25 April 2011 - Booted Eagle and Cattle Egret

Wood Sandpiper, Tsiknias River. Common at most freshwater wetlands again this year © Steve Dudley

Another sunny day. Warm in the centre of the island, but bitterly cold out west.

After a trickle of Black-headed Buntings, Bee-eaters and other species in recent days, the expected rush of migrants hasn't happened yet. Hopefully tomorrow. Those leaving on Thursday are running out of time!

Semi-collared flycatchers – really? See here.

Collared Pratincoles - there are lots of reports of exhausted birds (birds falling over, birds with pronounced sternums, etc). Please do not harass any birds, this is aimed especially to photographers who were observed climbing fences and entering fields around the saltpans today and stalking one exhausted individual.

Kramastes Bridge - BOOTED EAGLE 1 (dark phase).

'nr Kalloni' - CATTLE EGRET 1 in sheep fields (sorry, no further info), Mallard with 6 ducklings (first confirmed breeding?).

Ipsilou - SEMI-COLLARED FLYCATCHER male, Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1, Wood Warbler, Collared Flycatcher, etc.

Kalloni Saltpans (and surrounding fields and wetlands) - Fan-tailed Warbler 1, Collared Pratincole 45+, Slender-billed Gull 3, Spoonbill 1, White-winged Black Tern 8, Whiskered Tern 4, Temminck's Stint 1, Black-tailed Godwit 3, Grey Plover 5, Eurasian Curlew 1, Whimbrel 1, Water Pipit (reported on main road pool), Glossy Ibis 100+, Ruff 250+, Short-toed Lark 6, Red-throated Pipit 6.

Faneromeni - Pallid Harrier 1, Golden Oriole 1, Little Crake 3, White-winged Black Tern 3, Woodchat Shrike 10+, Savi's Warbler 1, Collared Flycatcher 5+, Masked Shrike 2, Hoopoe 2, Turtle Dove 20+, Little Bittern 3, Purple Heron 10, Squacco Heron 2.

Sigri Old Sanatorium to Meladia Chapel - Ortolan Bunting 1, Masked Shrike 2, Woodchat Shrike 20+, Wood Warbler 1, Tawy Pipit 3, Lesser Kestrel 2.

Bandstand above Sigri - Ortolan Bunting 2, Cinereous Bunting 1, Lesser Kestrel 5.

Meladia Valley - Montagu's Harrier 1, Marsh Harrier 1, Woodchat Shrike 8.

- Ruppell's Warbler (2 prs active), Blue Rock-thrush, Peregrine,Crag Martin.

Aghios Ioannis - Alpine Swift, Cinereous and Cretztschmar's Buntings, Golden Oriole.

Lotzaria Pool - Spotted Redshank 1.

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint - Red-footed Falcon fem, Short-toed Eagle 6, Black Stork 1.

Tsiknias River - Night-heron 6, Little Bittern 2, Purple Heron 1, Hen Harrier fem, Hobby 1.