Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Goreme, central Turkey

Early AM flight to Kayseri and transfer to the remarkable "fairy chimney" landscape of Cappadoccia around the village (aka developing tourist trap) of Goreme. The only highlight of the drive to Goreme was a group of approximately seven Calandra Larks flying low over the car.

An exploration of the outdoor museum, which includes a series of 200 rock-hewn churches dating back to the 11th century, revealed some avian interest in the form of ochruros Black Redstart, two Rock Buntings, a single Rock Petronia, several pairs of Western Rock Nuthatch, Blackcap, 50+ Alpine Swifts,  brief views of an unidentified lark spp, and several Spotted Flycatchers.

Western Rocker

Rocker Spage

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