January in the Dalyan/Okcular Region

A general observation of what has been going on this month.

The weather by and large has been very wet with a lot of the land around my house in Okcular under water. The Dalyan River burst it’s banks and the riverside path near the Okyanus Restaurant was impassable. So all in all not that great a time for bird watching.

On the 8th January we visited the Calis bird reserve following a very lovely breakfast at the Sat Beach Club. Just after breakfast a quick look over the wall seawards resulted in a common sandpiper walking along the boom. At the bird reserve site there was quite a lot of rubbish strewn around and whilst we were there a couple of locals were farming the shrimp in the pools. However a short 15 mins visit resulted in a Black necked grebe, a black headed gull in winter plumage and a flock of Serin.

Despite the weather just from our terrace I had some notable sightings. During one of the drier periods and as the water levels subsided we were treated to a Great White Egret and three little egrets in the field behind us. This was followed by a surprise visit from a Black Stork into the same field. I had seen the same bird overhead a few weeks earlier so obviously a stray that had not migreated with the rest of his species.

A number of Crag Martins have frequently been seen flying overhead, bringing memories of the swallows and swifts of summer. We have also had around 6-8 woodlark in the garden and also had a very brief visit from Wryneck. This is in addition to the regular sightings of Stonechat, black redstart, Great tits, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtai, sparrows and our local buzzard who is always around the house and local area at the moment. We also have a sparrowhawk that flies acrtoss now and again.

On a trip to Iztuzu beach on the 20th january we had Little Stint and Dunlin working the shore line of Sulungur Lake, whilst out on the lake there were Wigeon, Mallard, Little Grebe and Coot. There also large numbers of Chiffchaff present.

So although the weather hasn’t been great there has still been some notable sightings for the time of year.

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