ground. Few birds even came quite close to the road, and we had perfect views!

As we drove further along the road, we observed many more species. Unfortunately, we could not take all the time needed, for we had to visit the Isak Pasa Palace before temperatures would start to get extreme again. But, behind the village of Karabulka, ±15 kilometres north of Dogubayazit, we found a beautiful lake with on its background the very impressive Ararat Mountain. We had a quick search at the lake and found some waders Charadriiformes and terns Sternidae. Also, we observed a distant pelican spec. Pelecanus spp.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Hotels at Igdir and the very touristic Dogubayazit.






To find out more about the other places visited during our trip, just click one of the numbers below or one of the links on the right!

Route travelled through Turkey in 2004 Alanya surroundings Mediterranean coast road Göksu Delta Tarsus Delta Aladag Mountains: Demirkazik Between Sivas and Erzurum Gelinkaya, Sivri Kaya, Ovit Dagi Gecidi and surroundings Between Savsat and Ardahan Hills east and valley south of Ardahan Aktas Gölü and surroundings Between Igdir and Dogubayazit Isak Pasa Palace and surroundings Between Dogubayazit and Van Lake area Van Lake area, including Erçek Gölü and Van Hills Bulanik Area Nemrut Dagi near Tatvan Nemrud Dagi and surroundings, between Siverek and Adiyaman Birecik and surroundings Durnalik and surroundings Cyprus: Bellepais Monastery and surroundings Konya-Karaman-Eregli triangle Kulu Gölü Akseki and surroundings Click on one of the places visited!


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GENERAL

ITINERARY

PLACES VISITED
1:Alanya surroundings
2:Mediterranean coast road
3:Göksu Delta
4:Tarsus Delta
5:Aladag Mountains
6:Between Sivas and Erzurum
7:Sivri Kaya and surroundings
8:Between Savsat and Ardahan
9:Ardahan surroundings
10:Aktas Gölü
11:"Small Mast Lake"
12:Between Igdir and Dogubayazit
13:Isak Pasa Palace
14:Between Dogubayazit and Van Lake area
15:Van Lake area
16:Bulanik Area
17:Nemrut Dagi near Tatvan
18:Nemrud Dagi and surroundings
19:Birecik and surroundings
20:Durnalik and surroundings
21:Cyprus
22:Konya-Karaman-Eregli triangle
23:Kulu Gölü
24:Akseki and surroundings


BIRDS OBSERVED



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