4 May - Spur-winged Plover and Red-breasted Flys

Cretzschmar's Bunting, Mesotopos, 4 May 2013 
(Emberiza caesia) Φρυγανοτσίχλονο 
© Steve Dudley
Lots of pairs around the west today, most of them actively collecting nest material like this bird

Change over day for the Brits, so far fewer people in the field today. A new Spur-winged Plover was found at Perasma Reservoir, but sign of either of yesterday's Great Snipe. Four Red-breasted Flycatchers out west.

Petrified Forest
No news today.

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.

Perasma Reservoir
Spur-winged Plover 1

Sigri & Faneromeni area
Spotted Crake 1 (lower ford)
River Warbler 1
Citrine Wagtail 3 (1 upper ford, 2 beach)
Red-breasted Flycatcher 1 (beach) + 1 Sigri beach

Meladia Valley
River Warbler 1 (river mouth)
Red-breasted Flycatcher 2 (fig grove)

Kalloni Saltpans & Alykes Wetlands
Rufous Bush-robin 2 in beach tamarisks (view from shoreline, please don't walk through bushes)
White-winged Tern 46
Whiskered Tern 22
Little Gull1 
Red-throated Pipit 6
Ruff 1285
Curlew Sandpiper 19
Turnstone 8
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Eurasian Curlew 1
Common Redshank 1
Little Stint 60
Black Stork 4

Christou (Kameras) River
Citrine Wagtail 2 (m&f)
Purple Heron 3
SandwichTern 1

Eleonora's Falcon 2

Tsiknias River
Eleanora's Falcon 1
White-winged Tern 7
Little Gull 1 (same as saltpans)
Golden Oriole 2
Bee-eater 1
Rufous Bush-robin 2 (river mouth)

Squacco Heron 8
Stone-curlew 1
Alpine Swift 6

Skala Eresou
Pallid Swift 2
Squacco Heron 6

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

Ruppell's Warbler showing very well

Scops Owl 
Long-eared Owl adult by nest with 3 young (same site as 2012)

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