I just had to feature some more images from Istanbul and environs!
Eurasian Jackdaws (Dean Eades)
Over flying Black Storks (Dean Eades)
Gorgeous Red-fronted Serins (Dean Eades)
Syrian Woodpecker (Dean Eades)
Writing an article on the demise of the London House Sparrow put paid to any further attempt to search for yesterday's elusive Grasshopper Warbler. I had to weigh up the possibility of dipping on a long departed (or deceased) Gropper or pressing the send button on a written piece for the RSPB's Birds Magazine. Common sense prevailed.
It also started to rain this morning. Rain has a funny way of focussing you into sitting down and doing some unstinting work. I actually felt very creative today and this was exemplified by this morning's article that I have been thinking about for several weeks and wrote in under two hours. Yes, the juices are flowing.
My next urban birding exploration will be to Lisbon on October 18th. Thereafter will be a trip to Bradford, England to see what's on offer in this unlikeliest of places. I do like a challenge!
Tomorrow lunchtime I will be having a telephone interview with The Observer newspaper who are doing a piece on birding in Britain and how it's become a bit trendy these days.
It's time to stand tall in your Hunter wellies and wield your bins in public with no fear.