Tuesday, 26 April 2016

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Pallid Harrier Steve Bird2CY female Pallid Harrier, Kalloni Saltpans © Steve Bird

NOTICES

Dirt tracks
Take care on all dirt roads. Most hire car insurance does not cover the underside of the car.

Water levels
Wetland levels are now very low or gone in many places places including Alykes Wetlands. Tsiknias River and Metochi Lake have good levels. Meladia Valley ford is nearly dry. Faneromani lower ford is completely dry and the upper ford is nearly dry.

BIRD NEWS

Plenty of Black-headed Buntings and Bee-eaters around now – I will only list significant counts/flock numbers.

Achladeri
Kruper’s Nuthatch – pr feeding 3 fledged young.
Walk through forest to the stream, cross the stream then turn left and birds c.200m along this track in area of dense pine cones

Skala Vasilikon
Squacco Heron 1
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem

Kalami Marsh & Mesa Wetland
Garganey 2
FERRUGINOUS DUCK 1 near main road junction
Purple Heron 1
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1 near main road junction

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Montagu’s Harrier male
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem
Red-footed Falcon 4
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1 in NW corner (same later at pumping station?)
Temmick’s Stint 4
Curlew Sandpiper 1
Black Tern 1
Golden Oriole 1
Tawny Pipit 2
Red-throated Pipit 12

Tsiknias River
Night-heron 1
Little Bittern 1
Glossy Ibis 7
Purple Heron 1
BAILLON’S CRAKE 1 immediately south of ford on west side (view from east side)
Little Crake 1
Montagu’s Harrier male
Green Sandpiper 1
Curlew 1
PENDULINE TIT – male still around the ford

Potamia Valley
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK male
Common Cuckoo 1

Meladia Valley
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem
Lesser Kestrel 6
Alpine Swift 6
Pallid Swift 6
Common Swift 40
Golden Oriole 7
Rufous Bush-robin 1
Orphean Warbler 5
Wood Warbler 3
Spotted Flycatcher 6
Collared Flycatcher 3 fem
Pied Flycatcher fem
Red-backed Shrike 4

Sigri Fields
Short-toed Eagle 1
Lesser Kestrel 4
Hobby 1
ROLLER 1 (later Faneromeni lower ford)
Red-backed Shrike 3

Faneromeni
Bee-eater 200
ROLLER 1 (earlier Sigri Fields)
Golden Oriole 11
Wood Warbler 6
Red-backed Shrike 4
Black-headed Bunting 35 (one flock)

Ipsilou
Golden Oriole 1
Wood Warbler 6
Spotted Flycatcher 6

Alikoudi Pool
Collared Pratincole 5
Common Ringed Plover 2
Temmick’s Stint 1
Little Stint 1
Curlew Sandpiper 1
Greenshank 2
Black-tailed Godwit 1

Skala Kallonis Pool
Red-footed Falcon 1

Vatousa
Eleonora’s Falcon 2

Moni Perivolis
Collared Flycatcher 1

Agriosikos
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1

Lotzaria
Montagu’s Harrier male
Lesser Grey Shrike 1

Metochi lake
Little Bittern 1
Purple Heron 1

Aghias Ioannis
Ortolan Bunting 1

Nr Eresos
Ortolan Bunting 1

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler 3

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Short-toed Eagle 4
Goshawk 1
Red-footed Falcon 1
Eleonora’s Falcon 2

Agia Triada, Soumouria (Kalloni mini soccer pitch)
Scops Owl 7

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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.