7 May 2012

Scops Owl, Soumouria 'Scops Copse', Kalloni 
© Steve Dudley

The Broad-billed Sandpiper by the saltworks entrance performed well most of the day and was watched until dusk. A Common Snipe present at the same site, and said to be present yesterday too, casts a shadow over yesterday's claimed Great Snipe from these pools. A Lesser Spotted Eagle was seen near Molivos and Scops Owls remain in the Soumouria Scops Copse and at Papiana.

Faneromeni - please do not drive up and down the river here. It is selfish as all it does is flush everything off the river for others to enjoy. I witnessed two birder/photographers cars today and photographed them both and will pass the images on to their respective hire companies. If you see anyone driving down the rivers please photo them and send me the photos (photos must show registration and tell me who the hire company is).

Petrol/Deisel - the cheapest stations are just after EKO the Plomari (Dipi Larisos) turn c.13km out of Mytilini and at Petra. So those collecting cars from the airport might want to fill up as you drive west. Those collecting cars at the hotels are best to use Petra.

Weather - Blue skies, light to moderate southerly breeze, 28C, turning overcast mid-afternoon providing a pleasant cooler 20C for the evening 

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Achladeri & Kruper's Nuthatch
One pair feeding young near last years nest site along the top. Park your car by the white building building, walk up the main track through the forest, bear left at the fork, then follow the track left past the rubbish pile on the next corner and up the straight section of track. After c200m look for a thick black pine tree with a sap scar and a pile of 4 sandy-coloured rocks at the base. From this tree look in to the forest at 90 degrees from the track and look for a sheep/rams skull at base. Nest is in this tree on left hand side between two very short broken branch stumps.
Nr Molivos
Lesser Spotted Eagle 1 north at 1620

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Broad-billed Sandpiper 1 - on pools opp saltworks
Common Snipe 1 - on pools opp saltworks - if you have any photos of yday's reported Great Snipe I'd appreciate them. Thanks
Lapwing 1
Curlew Sandpiper 4
Ruff 64
Little Stint 41
Temminck's Stint 1
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Greenshank 1
Gull-billed Tern 1
Garganey 1
Ruddy Shelduck 8
Squacco Heron 6
Great White Egret 3
Little Egret 14
Grey Heron 4
White Stork 1
Rufous Bush-robin 1 along beach
Greater Flamingo - 100+ landed in Alykes Wetland sheepfields at back of pans at c. 1630
NOTE - on no account must you enter the saltworks! Today I found one of the pieces of metal fencing by the gate had been untied and birders were entering the site. This is private property.

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Red-footed Falcon 1
Goshawk 3 inc. 2 displaying birds
Short-toed Eagle 4
Long-legged Buzzard 2
Common Buzzard 2
Hobby 1
Peregrine 1

Levant Sparrowhawk 1

Tsiknias River
Little Bittern 1
Temminck's Stint 1

Soumouria 'Scops Copse'
Scops Owl 1 - in 2nd tree on right as you enter from the Kalloni end

Scops Owl 1 - in 4th eucalyptus down from the green and blue waste bins past the school (and on opposite side from school)
Long-eared Owl 1

Levant Sparrowhawk 1

Montagu's Harrier 1
Eleonora's Falcon 3

Lardia Valley
Honey-buzzard 1

Polichnitos Saltpans
Curlew Sandpiper 18