8 May - another Common Rock-thrush

Cirl Bunting, Platania, 8 May 2013 
(Emberiza cirlusΣιρλοτσίχλονο 
© Steve Dudley

Last seen in Sigri at the harbourside taverna on 8 May. If you find them please contact David Boyd at the Kalloni Bay Hotel.

The White-throated Robins were looked for in the morning but not seen. Another Lesser Spotted Eagle today and a few Red-breasted Flycatchers out west. 

A change in the weather today, with overcast skies turning to thick, low cloud by the end of the day and lower temperatures - 20C by 6pm in Kalloni. Lower temps forecast for tomorrow, but doubtful we will see rain. Rain forecasted for next week which will be good for Rosy Starlings but relatively little else.

Petrified Forest
No in the morning (don't know if they were looked for at other times). Please view only from the road - entering the park will not increase your chance of seeing them, just disturbing them.

We now have confirmation that we have two males and a female robin in the park. The males are holding territory close to one another and a female has been seen with the male near the concrete building. We are now treating this as a breeding attempt. Please therefore view only from the road and not from within the park to avoid disturbing them.

I've been told that the police are aware of misbehaviour here, including the use of recordings (illegal here) and are now going to be making patrols of the area, especially when the park is closed, to ensure that no one is using recordings or harassing the birds now they are presumed to be breeding. Please be sure to pass this message around.

It also means they are expected to hang around! Which is good news to those arriving today and next week.

Meladia Valley
COMMON ROCK-THRUSH male (nr ford)
Roller 1
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1
Rufous Bush-robin 3
Bee-eater 30
Whinchat 20
Little Bittern 1

Sigri & Faneromeni
GREAT SNIPE 1 (flushed by cat and not relocated)
Olive-tree Warbler 1
Marsh Warbler 2
Red-breasted Fltcatcher 1
Levant Sparrowhawk 1
Eleanora's Falcon 1
Red-footed Falcon 2
Lesser Kestrel 2
Golden Oriole 5
Rufous Bush-robin 2
Squacco Heron 1

Lesser Spotted Eagle 1
Eleanora's Falcon  1
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1

Sigri Old Sanatorium
Honey-buzzard 2
Red-breasted Flycatcher 2 fems
Wood Warbler 1
Collared Flycatcher 1

Skala Eresou
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1

Kallon Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Slender-billed Gull 1
Little Gull 1
White-winged Tern 80
Whiskered Tern 20
Gull-billed Tern 2
Glossy Ibis 1
Turnstone 10
Grey Plover 4
Temminck's Stint 1
Peregrine 1
Marsh Harrier 1

Eleanora's Falcon 1
didn't get to main Olive-tree Warbler area, but none along track where they're expected.

Petrified Forest
Honey-buzzard 1
Rock Sparrow
Lesser Kestrel 4
Common Redstart 1

Napi Valley
Osprey 1

Kalami Marsh
Collared Pratincole 2
Glossy Ibis 1

Tsiknias River
Mediterranean Gull 2
Little Bittern 1
Purple Heron 1
Bee-eater 4
Mallard 1

Metochi Lake
Little Bittern 10

Levant Sparrowhawk fem
Honey-buzzard male
Eleanora's Falcon 1

Perama Reservoir
Gull-billed Tern 3
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Limnos Monastery
Middle Spotted Woodpecker 1 - nesting near the taverna. Park by the taverna and look back up the access road and on the right there is a double telegraph post. The nest is low down in the left hand post (the one with all the wires) facing the taverna. Adults feedings young 7/5.

Kruper's Nuthatch - female incubating and male visiting infrequently, expect to wait!

Ruppell's Warbler showing very well

Scops Owl 
Long-eared Owl - the young have left the nest, no sign of them or adults

Soumouria 'Scops Copse'
Scops Owl 5l. Please do not harass the birds!