5 May - migrants galore part I

Rufous Bush Robin, Sigri Old Sanitorium © Steve Dudley

The birds reported as Cyprus Warbler have been identified as Barred Warblers. For photos see the BirdForum thread at

Meladia Valley - BLACK KITE 2, one early morning and one arrived at 1955h headed inland at 2005), Gull-billed Tern 2 (feeding along valley track moving west, Rose-coloured Starling (in hedge immediately west of chapel), Icterine Warbler 11, Lesser Grey Shrike 12, Red-backed Shrike 50++, Orphean Warbler 8, Common Redstart, Little Bittern 3, Montagu's Harrier fem, Rufous Bush Robin 1 singing west of ford at dusk. Lots of common migrants.

Ipsilou - LEVANT SPARROWHAWK 1 male, Icterine Warbler 4, Masked Shrike 2, Hobby 1. Lots of common migrants.

Faneromeni - LEVANT SPARROWHAWK 5+, ROLLER 8+, CITRINE WAGTAIL male, COLLARED FLYCATCHER fem, Red-footed Falcon 6, usual herons, etc.

Sigri Old Sanotorium - RUFOUS BUSH ROBIN 1, Red-breasted Flycatcher male, European Nightjar roosting on rock in field, Barred Warbler 1, Black-headed Bunting 30 (single flock), Golden Oriole 10, Red-backed Shrike 20+.

Polichnitos Saltpans - CITRINE WAGTAIL fem.

Lardia Valley - EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER 1 still by second lay-by from Vatousa end.

Petra Reservoir (Perasma) - Thrush Nightingale, Lesser Grey Shrike 6.

Petra - Savi's Warbler, Thrush Nightingale.

Napi Valley - Olive-tree Warbler 2 (barrier site in upper valley), Icterine Warbler 1.

Kalloni Saltpans - LANNER 1 imm. RUFOUS BUSH ROBIN still in tamarisks west of beach cafe. Marsh Sandpiper 1, Little Gull 1st sum, Grey Plover. Usual herons, ibis, storks and waders on flood opposite saltworks entrance.

Molivos - Eleonora's Falcon 2. Yelkouan and Scopoli's Shearwaters offshore.

Aghias Fokas - Gull-billed Tern 2, Eleonora's Falcon 1.