Review of Spring Migration

Finally, we finished the review of 2015 spring migration!

Approximately 220,000 individuals from 32 species were recorded during the observation between 10 March and 20 May in Istanbul. According  to known studies about spring migration that is observed from single point, recording the highest number makes this study important. The reason why the highest number is recorded this year is probably because the commanding place(ancient  castle remains) in the same area is used in this study.

Goc (867)White Stork

Goc (2075)Black Stork

If we evaluate the differences from other studies on the basis of species;

The numbers of White Stork, Osprey, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Levant Sparrowhaw, Kestrel and Hobby are highest than previous years.

The numbers of White Pelican, Egyptian Vulture, Imperial Eagle, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Black Kite and Red-footed Falcon are less than previous years.

The differences in the number could be caused by gale force,  windward, number of observation days and the point.

Goc (2565)Lesser Spotted Eagle

Other importance of this study;

  • Red Kite was recorded after 35 years.
  • Bullfinch was recorded in Istanbul for the first time.
  • River Warbler was recorded after ‘90s.
  • Rock Thrush was recorded for the second time after the first record without any details.

IMG_2257 Greater Spotted Eagle

The list of the birds that were recorded during the study :

  • Black Stork
  • White Stork
  • White Pelican
  • Osprey
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Red Kite
  • Black Kite
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Short-toed Snake Eagle
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Hen Harrier
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Levant Sparrowhawk
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Goshawk
  • Common Buzzard
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Lesser Spotted Eagle
  • Greater Spotted Eagle
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Imperial Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Booted Eagle
  • Kestrel
  • Red-footed Falcon
  • Eleonora’s Falcon
  • Hobby
  • Peregrine Falcon

Goc (3727)Short-toed Snake Eagle

I present thanks the supporter people Buse Ebrem, Ergün Bacak, Bilal Kap, Ali Rıza Altınok, Jörg Langerberg,  Johanna Rathgoberleman, Ian Balzan, Margaret Payne Dilek Geçit, Tunç Geçit, Arslan Kezer and all other observers.

In addition, I present thanks to Buse Ebrem who made the translations and social media process and Mehmet Eren Yalman who prepared the website and the map.

Goc (3305)Booted Eagle

IMG_1552Steppe Eagle

IMG_6344 Golden Eagle

IMG_6418 Honey Buzzard

Goc (266)Common Buzzard

Goc (1263) Black Kite

Goc (1355)Pallid Harrier

Goc (92)Sparrowhawk

Goc (2930)Hobby

Goc (3276)Kestrel

IMG_4588Rock Trush


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