1 May 2012

Black-headed Bunting, Meladia Valley (c) Steve Dudley
They're in!

A frustrating day with temperatures reaching 30C for the first time making birding even harder. It seems more birds have left than have arrived, bit a handful of Barred Warblers today may indicate some birds are dropping in.

Weather - Blue skies, light to moderate N breeze, 30C

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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.

Levant Sparrowhawk 3

Kalloni Saltpans 
BAILLON'S CRAKE - still present along reeded channel in SW corner near pumping station
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Collared Pratincole 2
Spotted Redshank 1
Ruff 70
Garganey 3
Whiskered Tern 2
White-winged Tern 8
Glossy Ibis 9
Greenshank 2
Curlew 1
Grey Plover 1

Montagu's Harrier 1 ad fem

Tsiknias River
Red-footed Falcon 8
Collared Pratincole 2

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

Nr Agra
Hobby 1

Sigri & Faneromeni 
Barred Warbler 1
Eleonora's Falcon 3
Meladia Valley
Roller 2
Icterine Warbler 2
Citrine Wagtail 1
Ashy-headed Wagtail 1
Barred Warbler 3
Collared Flycatcher 2
Lesser Grey Shrike 1
Masked Shrike 1
Red-backed Shrike 6
Woodchat Shrike 4
Purple Heron 1

Eleonora's Falcon 2
Icterine Warbler 1

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

Olive-tree Warbler 3
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

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
White-winged Black Tern 1

Meladia Valley 
Roller 2

Filia mast 
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 6
Hawfinch 1

North Coast Track 
Barred Warbler 1

Eleonora's Falcon 1
Hobby 1