We took the dolmuş to Şirince and walked down, with a brief upwards diversion along the path towards Camlık which took us through some lovely pine forest. We set off from Şirince at 12:30 and were home shortly before 3.30. Everything was hot and dry. We saw several small lizards (probably snake-eye lizards, Ophisops elegans) much, much smaller than the ones we saw earlier in the year, probably young. We saw buzzards, a stork, a kestrel and a falcon (almost certainly a saker). At first we did not see the falcon, then we were alerted by a jay making a really loud alarm call. It was fairly low and almost overhead so we got a really good view of it before it swooped away at the sort of pace only falcons can manage. We saw tits and finches in a pine tree, lots of jays and heard a woodpecker. We saw other birds we could not positively identify. Hilary thinks one was a red backed shrike but Ashley thinks it was a wheatear.
Hardcore has been put down on the forest road between Selçuk and Şirince – well on the bits that used to be mud. This is probably excellent for tractors and farm trucks but not so much fun to walk along, although the views are impressive. We’re glad that we did the walk multiple times last year as we will be looking for new walks now.