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

5: Aladag Mountains: Demirkazik

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius
Chukar Alectoris chukar
Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis
Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus
Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguinea

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus brookei
Alpine Swift Apus melba
Eurasian Crag Martin Hirundo rupestris
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus amicorum
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
Alpine Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
Rock Bunting Emberizza cia

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Rock Dove Columba livia
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros ochruros
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina

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NOTES ON THE AREA
We arrived at the famous Safak brothers pension late in the evening, which didn't turn out to be a problem. We met Cávit Safak, who took us up into the mountains the next morning. Since we were with the four of us and the weather was tolerable, he chose to drive up the mountain with his Lada Niva instead of the usual tractor. After much rain, this would not have been possible, so we were lucky! We arrived (too) early. Weather was very cold. After some hours, we had not seen nor heard any Caspian Snowcocks Tetraogallus caspius, so we started to get uncomfortable. Normally, people at least hear the birds! Our problem was simple, though: a very harsh wind had started to blow over the mountains. Cávit drove down at 06:00h and we decided to wait and walk down later that morning, although Cávit told us our changes had got very ill. Irritated by the fact that we didn't observe any Caspian Snowcocks, we walked as far as possible up the mountains by ourselves. Suddenly, only at 09:40h, we heard the Curlew Numenius arquata-like call of a bird! Very tense, we sat down and waited for a bird to show itself. After half and hour, we found one flying and saw it through the telescope as it landed. Later, we observed one bird more. It was a crazy view, seeing a chicken run over a high and snowy mountain ridge!

Although the Caspian Snowcocks proved hard to find, almost all other birds were fairy easily found, as was Wild Goat Capra aegagrus. After observing the Snowcocks, we walked down the gorge described in Gosney as site 2. This gorge is very steep and at times absolutely dangerous for people with little climbing experience (such as us). But, Cávit told us to walk back through the gorge, so we trusted him and kept walking/climbing down. Very many birds were present there as well, so we do recommend this route to anyone, especially over driving back down!

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Accommodation at Safak brothers pension is recommended. See Gosney for the exact address. One can contact the pension through the following telephone number as well: 0090 388 724 70 39. Or, just email at safakpansion@hotmail.com.






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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