Friday, 1 May 2015

Posted By on May 1, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

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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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.