Thursday, 28 April 2016

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Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 20.11.10Black-headed Bunting, Alikoudi Pool © Tim Chapman


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.


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

Kallon Raptor Watchpoint
GOLDEN EAGLE 1 3CY at 1155h
Eleonora’s Falcon 2
Red-footed Falcon 4
Goshawk 1

Purple Heron 1
GREAT SNIPE 1 in fields before beach road turn
Red-backed Shrike 12
Spotted Flycatcher 15

Potamia Valley
FERRUGINOUS DUCK 2 on ‘mini’ reservoir
Little Bittern 1
Night-heron 1
Spoonbill 4 north
Purple Heron 2

PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem (same as Tsiknias)
Montagu’s Harrier male
Red-footed Falcon 1
Lesser Grey Shrike 2

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Red-footed Falcon 2

Tsiknias River
Great Crested Grebe 1
Little Bittern 2
Glossy Ibis 7
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem (same as Lotzaria)
Red-footed Falcon 1
PENDULINE TIT – male still around the ford
Rufous Bush-robin 1

Alikoudi Pool
Collared Pratincole 4
Temminck’s Stint 2

Kalami Marsh & Mesa Wetland
Garganey 2
Purple Heron 1

Meladia Valley
Little Bittern 1
Squacco Heron 1
Lesser Kestrel 3
Eleonora’s Falcon 5
Alpine Swift 14
Pallid Swift 1
Golden Oriole 8
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1
Wood Warbler 4
Spotted Flycatcher 45+
Collared Flycatcher 10
Pied Flycatcher 3
Red-backed Shrike 20+
Lesser Grey Shrike 3
Tree Pipit 2

Mt Ordimnos
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 3+ at monastery
usual buntings, wheatears, etc

Metochi Lake
Little Crake 2
Golden Oriole 1

Honey-buzzard 1
Golden Oriole 2

Eleonora’s Falcon 1
Wood Warbler 2

Sigri Old Sanotorium
Lesser Kestrel 3
Eleonora’s Falcon 2

Ruppell’s Warbler 3

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

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