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

18: Nemrud Dagi and surroundings, between Siverek and Adiyaman

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes syriacus
Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna
Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum
Eastern Rock Nuthatch Sitta tephronota
Pale Rockfinch Carpospiza brachydactyla
Cinereous Bunting Emberizza cineracea semenowi

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
European Scops Owl Otus scops
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris penicillata
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe melanoleuca
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus tephronotus
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris anatoliae
Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator niloticus

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NOTES ON THE AREA
Nemrud Dagi and surroundings can we reached from the east by driving from Diyarbakir to Siverek and from here by taking a new road westwards (towards Kahta?). This road brings you to a ferryboat that crosses the river. The boat leaves once every two hours in both directions. If I remember this right, it left from the Siverek-side at 12:30h, 14:30, 16:30h etc. By the way, how many people do you think fit a 30-meter ferryboat?

The area surrounding the famous archaeological site of Nemrud Dagi, with its heads of stone on the top of an extremely high mountain, probably constitutes the best site in Turkey to find two important specialities. These are Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna and Cinereous Bunting Emberizza cineracea of the subspecies semenowi.

A short note in Birding World volume 14, number 8, by Daniele Occhiato explains where some good places can be found. We found this quite useful, and especially scored along the 'new road' to the top of the Nemrud Dagi, starting from Narince. A payment for this road is necessary if someone posts near the entrance, which in mainly not the case as we noted. The road is at times horrible, but birds compensate. Above that, the scenery from the top of Nemrud Dagi is truly magnificent! For mentioned specialities, try the bushes in the shallower gorges along the road. The wheatear also favours the stony gorges at lower altitudes, even near the military post near the entrance to the old road.

We paid a late-morning visit to the Settimio Severo's roman bridge too, but found little. The heat was probably the malefactor. Daniele Occhiato found singing males Chestnut-shouldered Petronia Petronia xanthocollis over here. I assume they should be present in May, though. Surely, they are easier to discover by then. Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum was also a species that wasn't easy to find! With a lot of effort, we had some lousy views, though, just north of Narince.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Campsites, as well as pensions, are present along the road north of Narince towards the entrance to the touristic road to the top. We found 'Karadut Pansiyon' a good one and had a fine meal in their garden. From the garden, we heard European Scops Owl Otus scops and Green Frogs Hyla savigny in the evening.






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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