The Usual Suspects…Except!
Weather hit visit between 11th and 18th of May 2012
Didn’t manage much birding during this week, partly due to some works commitments and partly due to the weather that consisted of some heavy persistent downpours and some glorious sunny spells.
On this trip I revisited the ‘Water pump’ a short walk just outside Dalyan on the way to Eskikoy. The directions can be found on the website www.dalyanbirding.com go to the ‘sites’ tab and in the drop down menu click on ‘Waterpump’. This is a pleasant walk but didn’t produce much on the morning I went; unless you’re into ‘entomology ‘ the array of insects was amazing! As for birds there was the usual suspects, Turtle Dove, Blackbird, House Martins, Swallows, Olivaceous Warblers, a good view of a nightingale and a couple of Black-headed Buntings singing to declare their territory but not much else.
Another short trip I took was to the wooden radio transmitter hut on the top of the hill just outside Dalyan to the left of the round about. I last went up there about four years ago when it was just been built by the Belediye (town council) which was a lot easier than this time as the track was completely over grown. I had hoped to see raptors up close as often they circle this hill riding on the thermals here. Well thankfully the hill acts as a natural triangulation point giving fantastic views over Dalyan looking to the sea, across the fields towards Ortaca and across the read beds towards the lake, just as well as there wasn’t a single bird on the way up the hill or at the top, I kid you not, not even a bird that’s was skittish! Don’t let this put you off Dalyan it is still a good venue for birding.
When you have a couple of days were things don’t seem to be going your way it is always good to throw in a reliable favorite so on my last day I cycled the Eskikoy walk (see website for directions) and wasn’t disappointed, Turtle Dove, Bee Eaters, Red-rumped Swallows, Rufus bush chat amongst others thoroughly enjoyable. I usually take in a walk along the beach and again this proved to be very quiet, Yellow Legged Gulls, Hooded Crows and Ringed Plovers been the only sightings until the last day when five pink flamingoes brightened up my birding week as I have not seen these in Dalyan before, so a first for me both here in Turkey or any elsewhere.
List for this trip:
Collard Dove, Olivaceous Warbler, House Martin, House Sparrow, Stork, White Wagtail, Yellow Legged Gull, Greenfinch, Jay, Little Owl, Hooded Crow, Swallow, Red-Rumped Swallow, Ringed Plover, Blackbird, Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Black Headed Bunting, Gold Finch, Scops Owl heard but not seen, Penduline Tit heard but not seen, Kestrel, Corn Bunting, Bee Eater, Rufus Bush Chat, Flamingoes, Swift, Crested Lark, Common Buzzard and Peregrine Falcon.