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

8: Between Savsat and Ardahan

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomerina
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris penicillata
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
Rock Bunting Emberizza cia
Ortolan Bunting Emberizza hortulana

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
Northern Little Owl Athene noctua indigena
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
Common House Martin Delichon urbica
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta coutelli
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
Common Raven Corvus corax
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina
Twite Carduelis flavirostris brevirostris
Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

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NOTES ON THE AREA
Gosney has not described this area. The idea to visit came from A Birdwatchers Guide to Turkey by Ian Green and Nigel Moorhouse. Also, we did not read about the area in past trip reports. Still, the area is surely worth a visit and an excellent combination is possible if you are to visit Aktas Gölü or the Isak Pasa Palace after a visit to Sivri Kaya.

Between Savsat and Ardahan we encountered a high plateau, which is said to be a pass called Çam Geçidi, but is not recognizable as one for almost the whole area is at a considerable altitude. Some mountains species live here, and the weather is very cold and cloudy. Apart from the birds, we noted a Red Fox Vulpes vulpes with a remarkably light-colored fur.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Good hotels are to be found at Savsat. Ardahan should have some, too.






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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