LESVOS BIRDS 2015
written and compiled by Steve Dudley
This is the seventh annual bird report for Lesvos. Running to 220 pages it includes species accounts for all 333 species ever recorded from Lesvos, and detailed accounts for those recorded during 2015, with many colour photographs and various updates on birding sites on the island and more general birding and visitor information.
Many notable rare species are included within the report including details of the first ever record of Demoiselle Crane (and the fifth record for Greece); the second record of Smew; the 4th records of Red Kite, xanthophrys Yellow Wagtail and Brambling; the 5th and 6th records of Common Rosefinch; the seventh record of Common Gull; the eighth record of Black-winged Pratincole; the 10th record of Common Crane; the 11th and 12th records of Steppe Buzzard; the 12th records of Stock Dove and Great Grey Shrike; the 14th records of Red-necked Phalarope and Calandra Lark; plus records of Gadwall, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Pygmy Cormorant, details of four satellite tracked Egyptian Vultures (from 2012 and 2013), Griffon Vulture, Spur-winged Plover, Great Snipe, Whimbrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, a record count of Mediterranean Gull, record numbers of Red-footed Falcons on autumn passage, Merlin, an Eagle Owl found injured and taken in to care, three pairs of breeding Penduline Tits, record numbers of wintering Moustached Warblers, Grasshopper Warbler, Semicollared Flycatcher, Common Rock-thrush, and only the third ever autumn Citrine Wagtail. Many colour photographs and various updates on birding sites on the island and more general birding and visitor information.