Friday, 8 May 2015

EBW_Upper_FaneromeniEastern Bonelli’s Warbler, Faneromeni upper river area © Paul Manning

NOTICES

Goodbye and thanks
I’m off home tomorrow morning after my month here. Its not been a classic spring with most of the passage being early (I caught the end of it during my first week) and in recent weeks much of it going straight over during the long periods of high pressure and high temperatures. Its still been hugely enjoyable despite the lack of migrants in recent weeks.

I’d like to thank a few people who make my stay here very enjoyable: Paul Manning; all the staff at Hotel Pasiphae; all the staff at Taverna Dionysos; Tsalis car hire; all the other tavernas I visit with my groups – Australia (Sigri), Mistral (Molivos) and Soulatso (Skala Eresou); all those who have accompanied me on my day trips who I have enjoyed birding with immensely; and all of you who have contributed to the bird news, sharing your records in the bird logs, texts and emails, etc – without the few who do share their bird news, the many would have no news at all!

So thats it for daily updates I’m afraid. There will be some bird news available on the Lesvos Birders Facebook Group and Observado.

Bad behaviour
Sadly, bad behaviour, predominantly by those photographing nest sites, continues to be a daily problem. Please remember that the birds welfare must always come first – not your need for a good iage.

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.

Many dirt tracks have now ben graded including the Meladia (Sigri to Eresos) track. But still 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.

Some tracks, e.g. Mt Ordimnos, North Coast, Platania and Konditsia tracks, a 4×4 is recommended, as tracks are in poor condition in places. I’ve been told that the western access route in to and out of Pithariou is now blocked (has been for some time but I haven’t driven this track for some years now) – do not attempt to drive it as it is impassable and difficult to turn around and return.

BIRD NEWS

DEMOISELLE CRANE
It was in the fields to west of Christou River in the morning and on the river to the north of the road bridge in the afternoon.

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
The young have fledged in recent which will make seeing them a little more challenging, but they should remain in the general area of the nest and will probably use the nest site as a roost site for a while yet.

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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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 few minutes at peak feeding times. Birds expected to fledge this week.

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above
Montagu’s Harrier female
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
ROLLER 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Garganey 4
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1 (by Shell petrol station)
Common Ringed Plover 1
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Spotted Redshank 1
Sanderling 4
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Turnstone 1
White-winged Tern 44
Whiskered Tern 1
Short-toed Lark 2
Tawny Pipit 2
Red-throated Pipit 1
RIVER WARBLER 1

Potamia River
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1

Kavaki
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 1
RIVER WARBLER 1
Ruppell’s Warbler

Perasma
Ruddy Shelduck 4
Garganey 4
BOOTED EAGLE 1
Squacco Heron 3
ROLLER 1
Red-backed Shrike 12+
Lesser Grey Shrike 2
RIVER WARBLER 2
Marsh Warbler 4
Ruppell’s Warbler 1

Tsiknias River
Little Bittern 2
Squacco Heron 3
Goshawk 1
Temminck’s Stint 4
Lesser Grey Shrike 3
Red-throated Pipit 2
PENDULINE TIT – see above
Black-headed Bunting – lots inc. flock of 20

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Honey-buzzard 2
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
usual local Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Goshawk, etc

Achladeri
Red-breasted Flycatcher male

Efthalou
Ortolan Bunting 1

Loutra Thermi
Red-footed Falcon 1

Skalochori
Marsh Warbler 2

Moni Perivolis
Marsh Warbler 1

Metochi
Little Bittern 1
Little Crake 2

Ipsilou
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

Kalami

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

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

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Honey_Buzzard_2015 05 07Honey-buzzard, Ipsilou © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

LOST
Scope and tripod ‘lost’ today in the ‘Eresos, Mesotopos, Agra area’. If you have found one please get in touch with me. Thanks.

Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents recently – 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.

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.

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 but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

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

BIRD NEWS

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
The young have fledged today which will make seeing them a little more challenging, but they should remain in the general area of the nest and will probably use the nest site as a roost site for a while yet.

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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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 few minutes at peak feeding times. Birds expected to fledge this week.

DEMOISELLE CRANE
It was in the fields to west of Christou River in the morning and on the river to the north of the road bridge in the afternoon.

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

Molivos
COMMON ROSEFINCH male

Kompos beach, Gavathas
COMMON ROSEFINCH male

Sigri & Faneromeni
Ruddy Shelduck 4
Squacco Heron 2
Little Bittern 10
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Temminck’s Stint 1
Curlew Sandpiper 4
ROLLER 1 upper river section
Golden Oriole 2
CITRINE WAGTAIL fem lower ford
Tawy Pipit 1
Rufous Bush-robin 1 at beach
Lesser Grey Shrike 3
Red-backed Shrike lots
Collared Flycatcher 2
SEMICOLLARED FLYCATCHER 1 male
Pied Flycatcher 3
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Marsh Warbler 1
Wood Warbler 2

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above
Spoonbill 2

Tsiknias River
Squacco Heron 2
Little Bittern 1
GREAT BITTERN 1
Night-heron 7
GREAT SNIPE 1 (no details)
Temmick’s Stint 1
Turnstone 6
PENDULINE TIT – see above

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 2 at 1145h
Honey-buzzard 1 at 1205h
Red-footed Falcon 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 3
usual local Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Goshawk, etc

Moni Limonos
BOOTED EAGLE 1 at 1720h
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK 1 male

Metochi
no sign of yesterdays Baillon’s Crake
Little Bittern 1
Night-heron 4

Efthalou
Audouin’s Gull 1

Perasma
Ruddy Shelduck 7
Garganey 2
Squacco Heron 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Garganey 4
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Black-tailed Godwit 8
Black Tern 3
White-winged Tern 5
Whiskered Tern 5

Ipsilou
Honey-buzzard 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 6
Pallid Swift 70+
Willow Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

Kalami
Glossy Ibis 26
Purple Heron 2

Tavari
Squacco Heron 3
Temminck’s Stint 2

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Kavaki
RIVER WARBLER 1
Ruppell’s Warbler

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

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

White_Stork_2015 05 06White Stork, Skala Kallonis © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

LOST
Scope and tripod ‘lost’ today in the ‘Eresos, Mesotopos, Agra area’. If you have found one please get in touch with me. Thanks.

Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents recently – 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.

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.

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 but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

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

BIRD NEWS

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
The young have fledged today which will make seeing them a little more challenging, but they should remain in the general area of the nest and will probably use the nest site as a roost site for a while yet.

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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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 few minutes at peak feeding times. Birds expected to fledge this week.

DEMOISELLE CRANE
The only reports I have are from the usual fields west of the Christou River at 0730h and at 1900 on the Christou River north of the road bridge (viewed from the bridge).

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

Metochi
Little Bittern 2
BAILLON’S CRAKE 1 opposite turning area at north of the lake this evening
Little Crake 3

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above
BOOTED EAGLE 1 at 0930

Tsiknias River
Little Bittern 1
Gull-billed Tern 2
PENDULINE TIT 2 – see above

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Black Stork 9 over 1020-1050
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 1 at 0915
usual local Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Goshawk, etc

Almyropotamos River (Lisvorio)
CITRINE WAGTAIL male

Perasma
Audouin’s Gull 1
Mediterranean Gull 2
RIVER WARBLER 1
Marsh Warbler 1

Sigri & Faneromeni
Little Crake 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Collared Pratincole 2
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Red-backed Shrike 1
RIVER WARBLER 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Garganey 3
Squacco Heron 1
Black Stork 9 early morning (same as those seen raptor watchpoint?)
Red-footed Falcon 1
Spotted Redshank 1
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Black-tailed Godwit 25
Turnstone 1
LITTLE GULL 1 adult
Gull-billed Tern 24
Whiskered Tern 3
White-winged Tern 3
CITRINE WAGTAIL 2CY male
Red-throated Pipit 1

Polichnitos Saltpans
Curlew Sandpiper 3
Temminck’s Stint 1

Nr Vafios
Honey-buzzard 1

Skalochori
Honey-buzzard 1

Ipsilou
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Golden Oriole 1
Collared Flycatcher 3
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

Lardia Valley
RIVER WARBLER 1
usual buntings, wheatears, Rock Nuthatch, etc

Sigri Old Sanatorium
Pallid Harrier 1 (no age or sex given)
Eleonora’s Falcon 5
Nightjar 1
THRUSH NIGHTINGALE 1
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Great Reed Warbler 1
Icterine Warbler 1

Meladia Valley
Icterine Warbler 1
Pied Flycatcher 1
usual buntings, wheatears, Rock Nuthatch, etc

Agriosikos
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Kavaki
RIVER WARBLER 1
Ruppell’s Warbler

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

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Red-Backed_Shrike_2015 05 05Red-backed Shrike, Meladia Valley © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents recently – 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.

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.

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 but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

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

BIRD NEWS

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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 few minutes at peak feeding times. Birds expected to fledge this week.

DEMOISELLE CRANE
One one report today at 0630 this morning. Looked for but not seen after this time.

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above
GREAT SNIPE 1

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

Moni Perivolis
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK male

Polichnitos Saltpans
CITRINE WAGTAIL fem
Tawny Pipit 1

North Coast track
RIVER WARBLER 2
Collared Flycatcher 1

Sigri & Faneromeni
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1
Lesser Grey Shrike 3
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1
Collared Flycatcher 3

Sigri old Sanatorium
Red-breasted Flycatcher male

Ipsilou
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

near Agriosikos
Marsh Warbler 1 along track on opposite side of main road to the Agriosikos track

Alikoudi Pool
Temminck’s Stint 4
Little Stint 100+
White-winged Tern 2

Metochi
Little Crake 2
OSPREY 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Short-toed Lark
Rufous Bush-robin 1
Red-throated Pipit

Meladia Valley
Purple Heron 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Water Rail 1
Pallid Swift 70+
Common Cuckoo 1
Golden Oriole 2
Rufous Bush-robin 1
Red-backed Shrike 6
usual buntings, wheatears, Rock Nuthatch, etc

Agriosikos
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler

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

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Glossy_Ibis_2015 05 04Glossy Ibis, Alykes Wetlands © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents recently – 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.

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.

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 but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

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

BIRD NEWS

DEMOISELLE CRANE
Still present in its favoured fields west of the Christou river until 100 hrs at least.

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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 few minutes at peak feeding times. Birds expected to fledge this week.

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above.
PALLID Harrier fem
GREAT SPOTED CUCKOO 1

Petra
GRIFFON VULTURE 1 at 1420

Stipsi
BLACK KITE 1 at 1645h

Asomatos
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 1 at 1710h

Tsiknias River
Glossy Ibis 53 north at c.1030h
Great Crested Grebe 1 offshore
Red-footed Falcon 1
Temminck’s Stint 2
Collared Pratincole 14
CITRINE WAGTAIL male & fem
Rufous Bush-robin 1
PENDULINE TIT 2 – see above

Ipsilou
Eleonora’s Falcon 2
WRYNECK 1
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Goshawk 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 4
Hobby 2

Metochi
Little Biteern 4
Little Crake 6

Sigri & Faneromeni
Common Ringed Plover 1
Temminck’s Stint 1
Collared Pratincole 2
Collared Flycatcher 3

Mesa
Ruddy Shelduck 7
Glossy Ibis 15
Great Egret 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Quail 1
Garganey 2
Peregrine 1
Glossy Ibis 78
Temminck’s Stint 11
Collared Pratincole 11
White-winged Tern 19
Whiskered tern 7

beach pool south of Achladeri
Purple Heron 1

Meladia Valley
Bee-eater 15
Golden Oriole 2
Rufous Bush-robin 1
Collared Flycatcher 1

Molivos
Pallid Swift 2

Lotzaria
Bee-eater 4

Agriosikos
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler

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

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Little_Owl_2015_05_13Little Owl, Petrified Forest © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents recently – 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.

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.

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 but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

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

BIRD NEWS

WALLCREEPER
No further news following the report of a bird on Mt Olympus on 1 May. See here for more details.

DEMOISELLE CRANE
Still present in its favoured fields west of the Christou river. Seen to fly low north at c.1130h and no reports since.

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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.

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites in recent days.

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above.

Tsiknias River
Garganey 1
Squacco Heron 9
Little Bittern 1
Little Crake 2
Common Sandpiper 1
CITRINE WAGTAIL fem
PENDULINE TIT 2 – see above

Perama, Gera Bay
BOOTED EAGLE 1

Eklissia Agios Georgios
BLACK KITE 1 at 1650h
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 1 at 1545h

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Short-toed Eagle 7
Long-legged Buzzard 3
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 1 at 1400h
Goshawk 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Peregrine 1

Petra
GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1

Metochi
Little Crake 1
Squacco Heron 1
GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1

Meladia Valley
Red-breasted Flycatcher fem

Skala Kallonis Pool
Glossy Ibis 4
Squacco Heron 1
Savi’s Warbler 1

Sigri & Faneromeni
Purple Heron 1
Temminck’s Stint 2
Collared Pratincole 3
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 2
Eleonora’s Falcon 3
Nightjar 1
Bee-eater – heard over but not seen
Golden Oriole 1
Rufous Bush-robin 2
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Red-backed Shrike 6
Collared Flycatcher 4
Pied Flycatcher 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Quail 1
Garganey 4
Glossy Ibis 24
Purple Heron 1
Squacco Heron 4
Temminck’s Stint 7
Black-tailed Godwit 3
Collared Pratincole 5
Black Tern 2
White-winged Tern 18
Whiskered tern 2

Pithariou Reservoir
Purple Heron 1

Ipsilou
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 1
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

Haramida
Night-heron 4

Polichnitos Saltpans
Temminck’s Stint 1
Curlew Sandpiper 15
Sanderling 15

Agriosikos
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 2+

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 2+

Kavaki
Red-footed Falcon 1
Ruppell’s Warbler

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

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Demoiselle_2015 05 02Demoiselle Crane, nr Christou (Kamares) River © Steve P. Dudley (iPhone-scope image)

NOTICES

Bad behaviour
We’ve had a series of incidents recently – 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.

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.

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 but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

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

BIRD NEWS

WALLCREEPER
Late news of one reported from the top of Mt Olympus near Agiassos, yesterday, 1 May. See here for more details.

GRIFFON VULTURE
No sightings today

DEMOISELLE CRANE
Still present in its favoured fields west of the Christou river. It does go missing at times and early morning and evenings appear to be the best times to look for it.

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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.

OLIVE-TREE WARBLER
Being reported from several breeding sites yesterday and today.

RUFOUS BUSH-ROBIN
Being reported from several breeding sites yesterday and today.

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above.
Little Crake 1
OSPREY 1

Ipsilou
COMMON ROCK-THRUSH fem on the ‘up’ road at c.1000h

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Eleonora’s Falcon 4
Hobby 2
Goshawk 1
SEMICOLLARED FLYCATCHER 1

Skala Sikaminias
BOOTED EAGLE 1 at 1200h

Btwn Lepytimnos and Sikaminia
IMPERIAL EAGLE 1 subadult at 1300h

Tsiknias River
PurpleHeron 1
Squacco Heron 5
Glossy Ibis 13
Temminck’s Stint 4
Collared Pratincole 37
White-winged Tern 50+
PENDULINE TIT 2 – see above

Perasma
ROLLER 1

Metochi
Little Bittern 6
Night-heron 4
Little Crake 6
ROLLER 2
Bee-eater 1
Red-backed Shrike 7

Skala Kallonis Pool
RIVER WARBLER 1
Marsh Warbler 1

Sigri & Faneromeni
Little Bittern 1
Temminck’s Stint 2
Bee-eater 20+
CITRINE WAGTAIL fem (lower ford)

Agriosikos
Eleonora’s Falcon 2
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 2+

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 2+

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler

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

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Rocky_Nut_2015_05_01Rock Nuthatch, Metochi © Steve P. Dudley

NOTICES

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.

Today a Dutch photographer, in camouflage outfit, was seen entering the river from the east bank to below to the nest. There’s always someone.

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.

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 but I don’t know where its reached (if you know please let me know).

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

BIRD NEWS

GRIFFON VULTURE
1 Ipsilou 1020h, then another or same bird over Stipsi at 1120 and then two birds over the Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint at 1220h. No further sightings.

DEMOISELLE CRANE
Still present in its favoured fields west of the Christou river.

PENDULINE TIT
The pair still nesting 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.

KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, ACHLADERI
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 (I’ve been told the blue bag is back on the tree to view from) 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.

Tsiknias River
PENDULINE TIT 2 – see above
RIVER WARBLER 1
COMMON ROSEFINCH female along west bank near ‘market garden’ at 1100h and 1800h (only five previous records)

Christou (Kamares) River
DEMOISELLE CRANE adult – see above.

Ipsilou
GRIFFON VULTURE 1 at 1020h
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

Stipsi
GRIFFON VULTURE 1 at 1120h

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
GRIFFON VULTURE 2 east at 1220h
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 1 at 1050h and 1 at 1150h
SHORT-TOED EAGLE 6
Long-legged Buzzard 2
Common Buzzard 4
Goshawk 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 2
Red-footed Falcon 1
Hobby 2
Common Kestrel 1
Bee-eater 35

Sigri & Faneroemni
ROLLER 1
Golden Oriole 3
Red-backed Shrike 12
Lesser Grey Shrike 4
Collared Flycatcher 2

Alikoudi Pool
ROLLER 1

Platania
Olive-tree Warbler 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Red-footed Falcon 1
Spotted Redshank 1
Ruff 525
White-winged Tern 48
Whiskered Tern 20
Black Tern 1
Little Tern 50+

Skala Kallonis Pool
Glossy Ibis 12
Purple Heron 1
Squacco Heron 2

Metochi
Little Bittern 6
GREAT BITTERN 1
Little Crake 4
Red-backed Shrike 2
Marsh Warbler 1

Agriosikos
Eleonora’s Falcon 2
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 2+

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 2+

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler

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

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