White-throated Robin

This is the second section of the trip report and contains details and photos of the birds and wildlife seen. This section spans several pages: a link to the next page appears at the bottom of this one, or go to the report index.

For details of the itinerary and photos of scenery and historic sites, go to the first section.

 

Larks to Accentors

 

Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra - At least 18 seen, all from the road between sites, either in the east (either side of Birecik) or north (mainly in Cappadocia).

Calandra Lark, W of Sanliurfa, 13-May-10 Calandra Lark, W of Sanliurfa, 13-May-10

Calandra Lark, west of Şanliurfa, 13th May

Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata - Smaller numbers in the same areas as the last species, plus 2 at Demirkazık - a total of 8 in all.

Bimaculated Lark, Demirkazik, 17-May-10  

Bimaculated Lark, Demirkazık, 17th May

Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla - At least 36 seen at a variety of locations.

Short-toed Lark, Karakus tumulus, 15-May-10  

Short-toed Lark, Karakus tumulus (near Nemrut Dağı Milli Parkı), 15th May

Crested Lark Galerida cristata - Very common in most areas, often in the middle of main roads; probably 300 or more in total.

Crested Lark, Goksu Delta, 9-May-10 Crested Lark, Goksu Delta, 9-May-10

Crested Lark, Göksu Delta, 9th May

 

Crested Lark, Goksu Delta, 9-May-10 Crested Lark, Birecik, 13-May-10

Crested Lark, Göksu Delta, 9th May

Crested Lark, Birecik, 13th May

Woodlark Lullula arborea - A total of 6 singing birds at scattered locations.

Shore Lark (Horned Lark) Eremophila alpestris - Very different from the birds that winter round here, birds belonging to the form penicillata were at Nemrut Dağı and Demirkazık with at least 2 pairs breeding at both sites. At the first 2 juveniles were seen (and were nearly run over in the road) and at the latter site another bird got out of the road and settled down on what appeared to be a nest close by.

Shore Lark, Demirkazik, 16-May-10 Shore Lark, Demirkazik, 16-May-10

Shore Lark, Demirkazık, 16th May

 

Shore Lark, Nemrut Dagi, 15-May-10 Shore Lark, Nemrut Dagi, 16-May-10

Shore Larks, Nemrut Dağı, 15th-16th May

Sand Martin Riparia riparia - Largest numbers at Göksu Delta and especially at Birecik.

Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris - Small numbers at Demirkazık but commoner in Cappadocia with total of about 30 in Ihlara and Monastery Valleys.

Swallow Hirundo rustica - Easily the commonest and most widespread hirundine.

Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica - More than 20 seen, many of them while driving between sites, especially between Antalya and Silifke.

Red-rumped Swallow, Karadut, 15-May-10 Red-rumped Swallow, Karadut, 15-May-10

Red-rumped Swallows, Karadut (Nemrut Dağı), 15th-16th May

House Martin Delichon urbicum - Common and widespread though much smaller numbers compared to Swallow.

Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) feldegg - A pair breeding at Manavgat and 10 at Göksu Delta.

Black-headed Wagtail, Goksu Delta, 9-May-10 Black-headed Wagtail, Goksu Delta, 9-May-10

Black-headed Wagtails, Göksu Delta, 9th May

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - One at Karadut (Nemrut Dağı).

White Wagtail Motacilla alba - A little scarcer than perhaps expected with 1-2 at just 5 sites.

White Wagtail, Demirkazik, 16-May-10 White Wagtail, Demirkazik, 16-May-10

White Wagtail, Demirkazık, 16th May

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes - One heard singing towards the end of the holiday, but I failed to make a note of where it was. Akseki possibly.

Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis - One singing just in front of us (and then behind us) while we looked for the Caspian Snowcocks at Demirkazık.

Radde's Accentor, Demirkazik, 17-May-10 Radde's Accentor, Demirkazik, 17-May-10

Radde's Accentor, Demirkazık, 17th May

Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris - One singing, then 3 chasing each other around, then 1-2 singles in a slightly different place, all while we were looking for Caspian Snowcocks at Demirkazık. Not sure how many birds were involved, but at least 4 I think.

 

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