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January 1, 2018

Dardanelles Birding 2

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Canakkale – Dardanelles.

I got up before the sun this morning. (The sun does not rise here until 8:50am). Walked north along the waterfront at Canakkale. My goal was to find some forest out of town and discover some new birds. Most of the way it was land inhabited by the military and photography was forbidden.

Eurasian Jay
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius atricapillus)

I found a park along the way and saw a Eurasian Magpie and then spotted my first Eurasian Jay. I was lucky that they are very easy to identify, having quite distinctive features.

European Greenfinch
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

The last bird I photographed this morning was a European Greenfinch. Same park on the way back. I continued past the park until I found some cultivated land and then went up a road through the farmland. There were a few birds about.

European Goldfinch
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

The European Goldfinch were in a flock of about forty birds and feeding on the grass seeds. There were a few flocks of birds about – Crested Larks and Common Starling. The starling flock consisted of thousands of birds.

Crested Lark
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)

I was surprised to still be seeing Crested Larks. They must have quite a range because I had seen them in the UAE and Egypty, as well as India.

Common Starling tree
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

I worked out that I walked more than six kilometers this morning. When I got back to the hotel, I had to walk another couple of kilometers to find out that Burger King was closed! At mid-day! I had to have a couple of biscuits and a coffee for my breakfast/lunch. 🙁

id please
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

I have no idea what this bird is. Please help to identify it. (edit: Thanks to Dick Hoek for the ID.) Louis thinks it might be a Mistle Thrush. I will have to have a closer look. More from Louis “Definitely not song thrush – the spots on the belly are a different shape on song thrush and the head is browner, not grey.” Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

Tomorrow I am going to Ayvalik, which is more than a hundred kilometers east of here along the coast. I hope to find some more new birds there. But I have no idea what they might be. I have done very little research on Turkish birds. doh!

Canakkale bird list

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius atricapillus)
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Hooded Crow
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus)

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