Birds, birds, birds!

One of the great attractions of Lesvos is that, being a migration island, pretty much any migrant can turn up anywhere! Whilst we have a good passage of many species each spring, there is nothing more exhilarating than being in the thick of a major spring fall, when birds fill every bush, and birds are just everywhere you look.

All of our day trips leave (0830) from and end (1900) at the Hotel Pasiphae, Skala Kallonis.

Species listed are a guide only! Nothing is guaranteed, particularly when birding!

Gulf of Kalloni

Toad - glossy ibisThe sites around the Gulf of Kalloni are many and varied. Being at the northern end of the Gulf, the area is a natural trap for migrants heading north. The coastal wetlands attract many species, not just waterbirds, but passage passerines and raptors as well as the sought after marsh terns and flocks of herons, egrets and ibis.

Toad - Kruper's NuthatchAchladeri Forest is vast and sprawling extending for many kilometres inland from the eastern side of the Gulf. The forest is home to the enigmatic Krüper’s Nuthatch and this one site accounts for around 99% of all Krüper’s Nuthatch sightings in Europe! The forest is also home to Short-toed Treecreeper plus many other breeding birds such as Masked Shrike, Woodlark, Cirl Bunting and Black Stork. Raptors regularly seen over the forest include Long-legged Buzzard and Goshawk. The olive groves along the eastern side of the Gulf are also home to the loud, but difficult-to-see, Olive-tree Warbler – for a big bird they can hide pretty well behind small leaves!

Species to look for on our Gulf of Kalloni days: Ruddy Shelduck, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Yelkouan Shearwater, Greater Flamingo, Black Stork, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Night-heron, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Goshawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Little Crake, Baillon’s Crake, Spotted Crake, Stone-curlew, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Slender-billed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Whiskered Tern, Long-eared Owl, Alpine Swift, Roller, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Masked Shrike, Greater Short-toed Lark, Woodlark, Red-rumped Swallow, Great Reed Warbler, Eastern Olive-tree Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Subalpine Warbler, Krüper’s Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Common Nightingale, Rufous Bush-robin, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, ue Rock-thrush, Spanish Sparrow, Black-headed Yellow Wagtail, Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, European Serin, Cirl Bunting, Black-headed Bunting.

CENTRAL LESVOS

Toad - scops owlThe narrow neck of land between the top of the Gulf of Kalloni and the north coast of the island is made of rolling hills, valleys, woodland and olive groves. Its a haven for breeding species and a natural route for migrants heading through or over the island to their breeding areas further north. Depending on birding further north during the day, we aim to end the day back at Kalloni Saltpans where migrants often arrive during the afternoon and evening.

Species to look for on our Central and Northern Lesvos days include: Chukar, Ruddy Shelduck, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Yelkouan Shearwater,Greater Flamingo, Black Stork, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Night-heron, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Goshawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Eleonora’s Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Little Crake, Baillon’s Crake, Spotted Crake, Stone-curlew, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Slender-billed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Audouin.s Gull, White-winged Tern, Whiskered Tern, Scops Owl, Long-eared Owl, Alpine Swift, Roller, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Masked Shrike, Sombre Tit, Greater Short-toed Lark, Woodlark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Great Reed Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Rüppell’s Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Krüper’s Nuthatch, Western Rock Nuthatch, Common Nightingale, Rufous Bush-robin, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Spanish Sparrow, Black-headed Yellow Wagtail, Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, European Serin, Cirl Bunting, Black-headed Bunting.

WESTERN LESVOS

Toad - Cinereous buntingThe wild, wild, west. This is a huge area and changes from rolling, wooded countryside of the central area to more open, barren and treeless areas of the far west. In the barren areas any wooded hillsides, groves or wooded valley bottom can prove to be magnets for both migrant and breeding species. One of the key migrant breeders we will search for is the gorgeously lemon-headed Cinereous Bunting. Lesvos hold around 98% of the entire European population of this species, and most of them are in western Lesvos. The area can be great for passage raptors too, and I’ve experienced my greatest ever spring fall of migrants anywhere in Europe in on this part of the island.

Species to look for on our Western Lesvos days include: Chukar, Ruddy Shelduck, Black Stork, White Stork, Little Bittern, Night-heron, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Goshawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Eleonora’s Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Little Crake, Spotted Crake, Alpine Swift, Roller, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Masked Shrike, Sombre Tit, Woodlark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Western Rock Nuthatch, Common Nightingale, Common Redstart, Rufous Bush-robin, Isabelline Wheatear, Northern Wheatear, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock-thrush, Semicollared Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Black-headed Yellow Wagtail, Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, European Serin, Cinereous Bunting, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Black-headed Bunting.

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