Monday, 4 May 2015

Posted By on May 4, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

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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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.