Friday, 8 May 2015

Posted By on May 8, 2015 in 2015, 2015, 2015 spring bird news | 

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

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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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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.