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TURKEY

Friday 16th May - Sunday 1st June 2008

Simon Harrap

Another great trip to a great country! This tour must rank as one of the most spectacular in the Western Palearctic and if you have not been to Turkey it is hard to appreciate just how rich and varied it is, in terms on people, landscape and wildlife. During the tour we logged 244 species (17 of which were only recorded on the extension to the Pontic Mountains) and had fine views of virtually all of them. It should also be noted that nearly all of the birds seen were at their best, in full breeding plumage. Local specialities included Yelkouan Shearwaters, Pygmy Cormorant, Caucasian Grouse, Caspian Snowcock, See-see Partridge, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, White-spectacled Bulbul, Radde’s Accentor, White-throated Robin, Finsch’s Wheatear, Moustached, Upcher’s, Olive-tree, Ménétries’s, Rüppell’s, Green and Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers, Caucasian Chiffchaff, Iraq Babbler, Sombre Tit, Krüper’s and Eastern Rock Nuthatches, Wallcreeper, Dead Sea Sparrow, Pale Rock Finch, Red-fronted Serin, Crimson-winged Finch and Cinereous Bunting. Oh, and we saw two Wolves!