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  1. angusmcoatup

    Jordan off limits for birders?

    Good to know- was seriously considering Jordan for a visit soon .
  2. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    28/09/22 Yesterday I forgot to add 1 Syrian Woodpecker,1 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, ChiffChaff, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler in the Riverside wood plus a nice low Pallid Swift back & forth over the dump later in the day. A flock of 20 or so...
  3. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    27/09/22 First day back in Köyceğiz, beautifully calm hot day. Quite a shock to find part of the river bed being scraped out by a bulldozer. Presumably to improve the water flow over winter but sad to see a great spot for waders, herons and Warblers disappear. Fingers crossed it’s limited to a...
  4. angusmcoatup

    Lesvos Bird News 2022

    Around 40 Dalmatian Pelicans have just arrived in off the sea to the west of Dikili on the Turkish mainland directly opposite Lesvos. Numbers in your recent reports look a fair bit lower than that, has there been a build up in the last couple of days?
  5. angusmcoatup

    Great day at Spurn on Monday

    I have only fond memories of Spurn. First time there as a 15 or 16 year old in the 80’s on a Leigh Ornithological Society trip. Richards Pipit, YB Warbler, 2-3 RB Flycatchers and a Raddes Warbler plus plenty of other notebook worthy birds.
  6. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    19/09/22 Currently travelling around the Izmir area for s as few days but a couple of records from Köyceğiz yesterday . 1 Common Nightjar - 3 am around street lights Gulpinar 3 Rollers - Dogusbelen 1 Northern Wheatear - grass by road tunnel to Köyceğiz
  7. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    18/09/22 Oddly quiet this morning and a fairly short circuit. Most of the Shrikes have departed and the finch & Sparrow flocks weren’t so obvious. Still a few highlights though amongst the regulars. 1 Common Redstart male - riverside wood, 1 Purple Heron over wood, 3 Great Reed Warblers, 50...
  8. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    16/09/22 Usual route then an afternoon by the lake & a ride up past Yeşilköy. 3 Slender billed Gulls, 5 Yellow legged Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull - all coinciding with the afternoon wind that blows in from the sea. Also 3 distant terns, presumably Whiskered. Lots of the usual birds- WT...
  9. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    A Brown Bear was filmed several times on a camera trap in the Köyceğiz area recently, presumably way above town where the forest is quite thick and difficult to access. This after Caracal was also caught in a camera trap not so far away from the area in the last couple of years.
  10. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    15/09/22 Returned to Köyceğiz after a trip to Greece. Gulpinar, dump, Hamitkoy road, riverside wood and riverside. Lots of flocks of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnets, Chaffinch , several Serins, more Blackbirds evident than usual. 12 Red backed Shrikes around the dump area plus a numerous along...
  11. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    Hi Adam, have pm’d you. I’ll send more info when I get a minute and decent WiFi.
  12. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    02/09/22 3 Glossy Ibis, 1 Northern Wheatear, 3 Water Rails, 1 White Throated Kingfisher , 1 Buzzard Sp, 2 Common Sandpipers lots of the recent usual cast, a bike puncture & forgotten pump meant I hitched a lift part way home in the back of a farmers truck meaning I missed lots. However I...
  13. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    01/09/22 A late morning ride down to the river bridge - very hot followed by thunder and fairly windy. Highlights: 1 x Wryneck - dump, 1 x female Goshawk - scooting after Collared dove over riverside wood, Whiskered Terns- 7 over lake, 1 X Common Kingfisher , 1 x Greater Short toed Lark -...
  14. angusmcoatup

    Cuckoo East Looe beach yesturday

    Somebody flushed it?
  15. angusmcoatup

    Lesvos Bird News 2022

    I’m way down in the South West of Turkey but it’s good to see some similar movements of birds. Shrikes everywhere here!
  16. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    28/08/22 Bike ride from Gulpinar to Hamitkoy and back. Lots more birds moving around in the cooler mornings. Another presumed roadkill mature Long eared Hedgehog in my immediate area. 4 in 6 months that I’ve seen All 4 Shrikes common again today though mainly Red Backed. Common & White...
  17. angusmcoatup

    Lesvos Bird News 2022

    Me too, I have family in Dikili across the water from you. Gives me an idea of what potentially can be found there based on your posts.
  18. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    27/08/22 A saunter from Gulpinar, along the Kordon and a couple of hours or so at Davut restaurant overlooking the lake & reedbeds. For anyone doing the Monday bazaar boat trip- Davut serves good food and has a reasonable view of the reedbed for Bops, Herons etc. 8 Terns inc 5 Whiskered...
  19. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    27/08/22 Similar route to yesterday, plus brief visit to Siğla wood lake path. Many of yesterdays birds seen. Todays notables were: 1 X Black necked Grebe - Siğla lake side, 5 Whiskered Terns, 12 Red Backed Shrikes, 5 Lesser Grey Shrikes, 2 Masked Shrikes, 2 Woodchat Shrikes, Shrikes mainly...
  20. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    25/08/22 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackbirds at Yesilkoy. 26/08/22 Gulpinar/Riverside/dump/ riverside wood/ Hamitkoy road & lake. 1 Goshawk sat in tree on dog sanctuary road then took a swoop at a couple of Woodpigeon . Middle Spotted, Greater Spotted, Lesser Spotted & Green Woodpeckers. 3...
  21. angusmcoatup

    Kerala birds

    Hi Mikado, It’s been a few years now since I was in Kerala so not sure how much has changed but for a month I followed a route from Kochi down to Trivandrum mainly along the Western Ghats with diversions to coast and backwater. My notebooks are in the Uk so I’m short on details. Thattekad/...
  22. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    Over the last few days there’s been regular flyovers of a Bee-Eater flock each morning, around 20 or so birds over the flat. Between 1 and 3 Rollers off the Eski Fethiye road, a dead Orphean Warbler in the garden, Little Owl from the balcony. 22/08/22 20 + Bee-eaters some at second storey...
  23. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    17/08/22 Peregrine Falcon - Zeytinalani 18/08/22 Gulpinar/Toparlar/lake/dump and Hamitkoy road. 3 Black Winged Stilts- Balcony tick heading in lake direction, Wryneck -Rubbish tip, 2 x Little Bittern , Serin, 3 x Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Water, 5 x Spanish Sparrow, 2 Reed...
  24. angusmcoatup

    Carrion Crow or Raven please - Horwich Moor, Greater Manchester UK

    If it helps , Ravens appear to have nested again in Wigan, 5-6 mile from Horwich. Maybe a good opportunity for photography & comparison.
  25. angusmcoatup

    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    02/08/22 Blue Rock Thrush - male on a neighbours rooftop. Scops Owl - cemetery Purple Heron - lake front Whiskered Tern - 3 Alpine Swift flock across lake Sparrowhawk Peregrine Falcon Roller 03/08/22 Dalyan / Lake Köyceğiz boat trip All 3 Egrets, Marsh Harrier female , Kestrel Sp off...
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