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

24: Akseki and surroundings

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Lilford's White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos lilfordi
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum
Rüppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppellii
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis
Krüper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberizza caesia

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
European Scops Owl Otus scops
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe melanoleuca
Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus tephronotus
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris anatoliae
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius atricapillus
Cirl Bunting Emberizza cirlus

SPECIES: REMAINING
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor
Woodlark Lullula arborea
Common Blackbird Turdus merula
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Coal Tit Parus ater
Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix sharpii
Common Raven Corvus corax
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
European Serin Serinus serinus
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

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NOTES ON THE AREA
The descriptions of the area by Gosney in Finding Birds in Turkey – Ankara to Birecik are very good, although a single note follows below. Therefore, references to this booklet are made above. Because of a remainder of time, we spend two nights is the small and cosy village of Akseki. From here, we did some relaxed birding at all spots described by Gosney. Though, the area can be birded within half a day if you only want to see the real speciality, being Krüper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi. Other interesting species can also be found in the same morning, but cannot be guarantied, or at least not in summer. These include Lilford's White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos lilfordi, Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum and Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberizza caesia. Species easily found are Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius, Sombre Tit Parus lugubris anatoliae and Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus.

The graveyard described by Gosney turned out to be hardly interesting at the time of our visit. Most important, trees and shrub were way too dense. Did not seem very good for Olive-tree Warbler, at least. If one is in a hurry, do omit Gosney site 3, but go straight ahead to Gosney site 4, the “new” White-backed Woodpecker site. Here you will find lots of species more, including all species present at site 3. Moreover, it can be more easily accessed. The place is also housing an extreme amount of Persian Squirrels Sciurus anomalus. Gosney site 1, the 'walled plantation', holds these animals as well. Besides, the Damla restaurant mentioned by Gosney is called Toros these days and it is just a hundred metres south of the junction with the road towards Akseki from the main road D695, instead of the drawn one kilometre.

This is one of those typical areas where most places are not visited by birders, because everyone just heads for the famous spots. I think many birds more can be found by just wandering around. Most places in this area look very exciting at least.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Two large and good quality hotels are present at Akseki, both with their own restaurants. Hotel Duruk and hotel Star are both in the small centre of the town and cost the same. Strange to note that we were the only visitors in a hotel with over 30 rooms!






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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