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

14: Between Dogubayazit and Van Lake area

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis
Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguinea
Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis

SPECIES: REMAINING
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

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NOTES ON THE AREA
As along the road between Igdir and Dogubayazit, the road between Dogubayazit and the Van Lake area is a very nice birding experience. Probably because we drove this road, numbered D975, in the afternoon, we did not see as many species as along the former mentioned part of this road.

A few kilometres south of Dogubayazit, the road crosses a lava-covered rocky landscape. Here, we observed some of the interesting high-mountain species, including Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguinea, foraging close along the road and therefore easily visible from the car. Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina seemed to be common along great parts of this road.

About 10 or 20 kilometres north of the city of Muradiye, the road crosses an area of shallow lakes. They look very promising, but we hardly saw any interesting birds there. Some Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus were present and, more interesting, two Dice Snakes Natrix tessellata in the water next to the road.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Not really applicable. One can bird along this road during the driving trip between Isak Pasa Palace and the Van Lake area, or make a daytrip from the Van Lake area only.






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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