Sunday, May 25, 2008

Northern Wheatear in Turkey

On my recent trip to Eastern Europe, I was privileged to spend about 24 hours in Turkey. Along the way to Istanbul we stopped at a service plaza along the freeway through wide open agricultural land. I soon heard a tumbling cascade of musical notes from near the edge of the nearby field, and discovered a Northern Wheatear apparently doing territorial or courtship flights, and then landing on fencepost to watch for insect prey. This brought to mind my only previous encounter with this species on the tundra a little northeast of Nome, Alaska.


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