Sunday, 1 May 2016

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Spoonbill ManningSpoonbill, Kalami Marsh © Paul Manning

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.

Petrol Stations – Easter holiday opening
Monday – BP on the Mytilini road on east side of Kalloni
Tuesday – EKO on Mytilini road east of Kalloni just before the Tsiknias River road bridge

BIRD NEWS

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

Tsiknias River
Shoveler 1
Little Bittern 2
Squacco Heron 3
RED KNOT 9 at river mouth (Greek national rarity. Only six previous records, all singles)
Turnstone 2
Gull-billed Tern 1
Rufous Bush-robin 1

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
IMPERIAL EAGLE 2CY at 1150h
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK 1
Red-footed Falcon 4
Hobby 1

Potamia ‘mini’ reservoir
FERRUGINOUS DUCK 2
Night-heron 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem (same as Lotzaria)
Red-footed Falcon 51
Temminck’s Stint 1
Black Tern 2
Short-toed Lark 1
Red-throated Pipit 1
Rufous Bush-robin 1

Lotzaria
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem (same as saltpans)
Montagu’s Harrier male
Lesser Grey Shrike 1

Christou River
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem (same as saltpans and Tsiknias River)

Kalami Marsh
Garganey 2
Scuacco Heron 1
Night-heron 1
Spoonbill 1
Purple Heron 4
Water Rail 1
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK male
Gull-billed Tern 1
Nightjar 1

Lotzaria
Squacco Heron 3
Purple Heron 1
Golden Oriole 2

Klapados
Golden Oriole 1
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 6+

Alikoudi Pool
Collared Pratincole 1
Common Ringed Plover 4
Temminck’s Stint 3
Curlew Sandpiper 2

Nr Skamnioudi
Olive-tree Warbler 4+

Sigri
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1
Common Redstart 1
Wood Warbler 1
Red-backed Shrike 30+

Faneromeni
ROLLER 2
Collared Flycatcher 1
Red-backed Shrike 20+

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
LEVANT SPARROWHAWK 1

Nr Megalachori
Eleonora’s Falcon 1
usual buntings, wheatears, Blue Rock-thrush, etc

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler 3

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

For more bird news see the Lesvos Birders Facebook Group

For 2016 spring migrant first arrival dates see here

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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.