6 May 2012

Bee-eater, Faneromeni © Steve Dudley

Far fewer birders around this week so news is going to be a lot thinner. But first day for the new arrivals is a good one with Broad-billed Sandpiper and Great Snipe found on the seasonal pools at the Kalloni Saltpans.

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).

Weather - Blue skies, light to moderate southerly breeze, 26C 

NEW - news on day trips (those with spaces remaining), events and other info (like what new cafes/tavenras might be worth trying) for the 2012 birding weeks - see here.


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.

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Great Snipe 1 - on pools opp saltworks
Broad-billed Sandpiper 1 - on pools opp saltworks
Lapwing 1
Collared Pratincole 4
Curlew 1
White-winged Tern 4
Gull-billed Tern 1
Black Tern 1
Rufous Bush-robin
Tawny Pipit 1

Montagu's / Pallid Harrier fem - reported as both species, but if its the same bird as the other day (and the description suggests it is) then this is a Montagu's Harrier

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Levant Sparrowhawk 1
Honey-buzzard 1
Goshawk 1
Short-toed Eagle 4

Tsiknias River
Little Bittern 2
Squacco Heron 1
Red-throated Pipit 1
Filia mast
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 6+ on territory

Lanner 1
Thrush Nightingale 1
Common Pochard 1

Levant Sparrowhawk 1
Montagu's Harrier 1
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1 on territory still
Red-backed Shrike 1
Lesser Kestrel 2
Long-legged Buzzard 2
Short-toed Eagle 1
Usual buntings, wheatears, Rock Sparrow, etc. No migrants.

Meladia Valley
Lesser Grey Shrike 2
Common Cuckoo 2
Red-backed Shrike 4
Ruddy Shelduck 4
Purple Heron 1
Bee-eater 2
Spotted Flycatcher 10

Sigri & Feneromeni
Eleonora's Falcon 2
Bee-eater 50+
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike 4
Curlew Sandpiper 1

Audouin's Gull 2
Yelkouan Shearwater 100
Scopoli's Shearwater 15