3 May - now two Great Snipes!

Great Snipe, Nr Achladeri, 3 May 2013 
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© Anna Thompson

Two Great Snipes today, yesterday's bird still at Faneromeni and a new bird found near Achladeri. Griffon Vulture still out west. No news of either the White-throated Robins. Fewer shrikes out west but a cracking evening at Kalloni Saltpans with marsh terns and pratincoles.

Petrified Forest
No news today.

We now have confirmation that we have two males and a female robin in the park. The males are holding territory close to one another and a female has been seen with the male near the concrete building. We are now treating this as a breeding attempt. Please therefore view only from the road and not from within the park to avoid disturbing them.

I've been told that the police are aware of misbehaviour here, including the use of recordings (illegal here) and are now going to be making patrols of the area, especially when the park is closed, to ensure that no one is using recordings or harassing the birds now they are presumed to be breeding. Please be sure to pass this message around.

It also means they are expected to hang around! Which is good news to those arriving today and next week.

Sigri & Faneromeni area
GREAT SNIPE 1 (lower ford)
Spotted Crake 1 (lower ford)
Red-backed Shrike 30+

Beach road between Achladeri and Skala Vasilikon
GREAT SNIPE 1 on first pool travelling south
Eleonora's Falcon 1

Nr Antissa

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Rufous Bush-robin 2 in beach tamarisks (view from shoreline, please don't walk through bushes)
Black Stork 24
White-winged Tern 38
Whiskered Tern 41
Sandwich Tern 2
Gull-billed Tern 5
Little Gull1 
Spoonbill 1
Ruddy Shelduck 4
Red-throated Pipit 6
Short-toed Lark 5
Collared Pratincole 12
Ruff 330
Temminck's Stint 2
Curlew Sandpiper 21
Mallard 1
Purple Heron 4
Mediterranean Gull 6
Grey Plover 4
Turnstone 3
Red-footed Falcon 10

Great Spotted Cuckoo 1
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1

South of Vatousa
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 3 singing males

Lardia Valley
Eleonora's Falcon 1

Scopoli's Shearwater 3
Alpine Swift 30
Bee-eater 12

White-winged Tern 9
Whiskered Tern 1
Temminck's Stint 2
Greenshank 1

Kalloni Raptor Watchpint
Honey-buzzard 1
Hobby 2

Honey-buzzard 1

Agriosikos (east track)
Hawfinch 1

Metochi Lake
Little Bittern 3
Bee-eater 6
Purple Heron 1

Nr Skamioudi
Olive-tree Warbler 2

Potamia Valley
Olive-tree Warbler 1

Kruper's Nuthatch - female incubating and male visiting infrequently, expect to wait!

Ruppell's Warbler showing very well

Scops Owl 
Long-eared Owl adult by nest with 3 young (same site as 2012)

Soumouria 'Scops Copse'
Scops Owl 5l. Please do not harass the birds!