Friday, 29 April 2016

Posted By on April 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 

Temmincks SPDTemminck’s Stint, Almyropotamos River (Lisvori) © Steve P. Dudley

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.

Perasma
GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 2 beyond reservoir
Lesser Grey Shrike 1

Ipsilou
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK male

Faneromeni
Little Bittern 1
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK male
Lesser Grey Shrike 1

Tsiknias River
Great Crested Grebe 1
Great Bittern 1
Night-heron 1
Little Bittern 2
Squacco Heron 1
BAILLON’S CRAKE 1 reported halfway between ford and river mouth
Little Crake 1
Montagu’s Harrier male
Red-footed Falcon 2
Curlew 1
PENDULINE TIT – male still around the ford
Rufous Bush-robin 1

Kalloni Saltpans
Spoonbill 1
Purple Heron 1
Marsh Harrier 2
Red-footed Falcon 31
Common Ringed Plover 4
Curlew Sandpiper 39
Temminck’s Stint 5
Turnstone 1
Gull-billed Tern 8
Sandwich Tern 1
Whiskered Tern 10
White-winged Tern 5
Black Tern 1
Lesser Grey Shrike 2
Red-throated Pipit 1
CITRINE WAGTAIL 1
[Grey Partridge 1 – presumably a released hunter’s bird as they do not occur on the island]

Kalami Marsh & Mesa Wetland
Garganey 2
Purple Heron 1

Agriosikos
Eleonora’s Falcon 4
Hobby 1
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1

Meladia Valley
Collared Flycatcher 10
Spanish Sparrow 50+
Red-backed Shrike ‘countless’

Mavria (Napi Valley)
Eleonora’s Falcon 1

Metochi Lake
Little Bittern 2
Little Crake 1

Skala Kallonis Pool
Little Crake 1

Makara
Garganey 2
Little Bittern 2

Skala Vasilikon
Olive Tree Warbler 5

Mesa
Red-footed Falcon 1

Lotzaria
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem
Montagu’s Harrier ad male and ad fem
Red-footed Falcon 2
Lesser Grey Shrike 4

Palios
Purple Heron 9

Potamia Valley
FERRUGINOUS DUCK 2 on ‘mini’ reservoir
Spoonbill 4 north
Purple Heron 2

Alikoudi Pool
Collared Pratincole 4
Temminck’s Stint 2

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler 3

Agia Triada, Soumouria (Kalloni mini soccer pitch)
Scops Owl 4

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For 2016 spring migrant first arrival dates see here

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About Steve Dudley

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.