23 April - WTR, Baillon's Crakes and Spur-winged Plovers

Scops Owl, Papiana, 23 April 2013 
(Otus scopsΓκιώνης 
Taken with iPhone with my new homemade adaptor.
© Steve Dudley

The White-throated Robin and Griffon Vulture remain out west. Three Baillon's Crakes were found today, along with two Spur-winged Plovers and a Black Kite. A count of 140 Spotted Redshank is amazing!

Petrified Forest
Male again at the Petrified Forest Park showed on and off throughout the day.

The park is open but I would suggest you view from the road. This will avoid disturbing the bird by going in to the park.

I received a number of complaints today about birders and photographers pushing the bird around in the park. Nothing I can do only ask everyone to please view from outside the park and do not harass the bird. Thanks.

Park at the end of road by centre as normal. Walk back up the road and at c.200m look right in to park and for square concrete building with some tall, thin cyprus firs by it. The robin was feeding on the ground below these firs and bushes either side and further to the right around the bushes by the covered seating (bandstand).

Olive-tree Warbler 1
Eleanora's Falcon 1

GRIFFON VULTURE 1 (also seen Petrified Forest & Faneromeni)
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 3
Collared Flycatcher 2

Christou River
Lesser Grey Shrike
Zitting Cisticola

Faneromeni & Sigri
Citrine Wagtail male lower ford
Black Kite 1
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1
Red-footed Falcon 2
Collared Pratincole 1
Lesser Grey Shrike
Black Redstart
Collared Flycatcher 5
Grey Plover 1

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Baillon's Crake 2 in ditch c. 200m north of pump house corner
Pallid Harrier 2CY x2
Montagu's Harrier female
Hen Harrier female
Spoonbill 3
Citrine Wagtail 1 (east track)
Gull-billed Tern 8 (east track)
Slender-billed Gull 3
Whiskered Tern 42
White-winged Black Tern 9
Zitting Cisticola 9
Red-footed Falcon 3
Spotted Redshank 140
Black-tailed Godwit
Temminck's Stint 2
Northern Lapwing 1
Mallard 1
Shoveler 2
Black-headed Gull 1
Greater Flamingo 160
Tawny Pipit 6

Metochi Lake
Baillon's Crake 1 at north end
Little Crake 4
Night-heron 12
Purple Heron 2
Squacco Heron 1
Eleanora's Falcon 1

Kalami Marsh
Purple Heron 3
Great White Egret 2
Mallard 2 males

Polichnitos Saltpans
Spur-winged Plover 2
Roller 1
Black Tern 1
White-wing Black Tern 1

Lardia Valley
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 3+ at eastern lay-bys 

Ruppell's Warbler showing very well

Scops Owl 1
Long-eared Owl 1 adult on nest (same site as 2012)

Soumouria 'Scops Copse'
Scops Owl - several. Please do not harass the birds!