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Birding Site Guide
The main attraction here is Caspian Snowcock, for which a guide can be hired in the village. The Caucasian Grouse is easily spotted from the car on mountain slopes around here, and a few stops along the road should eventually turn up Alpine Accentor, but the snowcock is found much higher up, at the bare rock and snow line and a guide is very much recommended. To see the snowcock requires an early start 03.00-04.00 for the 2 to 3 hour climb up the wild mountain. We were lucky enough to see Grey Wolf on the way up, though our guide did not share our excitement and would have sadly shot it had he had his gun, to protect the flocks of domesticated animals. On the high grassy slope we looked even higher to the jagged snow covered rocks to see the well camouflaged Snowcock, so high it required the ‘scope for a decent view. Wallcreeper was also seen, but is not too common here. Later in the day we searched the nearby woodlands and saw Mountain Chiffchaff, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Marsh Warbler, Bluethroat (unspotted race), Alpine Accentor and Black Woodpecker.
Ali Safak is a birdwatching guide in Turkey (mostly in Aladag and Tourus area). They have a tractor and a 4-wheel drive vehicle for the tours.
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