26 April 2012

Wow! What a change. A major arrival of terns, Golden and Lesser Spotted Eagles, but star bird of the day was the sub-adult Dalmatian Pelican enjoyed by many pre- and after breakfast.  seen too.

Weather - Blue skies, light southerly breeze, 26C.

Butterflies - Knapweed Fritillary - someone is working on fritillaries in the Aegean region and would welcome all records especially of Knapweed 'types', and where possible, with photos (particularly of the underwings). You can send records/photos to me via the contact link below left.

Logs - Lesvos Birding logs are in the Hotel Pasiphae and the taverna Dionysos (Skala Kallonis harbour front). Please don't just read them - share your bird news with others too. Thanks.

 Sub-adult Dalmatian Pelican, Kalloni Saltpans © Steve Dudley

Metochi Lake
LITTLE SWIFT - 1 - only one previoius Lesvos record (2004)

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
DALMATIAN PELICAN - sub-adult - present 0730 - 0930 at least on east side of pans
BAILLON'S CrAKE - still present along reeded channel in SW corner near pumping station
Common Pochard - fem
Collared Pratincole - 35
Gull-billed Tern - 39
White-winged Tern - 40
Whiskered Tern - 25
Glossy Ibis - 3
Great White Egret - 6
White Stork - 1
Lesser Grey Shrike - 1
Red-throated Pipit - 1
Black Stork - 2
Stone-curlew - 3
Ruddy Shelduck
Short-toed Lark - 4
Zitting Cisticola - 5
Little Stint - 50
Curlew Sandpiper - 8
Greenshank - 7
Lapwing - 1
Black-necked Grebe saltpans beach
Great Crested Grebe off saltpans beach

Gull-billed, Whiskered and White-winged Terns, Kalloni Saltpans
© Steve Dudley

GOLDEN EAGLE - sub-adult - north at 1600

Filia mast

Kruper's Nuthatch - one pair feeding young near last years nest site along the top (last years nest tree has fallen down). 
Park your car by the white building building, walk up the main track through the forest, bear left at the fork, then follow the track left past the rubbish pile on the next corner and up the straight section of track. After c200m look for a thick black pine tree with a sap scar and a pile of 4 sandy-coloured rocks at the base. From this tree look in to the forest at 90 degrees from the track and look for a sheep/rams skull at base. Nest is in this tree on left hand side between two very short broken branch stumps.

Gull-billed Tern - 44

Black Stork - 9

Tsiknias River
Marsh Sandpiper - 5
Temminck's Stint - 3
Black-headed Bunting - 1
Black Stork - 1
Great Reed Warbler - 5
Squacco Heron - 1
Little Bittern - 4
Black-headed Bunting - 1

Dipi Larisos 
Pygmy Cormorant - 2 still, ranging widely from river mouth, upstream (inc. getting in reeds up from the bridge) and bot hflew off and went down by the Mytilini road
Purple Heron - 1
Skala Kallonis Pool
Spotted Crake - one calling outside Kalloni Bay hotel entrance from 2100h
Little Crake
Squacco Heron

Aghias Ioannis 
Very good today for usual species here inc Cineresou Bunting and Rock Sparrow

Polichnitos Saltpans 
Mediterranean Gull - 2
Kalami Marsh
Little Crake - 1

Black Stork - 1

Scops Owl - 2
Long-eared Owl - 1
Soumouria Scops Copse
Scops Owl - 1 (in euclyptus with lilac sprig attached)

Ruppell's Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blue Rock-thrush, etc