A SYSTEMATIC LIST
13: Isak Pasa Palace and surroundings
Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis
Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus
Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguinea
Mongolian Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes mongolicus
Grey-necked Bunting Emberizza buchanani
Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Alpine Swift Apus melba
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Common Swift Apus apus
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
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NOTES ON THE AREA
Many people have visited the Isak Pasa Palace since the discovery of Mongolian Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes mongolicus at this site in the early 90's. Ever since, it has been the only regular site for this species within the Western Palearctic. This site has not been properly discussed by Dave Gosney, probably because this site has been 'discovered' after the publication of this guide. A Birdwatchers Guide to Turkey by Ian Green and Nigel Moorhouse does describe this area properly. To offer something extra, I made a sketch of the area surrounding the palace and pointed out were we found the important species. In recent trip reports, I noted some people have missed the Mongolian Trumpeter Finches. This might be caused by the fact these birders did not explore the area that is a few hundred meters beyond the palace, probably caused by other trip reports only mentioning the Isak Pasa Palace as the place they observed their species. It is important, though, to visit the area that lies beyond the palace!
As can be seen on the above map, one can park their car at the palace, as well as a few hundred meters further. You will not miss very much by parking at the higher second and larger parking. From here, walk upwards a few hundred meters along the mountain ridge on your left. Along the track, Asia Minor Ground Squirrel Spermophilus xantoprymnus is abundant. A bulge coming towards you from the high mountain ridge holds some old ruins, being not more than a few stones put together. This bulge turned out to be our best place for Mongolian Trumpeter Finch. A male Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii also appeared in front of the ridge on our left. The fields in front of you as you walk upwards hold Grey-necked Bunting Emberizza buchanani; we had two singing males at least. Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus passes by calling regularly. If you are lucky, you can see them sit on the same rocks scattered through the field that are used by the buntings as singing posts. They never sit down for a long time, unfortunately. Nice bonuses here for us included a fabulous threesome Lammergeiers Gypaetus barbatus, joined by a single immature Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos.
NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Accommodation is available at nearby Dogubayazit.
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2:Mediterranean coast road
6:Between Sivas and Erzurum
7:Sivri Kaya and surroundings
8:Between Savsat and Ardahan
11:"Small Mast Lake"
12:Between Igdir and Dogubayazit
13:Isak Pasa Palace
14:Between Dogubayazit and Van Lake area
15:Van Lake area
17:Nemrut Dagi near Tatvan
18:Nemrud Dagi and surroundings
19:Birecik and surroundings
20:Durnalik and surroundings
24:Akseki and surroundings
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