TURKEY 2001 TWO-WEEK TRIP

 

Monday, July 9, 2001. Day 15 of 15. Goin' Home.

We get up and all have breakfast together, then we relax in the lobby. Carrie calls daughter Maureen, or Rini, in San Jose, and while she's on the phone, Sharon gets a picture of the rest of us, then Cihan takes one last one. Hi Rini!

We go back upstairs, get our luggage, give the valet our ticket and then check out. The valet delivers our car and I load the luggage. The scope and tripod are in travel configuration now, as opposed to birding configuration. Meaning they're in the luggage.

We turn our car in, and I am so cool. When they delivered our Toyota Corolla automatic transmission car, they didn't adjust the paperwork, which charged us for a Ford Focus, and maybe even a Renault Laguna.

I stopped at ALL the rental car places and got estimates for two weeks for an automatic transmission vehicle for comparison. Then I went into the National car rental shop and asked them how much for a Toyota Corolla (no one there recognized me yet). They gave me the price list, and it amounted to about half of what we signed up for.

Then I took out my paperwork and they knew something was up. I asked her to credit my Visa card back with the difference, and she said she couldn't do that from here. So I called Cihan. He talked with her, then I got back on the phone. He said that she wasn't authorized to do credits from here, but would fax the information to the main office in Istanbul and they would.

I confirmed that the difference we calculated earlier would be credited, and she hemmed and hawed or whatever they do in Turkey in such cases. So we'll wait till my Visa statement comes and see how this works out.

We went through three different security checks, which made us a little suspicious, but I actually love maximum security, so you won't find me complaining. We finally get to the gate and after a bit, we get onto our now-customary first class seating area and take our seats. I put some stuff above, but leave some stuff on the floor in front of us. Man, this is great.

We have a delightfully uneventful trip to New York City, in which we watch two more movies we haven't seen, eat a couple of meals, have a drink or two, nap, read and just enjoy our position.

We land in New York, go through customs (no charge, although we're about $200 above the $800 limit), and take a very slow bus from Terminal 3, where we landed, to Terminal 9, where our American Airlines plane will whisk us across the country.

We take off just before sundown, and I watch the land drop from under us as we take off, turn around and head west. I am by the window, and I turn on my GPS in battery-only mode, of course, and when I brace it up by the window, it tracks our progress in a straight line, across the small towns of America. This is so cool. I have to zoom out several ranges before I find a city big enough whose name I recognize, to know which state we're in.

I put it away, but get it out again for the last part of Illinois and most of Missouri.

Finally we arrive in San Jose, and the Indian driver, from USA Limousine meets us. Then while we're waiting for our luggage, he gets a phone call and asks if it would be OK to pick up another passenger. He promises to take us home first, but I have seen this movie before, and we say "no," then "no" one final time just before we leave.

Then we get home about 10 pm. We do a bit of unloading, go to sleep but both wake up about 3 in the morning.

And that's the story of the Lutman's 2nd Turkey Trip. Hope you enjoyed it.

BIRDERS: FINAL COUNTS BELOW.

Life Birds for the Trip: 23.
Upgrades for the Trip: 10.
Trip Birds Total: 88.

In the bird summary table below,

"Trip Bird No." is the chronological order that the first bird of that species was encountered on the trip.
"Life Bird No." is the chronological order that the first LIFE bird of that species was seen or heard, on the trip.
"Report" is the reference to the Trip Report Number that bird's encounter was first described.
"Location" tells the location that the first bird of that species was seen or heard during the trip.
"(U)" indicates an upgrade to a life bird we already had.

I took none of the photos referenced by the links in the table below:

TRIP BIRD NO.
LIFE BIRD NO.
BIRD DOW
DATE
LOCATION
REPORT
31
 
Bee-eater thu
6/28/01
Buyuk Menderes
3
24
3
BITTERN, LITTLE wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
7
 
Blackbird wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
54
12
BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
84
 
Bunting, Corn sun
7/8/01
Durusu
13
50
9
BUNTING, CRETSCHMAR'S wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
59
15
BUSTARD, GREAT wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
27
 
Buzzard, Long-legged thu
6/28/01
Selcuk
3
10
 
Chaffinch wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
19
 
Cormorant wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
85
23
CORMORANT, PYGMY sun
7/8/01
Durusu
13
1
 
Crow, Hooded tue
6/26/01
Istanbul
1
83
 
Dove, Laughing sun
7/8/01
near Radisson
13
58
14
DOVE, TURTLE wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
69
 
Dunnock wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
18
 
Egret, Little wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
33
 
Flamingo, Greater thu
6/28/01
Buyuk Menderes
3
6
 
Flycatcher, Spotted wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
80
22
GOLDCREST fri
7/6/01
Uludag
11
8
 
Goldfinch wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
16
 
Grebe, Great Crested wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
9
 
Greenfinch wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
30
 
Gull, Mediterranean thu
6/28/01
Farm lake
3
62
 
Harrier, Hen wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
72
 
Harrier, Marsh thu
7/5/01
Roadside lake
10
15
 
Heron, Grey wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
17
 
Heron, Squacco (U) wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
47
 
Hoopoe fri
6/29/01
near Korkateli
4
64
 
Ibis, Glossy wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
28
 
Jackdaw thu
6/28/01
Selcuk
3
26
 
kestrel thu
6/28/01
Roadside
3
36
 
Kestrel, Lesser thu
6/28/01
Buyuk Menderes
3
63
 
Lapwing wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
61
 
Lark, Callandra (U) wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
20
 
Lark, Crested wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
23
 
Magpie wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
2
 
Martin, House wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
22
 
Moorhen, Common wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
46
7
NIGHTINGALE fri
6/29/01
near Korkateli
4
52
 
Nuthatch, Rock wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
87
 
Owl, Little sun
7/8/01
Durusu
13
78
21
PIPIT, WATER fri
7/6/01
Uludag
11
32
 
Plover, Kentish thu
6/28/01
Lake Bafa
3
66
 
Plover, Little Ringed wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
42
5
RAIL, WATER (heard, later seen) fri
6/29/01
Lake Koycegiz
4
67
 
Redshank, Spotted (U) wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
81
 
Redstart, Black (U) fri
7/6/01
Uludag
11
51
10
ROBIN, WHITE-THROATED wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
34
 
Roller (U) thu
6/28/01
Buyuk Menderes
3
79
 
Serin fri
7/6/01
Uludag
11
74
19
SERIN, RED-FRONTED thu
7/5/01
Uludag
10
71
 
Shelduck, Ruddy thu
7/5/01
Roadside lake
10
55
 
Shrike, Lesser Grey wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
56
13
SHRIKE, MASKED wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
82
 
Shrike, Red-backed fri
7/6/01
Uludag
11
35
 
Sparrow, Spanish thu
6/28/01
Buyuk Menderes
3
65
 
Stilt, Black-winged wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
88
 
Stonechat (U) sun
7/8/01
Durusu
13
25
 
Stork, Black wed
6/27/01
Roadside lake
2
14
 
Stork, White (U) wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
41
 
Swallow fri
6/29/01
Lake Koycegiz
4
29
4
SWALLOW, RED-RUMPED thu
6/28/01
Selcuk
3
49
8
SWIFT fri
6/29/01
Korkateli
4
45
 
Swift, Alpine fri
6/29/01
Lake Koycegiz
4
3
1
SWIFT, PALLID wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
21
2
TERN, WHISKERED wed
6/27/01
Uluabat Golu
2
86
 
Tern, White-winged Black (U) sun
7/8/01
Black Sea
13
73
 
Thrush, Rock (U) thu
7/5/01
Uludag
10
4
 
Thrush, Song wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
44
 
Tit, Blue fri
6/29/01
Lake Koycegiz
4
76
 
Tit, Coal thu
7/5/01
Uludag
10
5
 
Tit, Great wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
75
 
Tit, Sombre thu
7/5/01
Uludag
10
13
 
Treecreeper wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
37
 
Wagtail, Pied thu
6/28/01
Buyuk Menderes
3
38
 
Wagtail, Yellow (U) thu
6/28/01
Buyuk Menderes
3
77
20
WARBLER, BONELLI'S thu
7/5/01
Uludag
10
68
17
WARBLER, GREAT REED wed
7/4/01
Karamikbatakligi
9
43
6
WARBLER, OLIVACEOUS fri
6/29/01
Lake Koycegiz
4
53
11
WARBLER, ORPHEAN wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
40
 
Warbler, Reed fri
6/29/01
Lake Koycegiz
4
60
16
WARBLER, RUPPEL'S wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
39
 
Warbler, Sedge fri
6/29/01
Lake Koycegiz
4
70
18
WHEATEAR, BLACK-EARED thu
7/5/01
Kutahya
10
48
 
Wheatear, Isabelline fri
6/29/01
Korkateli
4
12
 
Woodpecker, Green wed
6/27/01
Termal
2
57
 
Woodpecker, Syrian wed
7/4/01
Lake Egirdir
9
11
 
Wren wed
6/27/01
Termal
2


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