6 May - marsh terns bonanza

Did anyone go out west today? No news from any western sites at all. Impressive numbers of marsh terns at Kalloni Saltpans. 

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.

Kallon Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
White-winged Tern 250
Whiskered Tern 18
Gull-billed Tern 3
Black Tern 2
Little Gull 1
Collared Pratincole 4
White Stork 28
Black Stork 8
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Dunlin 1
Ruff 470
Little Stint 45
Rufous Bush-robin 1 on beach
Short-toed Lark 2
Red-throated Pipit 2

Vourkos River mouth
Citrine Wagtail fem

Skala Kallonis
River Warbler 1 (behind Imerti Hotel)
Pallid Swift 1
Night-heron 2
Little Bittern 1

Napi Valley
Honey-buzzard 1

Potamia Valley
Olive-tree Warbler 1

Tsiknias River
Little Bittern 1
Squacco Heron 8
Bee-eater 6

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

Alikoudi Pool
Glossy Ibis 2
White-winged Tern 10
Temminck's Stint 1
Common Ringed Plover 8
Ruff 39

Nr Skamnioudi
Olive-tree Warbler 4+

Polichnitos Saltpans
Curlew Sandpiper 4
Ruff 45
Little Stint 6
Olive-tree Warbler 1 in copse to north
Red-backed Shrike 2

Ruppell's Warbler showing very well

Scops Owl 
Long-eared Owl - the young have left the nest, no sign of them or adults

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