Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Posted By on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 18.01.37Caspian Terns, Kalloni Saltpans © Jason Coppock

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. Polichnitos Saltpans was flooded two weeks ago, but this was simply adding water on to long hard ground so very few waders have been seen there to date. Alikoudi Pool still holds some water and is attracting small numbers of waders.

BIRD NEWS

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

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE 1
PALLID HARRIER 2CY fem
Red-footed Falcon 3
Common Ringed Plover 14
Grey Plover 1
Temminck’s Stint 2
Little Stint 53
Curlew Sandpiper 67
RED KNOT 8 reported from NW corner
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE winter bird to 1730h at least in SW pans
CASPIAN TERN 7
Gull-billed Tern 1
Sandwich Tern 1
White-winged Tern 3
Black Tern 1
Tawny Pipit 1

Kalami Marsh & Mesa Wetland
Squacco Heron 2
Purple Heron 1
SPOTTED CRAKE 1
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1

Christou River
SPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1
Common Ringed Plover 2
Green Sandpiper 2
Curlew Sandpiper 4
Temminck’s Stint 1
Marsh Warbler 1

Tsiknias River
Shoveler 1
Night-heron 1
Little Bittern 1
Squacco Heron 1
Purple Heron 1
Grey Plover 1
Sanderling 3
Curlew 1

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Eleonora’s Falcon 1

North Coast Track
Eleonora’s Falcon 1

Potamia River main road bridge
Squacco Heron 1
Purple Heron 1
Honey-buzzard 1

Ipsilou
Golden Oriole 3
Wood Warbler 1
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1

Antissa
Ortolan Bunting 1

Lotzaria
Red-footed Falcon 1

Sigri Old Sanotorium
Red-breasted Flycatcher 2

Faneromeni
Olive-tree Warbler 1
CITRINE WAGTAIL fem at upper ford

Tavari
Little Bittern 1
Squacco Heron 1

Perasma
Squacco Heron 3

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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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.