30 April 2012

Barred Warbler, Makara (c) Dave Nurney

Clearly more birds coming in out west, including plenty of Red-backed Shrikes and Black-headed Buntings plus a couple of Barred Warblers and Rollers. A Ferruginous Duck and Lesser Spotted Eagle were pipped to top bill by three Dalmatian Pelicans. 

Weather - Blue skies, light W breeze, 28C

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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.

DALMATIAN PELICAN - three over at 1430

Kalloni Saltpans 
BAILLON'S CRAKE - still present along reeded channel in SW corner near pumping station
Collared Pratincole 23
Spotted Redshank 2
Sanderling 1
Marsh Sandpiper 2
Ruff 140
Garganey 2
Whiskered Tern 11
White-winged Tern 7
Glossy Ibis 12

Montagu's Harrier 2

Skala Kallonis Pool 
Ferruginous Duck male - also seen at mouth of Tsiknias River
Penduline Tit 3 (m, 2f)
Slender-billed Gull 1 west
Purple Heron 3 over
Little Crake 1
Little Bittern 1

Tsiknias River
Ferruginous Duck male at river mouth - same as Skala Kallonis Pool
Sanderling 1
Oystercatcher 1
Green Sandpiper 1
Temminck's Stint 5
Red-footed Falcon 2
Squacco Heron 4
Little Bittern 4
Night-heron 1
Great Reed Warbler 3
Black-headed Bunting 8

Kalami Marsh 
Savi's Warbler 1

Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Lesser Spotted Eagle 1
Roller 1

Potamia Valley
Eleonora's Falcon 1

Soumouria Scops Copse
Scops Owl 1 - the bird is in the second eucalyptus on the right of the Kalloni end entrance

Scops Owl 2
Long-eared Owl 1

Barred Warbler  1 male

Nr Agra
Eleonora's Falcon 3

Sigri & Faneromeni 
Roller 1
Citrine Wagtail 1
Yellow Wagtails 'thousands'
Red-throated Pipit 9
Lesser Kestrel 30+
Bee-eater 40+
Sigri Old Sanatorium
Barred Warbler 1
Red-backed Shrike 8
Collared Flycatcher 1

Meladia Valley
Red-backed Shrike 20
Golden Oriole 5

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

No sign of Olive-tree Warblers today
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

Polichnitos Saltpans
Rufous Bush-robin 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
Lesser Grey Shrike 1

Christou River 
Temminck's Stint 2
Purple Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 1
Black Stork 6
Zitting Cisticola
Whiskered Tern 4
Black-headed Bunting 5

Thrush Nightingale 1

Barred Warbler 1

Meladia Valley 
Roller 2

Scops Owl 2

Alikoudi Pool 
Mediterranean Gull 2

Filia mast 
Eleonora's Falcon 2
Red-footed Falcon 2
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 8
Hawfinch 1
Long-tailed Tit 4

Pandeleimonas Pools (E of Eresos)
Sanderling 1
Purple Heron 2