Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Posted By on April 29, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

BHB 2015 04 29Black-headed Bunting, Kalloni Saltpans west fields © Steve P. Dudley


Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents in recent days – people entering the river at the Penduline Tits, sitting under the Kruper’s Nuthatch tree, entering a cropped field which caused the farmer to chase the pratincoles away, and blocking tracks stopping locals from going about their business. All these actions are unacceptable. We need to self police all sites at all times, be these nesting birds we are visiting, tired migrants resting in fields or whatever. And we also need to respect local people and their land and not trespass and trample their crops. On most occasions polite requests have resolved the situation.

Lost & Found
A large, wide brimmed blue M&S sun hat found at Kalloni Saltpans last night. Also, lens cap for a Leica Televid 62 scope (don’t know where found and been here some days). Both at reception at Hotel Pasiphae

Dirt tracks
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).

Dirt tracks are now being graded (e.g. main Metochi track and Meladia track from Eresos) – take care on newly graded tracks as there will be lots of loose stones and rocks which can kick up and damage the underside of your car.

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. The track is currently being graded from the Eresos end. Today they had reached c.500m from the ford.

Mt Ordimnos and North Coast tracks 4×4 recommended, track in poor condition in places.


Still present in its favoured fields west of the Christou River. It roosted somewhere near the the mouth of the river (heard calling from that direction at 2015h).

The pair are still building a nest to north of the main Tsiknias River ford on and off all day.
Please watch and photograph only from the west bank and on no account enter the river or attempt to access from the east bank. Thank you.

Sadly, I had the site marked but today some selfish person removed the markers just to make it harder for others to find. So, park before the white building as normal. Walk up the main track. Where the track bends to the left at the stream follow around to the left and up the hill. Around 30m before the clearing, walk into the trees to the left for about 30m then view to your right to look for the nest tree. Please see here for photo of tree to look for. Stay within the trees at a distance of 50m+ please. The birds are actively feeding young and visiting the nest every view minutes at peak feeding times.

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above.
Spanish Sparrow 3240 at pre-roost

Petrified Forest
SAKER FALCON 1 reported mid morning (only 2nd record if confirmed) see reported Sigri Old Sanatorium

Sigri Old Sanatorium
SAKER FALCON 1 reported mid afternoon (only 2nd record if confirmed) also reported Petrified Forest

Dalmatian Peli EleniKalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Purple Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 18
DALMATIAN PELICAN 1 at 1330h spent only an hour on the pans before heading high to north at 1430 (photo © Eleni Galinou)
PALLID HARRIER 2CY male, 2CY fem, ad fem
Common Ringed Plover 10
Little Stint 450+
Dunlin 18
Curlew Sandpiper 15
Black Tern 2
Whiskered Tern 2

Napi Valley
Golden Oriole 2
Red-backed Shrike 3

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Short-toed Eagle 5
Long-legged Buzzard 3
Common buzzard 4
Goshawk 1
Lesser Kestrel 5
Eleonora’s Falcon 8
Bee-eater 10

Honey-buzzard 3

Tsiknias River
Grey Plover 1
Turnstone 1
Rufous Bush-robin 1
PENDULINE TIT 2 – see above

Skala Kallonis Pool

Squacco Heron 3
Little Crake 2

Sigri & Faneromeni
Squacco Heron 7
Night-heron 2
Little Bittern 1
Glossy Ibis 1
Little Crake 3
Common Ringed Plover 2
Bee-eater 59
Golden Oriole 1
Red-backed Shrike 2
Olive-tree Warbler 1
Spotted Flycatcher 2
Spanish Sparrow 1000+ to roost

Petrified Forest
Eleonora’s Falcon 3

Lesser Grey Shrike 1

Ruppell’s Warbler

Soumouria (Agia Triada, Kalloni ‘Scops Copse’)
Scops Owl


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