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

7: Gelinkaya, Sivri Kaya, Ovit Dagi Gecidi and surroundings

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Caucasian Grouse Tetrao mlokosiewiczi
Bright-green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus
Caucasian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus lorenzii
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis
Rock Bunting Emberizza cia
Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris penicillata
White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus amicorum
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris
Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius atricapillus
Twite Carduelis flavirostris brevirostris

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Woodlark Lullula arborea
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta coutelli
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros ochruros
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Marsh Tit Parus palustris
European Blue Tit Parus caeruleus
Great Tit Parus major
Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus caspius
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula

To obtain information about the numbers and exact places we observed these species, please download the complete trip report in pdf-format from the QUICK LINKS! on the right.

NOTES ON THE AREA
As we started driving north from the road towards Erzurum, we immediately visited Gelinkaya, described by Gosney. The site as truly worth a visit and must be the easiest place to observe Caucasian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus lorenzii.

When arriving at Sivri Kaya, which is a very tiny village, ask for Mustapha Sari. Unfortunately, he hardly speaks English. But, he is very friendly and is willing to show Caucasian Grouse Tetrao mlokosiewiczi (“Blackcock”) for a reasonable amount of money. And he knows the best places for sure! We drove up the mountains east of Sivri Kaya with him. The road we took was very narrow and steep and certain parts, and had even more narrowed were parts had disappeared into the gorges. So, steel nerves are absolutely necessary! But, in spite of our visit in July, which is about a month too late, Mustapha showed us five males foraging! We were absolutely relieved by this observation, because lots of stories were read about people searching for this bird for two days, and they would only see a flying bird. The birds we saw were at quite a distance, but we did not have to disturb them and had many time to have a good look. If you join Mustapha, you will be amazed by his sharp view.
Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus was also present on one of the facing hillsides.

Near the northern wooden buildings at Sivri Kaya, we walked a small dirt track down towards the river. We crossed the river and saw the many species mentioned above by following the track north along the river for just a few hundred meters. On the track, Mustapha showed us recent excrements of Brown Bear Ursus arctos.

At the end of our visit, we had a look at Ovit Dagi as well. Place described by Gosney. Here, a glacier can be found, as well as streams and a pool with very fresh melt water. A very interesting place. Too bad thick clouds came up as we visited the place, for it is said to be a good site for Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
As we did, try to sleep at the teahouse in Sivri Kaya. The owner will not ask very much, make you a breakfast and is very friendly. Otherwise, there is a hotel a few kilometres north of Sivri Kaya. But, it is said this hotel is very expensive and employees are unfriendly.






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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