Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Posted By on May 6, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

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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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.