Sunday, 3 May 2015

Posted By on May 3, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

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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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.