A SYSTEMATIC LIST
6: Between Sivas and Erzurum
Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla feldegg
Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Common Crane Grus grus
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe melanoleuca
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra
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NOTES ON THE AREA
We followed this road, since it is the shortest from Demirkazik towards the famous Sivri Kaya. The drive was very long, but most of the roads were reasonable. Along the road, species such as Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala and Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus turned out to be very common. A great number of larks Alaudidae and wheatears Oenanthe spp. flew up along the road almost constantly. Unfortunately, only a little number was checked because of a lack of time and the busyness on the road at most places. We suspect many, if not most, of the larks to have been Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata. As we stopped at a suspect bird, it indeed turned out to be a very nice showing individual.
NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
It is possible to drive from Demirkazik or the not too far Sultan Marshes to Sivri Kaya within one day, but a very early start is necessary. We left Demirkazik at the end of the afternoon and had a sleep in a dirty motel at Gemerik, about 80km northeast of Kayseri. If you'd like to stop at all the promising looking places, I'd advice you to take two whole days for the mentioned drive. It is surely worth it!
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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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