25 April - Cyprus Warbler!

A female found by Jamie MacArthur (http://www.ornithography.com/) late evening along the track to the beach cafe near the Kalloni Saltpans saltworks entrance. Jamie apparantly has great photos of this first for Lesvos which many of us will be keen to see and even keener to see if the bird is still present in the morning!

Collared Flycatcher, Faneromeni Ford © Steve Dudley

Otherwise, its been a relatively quiet day for passerine migrants with nothing of particular note reported. A few good raptors reported in the morning as the wind dropped overnight and we had only a nlight northerly and clear blue skies for the whole day.

Kalloni Saltpans - White-winged Black Tern 19, Whiskered Tern 1. Usual waders (fewer than yesterday though).

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint (bandstand) - Goshawk 1 male, Short-toed Eagle 5+, Long-legged Buzzard 2.

Potamia - GOLDEN EAGLE 1 reported near Anetomia.

Kalloni Mini Soccer Pitch (Scops Copse) - Scops Owl, still in fifth roadside tree from right hand entrance/exit.

Fields around Kalloni Saltpans (inc. flooded fields opp. saltoworks entrance) - PALLID HARRIER 1 fem enjoyed by many birders this evening. Glossy Ibis 70+, Purple Heron 2, Great White Egret 3, Garganey 3, White Stork 1, Common Snipe 1, Marsh Harrier 5+, Montagu's Harrier 3+.

Kavaki (nr Petra) - Eleanora's Falcon 1 dark bird, Ruppell's Warbler 3+ males seen today bewteen layby by disco and upper layby, Orphean Warblers 5+, Blue Rock Thrush. Chukar.

Petra Reservoir - now full again after repairs over the winter. Bee-eater 100+, Ruddy Shelduck 2, Tree Pipit 1 (one of few migrants seen on north coast today).

Eftalou to Skala Sikaminias - very quiet. Black-headed Bunting 1, lots of Turtle Doves, a few Whinchat then no other migrants apart form breeding birds. Very few Cretzcshmar's Buntings. Long-legged Buzzard 1.

Skala Kallonis Pool - Great Bittern 1, Garganey 4.

Tsiknias River - Citrine Wagtail 1.

Metochi Lake - Little Bittern 5, Little Crake 4, Short-toed Eagle 7+.

Polichnitos Saltpans - Great Snipe 1, Citrine Wagtail 1, Tawny Pipit 2.

Meladia Valley - Great Spotted Cuckoo (nr chapel nr ford), Collared Flycatcher 1.

Possibly more news to follow for today as most birders avoiding the hotel tonight due to a big, fat, Greek wedding party going on to the wee hours! Check back for more news from today, tomorrow night.