29 April 2012

Citrine Wagtail, Faneromeni Upper Ford
© Steve Dudley

Quite disappointing after yesterday with fewer than expected migrants. The west still held most birds. 7 Citrine Wagtails now on the island and an Osprey seen.

Weather - Blue skies, light W breeze, 25C

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Achladeri & Kruper's Nuthatch
One pair feeding young near last years nest site along the top. 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.

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
BAILLON'S CRAKE - still present along reeded channel in SW corner near pumping station
Citrine Wagtail 2
Osprey 1
Eleonora's Falcon 3
White-winged Tern 15
Whiskered Tern 1
Gull-billed Tern 24
Eurasian Curlew 1
Spotted Redshank 2
Turnstone 3
Curlew Sandpiper 4
Ruff 40
Little Stint 15
Garganey 1
Mallard 1
Glossy Ibis 12
Squacco Heron 12
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Red-throated Pipit 9
Tawny Pipit 1
Short-toed Lark 10
Great Crested Grebe 2 in bay

Collared Pratincole 20

Tsiknias River
Little Bittern 2
Temminck's Stint 4
Mediterranean Gull 5
Hobby 1
Short-toed Eagle 4
Black-necked Grebe 

Christou River 
Citrine Wagtail 1
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Skala Kallonis Pool
Spotted Crake 1 calling outside Kalloni Bay hotel entrance
Little Crake
Squacco Heron

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Roller 1

Potamia Valley
Eleonora's Falcon 1

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1
Golden Oriole 2

Vigla (nr Ipsilou)
Isabelline Wheatear
Cinereous Bunting

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1
Eleonora's Falcon 2
Usual Cinereous Bunting, Rock Sparrow, etc.

Sigri & Faneromeni 
Citrine Wagtail 4
Red-backed Shrike 1
Icterine Warbler 1 
Collared Flycatcher 1 
Golden Oriole 8
Eleonora's Falcon 1
Purple Heron 1
Temminck's Stint 1
Sigri Old Sanatorium
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1
Red-backed Shrike 1

Meladia Valley
Olive-tree Warbler 1 at little chapel near Eresos tip
Red-breasted Flycatcher 3 females
Red-backed Shrike 4
Little Bittern 1
Night-heron 1

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

Golden Oriole 5
Red-backed Shrike 4
Masked Shrike 
Eastern Orphean Warbler
Sombre Tit
plus much more common stuff
NOTE - the Platania track is very rough in places and should only be attempted with extreme caution. I would advise parking after 1km from the road then walk in

Aghias Ioannis
Honey-buzzard 1
Lesser Grey Shrike 1

Scops Owl 2
Long-eared Owl 1

Dipi Larisos 
Pygmy Cormorant 2 still, ranging widely from river mouth, upstream (inc. getting in reeds up from the bridge) and in the reedbed by the Mytilini road
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Eleonora's Falcon 1
Audouin's Gull 1