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

9: Hills east and valley south of Ardahan

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla feldegg
Caucasian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus lorenzii

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomerina
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Eurasian Crag Martin Hirundo rupestris
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe melanoleuca
Ortolan Bunting Emberizza hortulana

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
Common Swift Apus apus
Eaurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Western Jackdaw Corvus monedula soemmerringii
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix sharpii
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

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NOTES ON THE AREA
The Ardahan area borders directly to the area described in the section Between Savsat and Ardahan. We drove from the Çam Geçidi pass towards Ardahan, had a look just east of Ardahan at the pine forest hills for raptors and drove a few kilometres south to a river and its valley.

When exploring this area, try to drive south out of Ardahan and in the direction of Erzurum. After a few kilometres, turn west towards a small town called Yalnisçam. You will cross the river after some kilometres. The scenery is extremely green and the weather agreeable. As at many places more, we ran into some friendly locals, some of who spoke English. More about the area and about where to find the best places for raptor watching can be found in A Birdwatchers Guide to Turkey by Ian Green and Nigel Moorhouse.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Hotels are most probably present at Ardahan and surely at Kars.






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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