5 May - two Lesser Spotted Eagles

Female Red-footed Falcon, Faneromeni, 5 May 2013 
(Falco vespertinus) (Ευρωπαϊκό) Μαυροκιρκίνεζο 
© Steve Dudley

Two Lesser spotted Eagles, Griffon Vulture still out west and a few smaller birds of prey, but an absolute dearth of passerine migrants. The Nightjar is still roosting on the same tree in Sigri fields.

Petrified Forest
No news today. The road to the forest was closed and will probably not be open now until Tuesday.

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.

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Honey-buzzard 1
Goshawk 1

Meladia Valley

Sigri & Faneromeni area
Nightjar 1 
Bee-eater 26
Temminck's Stint (beach)
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1 (beach)
Little Bittern 1 (upper ford)
Night-heron 1 (upper ford)
Red-footed Falcon 1
Lesser Kestrel 1
Rufous Bush-robin 1
Alpine Swift 3
Ruddy Shelduck 4

Marsh Warbler 1
Bee-eater 4

Mt Ordimnos
Levant Sparrowhawk fem
Eleonora's Falcon 1

Levant Sparrowhawk 1
Montagu's Harrier 1
Red-footed Falcon 1
Marsh Warbler 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
White-winged Tern 80
Whiskered Tern 30
Black Stork 24
White Stork 11
Purple Heron 5
Red-footed Falcon 1

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 3

Tsiknias River
Citrine Wagtail 2
Bee-eater 2

Metochi Lake
Little Bittern 3
Night-heron 16
Pallid Swift 3

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 5. Please do not harass the birds!