Saturday, 18 April 2015

Posted By on April 18, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

Great_Spotted_Cuckoo_3206_2014 04 18Great Spotted Cuckoo, Kalloni Saltpans pumping station © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

Take care on all dirt roads. Most hire car insurance does not cover the underside of the car. Pay particular care on the following roads (I have no news about the north coast track, Konditsia Valley or Platania but will post when I do).

Meladia Valley track From Eresos, OK in normal car WITH CARE as far as Meladia Chapel. From Sigri, OK as far as Old Sanatorium WITH CARE, but 4×4 required to get through to Meladia Valley.

Mt Ordimnos track 4×4 recommended, track in poor condition in places.

BIRD NEWS

Agios Fokas
COMMON GULL 2CY west (about 7th record for Lesvos and only 2nd record since 2003)

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Garganey 6
Purple Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 6
PALLID HARRIER 2CY female
WHIMBREL 1
Common Snipe 1
Marsh Sandpiper 9
Spotted Redshank 1
Green Sandpiper 1
Temminck’s Stint 1
Gull-billed Tern 4
GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 2 – both 2CY birds present most of day (one bird present since 13 Apr). Seen in the tamarisks around the pumping station compound and feeding in the Asphodel field opposite. Seen mating on two occasions.
Short-toed Lark 15
Red-throated Pipit 1
Tawny Pipit 1

Coastal track south of Achladeri
GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1

Tsiknias River
Black-necked Grebe 2 offshore
EURASIAN BITTERN 1 200m north of main river ford
Little Bittern 5
PENDULINE TIT 1 (poss 2) at main river ford midday
Lesser Whitethroat ‘lots’

Sigri Fields
Ruddy Shelduck 28
PALLID HARRIER 2CY female
Bee-eater 30+
Spanish Sparrow 100+

Platania
Ortolan Bunting 1

Lotzaria
Purple Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 30+
Montagu’s Harrier male

Kavaki
Rüppell’s Warbler 1

Metochi Lake
Night-heron 6
Purple Heron 2
Little Bittern 2
Little Crake 3

Skala Kalloni Pools
Garganey 7

Soumouria ‘Scops Copse’ (Agia Triada, Kalloni)
Scops Owl 5 – look for child’s pink plastic toy fork/rake on tree roadside trunk of tree from inside the car park for one bird

Moni Limonos
Middle Spotted Woodpecker again using the nest in the telegraph pole

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1
Rock Sparrow 1

Ipsilou
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1

Achladeri
Alpine Swift 43
Krüper’s Nuthatch – no sign or sound in 3 hr search this evening

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About Steve Dudley

Hi, I’m Steve Dudley, your guide for your Lesvos day trips, proprietor of Lesvos Birding, author of A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos and the person behind LesvosBirding.com.