Now it’s mid-August we are no longer seeing storks on the aqueduct.  Oh, sometimes they are there in the evenings, but mostly they have gone.  We think they have gone to the wetlands to get fat before migrating all the way to Africa.

This year we first saw them in February, though we don’t think those particular birds stopped here in Selçuk.  In early March they started to occupy the nests.

In April they had clearly paired up (we believe storks pair for life).  By May we were able to see the chicks in the next and by late June they were weighed and measured and had started to exercise their wings.  This is fun to watch.  They jump up and down whilst flapping their wings.  Sometimes they take off and if that happens before they are ready, they crash land.  Usually somewhere the parents find them.  Though we did see one being cared for by builders on a building site.  They had phoned the Belediye who came and took the young bird to the vet.

The flying exercises continued throughout July and, by early August, they were flying around in small flocks.  With increasing competence.

Hoping to see them at Pamucak before they leave and that they will spend a safe winter in Africa and that most of them will come back next year.  There are still a few spare perches for the nests though, if all this year’s new generation return they will have to find some new spaces.  This year one pair nested and successfully raised chicks in a tree by the railway station so there are plenty of possibilities.


6 responses to “Storks

  1. . . at the end of our track is the Ley Ley Restaurant where they’ve hosted storks for many a year, even providing nesting platforms when some trees were brought down in a storm. They care for the injured storks and there are always a few that elect to stay all year and enjoy the easy life wandering amongst the diners and accepting tid-bits.

    • We think we have seen that restaurant, from the bike. The storks here are quite wild, although many nests overlook the restaurants. I was quite surprised that some had nested in trees as most of them nest on the aqueduct.

  2. Saw them nesting on the top of telegraph poles whilst travelling across Latvia some years ago. Didn’t know they nested that much further south though I believe they are a common phenonema in much of Central Europe and the Balkans.

    • We think the ones we saw in February were heading further North. I’m not sure just how far South they stay. Ours were very successful with their breeding this year.

  3. I’d never seen storks until I came to live in Turkey and I am fascinated by how clever they are in building their nests up so high, particularly on telegraph poles. I think they are such beautiful birds.

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