19 April 2011 - Spectacled Warbler in large arrival of migrants

Cold and windy and occasionally wet. Low of 5C plus the windchill – its cold!

Loads of passerine migrants. Collared Flycatchers still everywhere from the other days arrival, but today saw a huge influx of warblers (mainly Sylvia), Nightingales, Turtle Doves, Whinchats, Common Redstarts and other species.

A Spectacled Warbler found today is, if accepted, the first record for Lesvos!

Semi-collared flycatchers – really? See here.

Sigri FieldsSPECTACLED WARBLER male in sheltered fig grove with many other migrants (Common Whitethroats, Blackaps, Collared Flys, Nightingales); Citrine Wagtail 4 (inc. 2 males), Gull-billed Tern 1, Purple Heron 2, Squacco Heron 4, Golden Oriole 2, Common Kingfisher 1.

Skala KallonisSEMI-COLLARED FLYCATCHER 2 fems, Golden Oriole, Long-eared Owl (all Hotel Pasiphae garden).

Perasma ReservoirSEMI-COLLARED FLYCATCHER male, Whiskered Tern 1, Hobby 1.

Napi Valley - SEMI-COLLARED FLYCATCHER 2 (m&f), Ortolan Bunting 1, Red-footed Falcon fem.

Konditsia Valley- SEMI-COLLARED FLYCATCHER 1, Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler 1.

FaneromeniSPUR-WINGED PLOVER 1 (on road to beach), Yelkouan and Scolopoli’s Shearwaters offshore. Fords Citrine Wagtail 2 (m&f – upper), Little Crake 2 (lower), Little Bittern 1, Common Kingfisher 1, Green Sandpiper 1, plus many common migrants – Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Orphean Warbler, Common Redstart, Collared Flycatcher.

Metochi LakePENDULINE TIT fem, Savi’s Warbler 1, Honey-buzzard 1 (first reported), Little Crake 4.

Sigri Old SanitoriumBarred Warbler 2 (m&f) – loads of commoner migrants.

Meladia ValleyWryneck 1 (on track to river mouth), Wood Warbler (chapel), Purple Heron 2, Glossy Ibis 1, Montagu's Harrier 5 (2 males, 3 r/t), Marsh Harrier 2, Hen Harrier 2, Great Reed Warbler 10+.

Tsiknias River – Temminck’s Stint 2, Common Ringed Plover 1, Green Sandpiper 2, Sandwich Tern 3, Squacco Heron 5.

Christou (Kamares) River – Gull-billed Tern 3, Whiskered Tern 1, Dunlin 20, Mediterranean Gull 1.

Petrified Forest ParkRed-footed Falcon male.

Soumouria (Scops Copse) – Scops Owl 2.

Kalloni Saltpans – Glossy Ibis 200+ on flood opp saltworks entrance, Hen Harrier 1, Marsh Harrier 1.

Lotzaria – Montagu’s Harrier 4.

Polichnitos Saltpans – Whiskered Tern 1, Black-tailed Godwit 8.

Ipsilou – completely shrouded in cloud – no news.

Black Kite 1-2 Antissa - Sigi.