Sunday, 26 April 2015

Lesvos - Day 1

Our first full day in Lesvos started with a nice female Pallid Harrier flying past. Then as we were returning for breakfast we heard that the Demoiselle Crane had been relocated. A quick dash to the West River and we were watching this superb bird feeding amongst some gulls in a grassy meadow.

Demoiselle Crane by Gina

Demoiselle Crane by me
Thi superb bird represents the first ever record for Lesvos and was found late in the evening of Friday by Killian Mullarney. Unbelievable selfishness by the guide of Heatherlea birding group had them all sneak out and see this bird on its discovery without telling the rest of the hotel restaurant full of birders. As I say selfish and unbelievable.
Anyway the rest of our day saw a pair of roosting Scops Owls, Orphean and Subalpine Warblers, a wonderful pair of Kruper's Nuthatch coming to their nest hole
Close Black Stork, 25 Collared Pratincoles and a superb flock of 75 Whiskered Terns. Lots more beside but this was a nice start to our tour.
We did have 2 hours birding yesterday after our group arrived and a Spur-winged Plover and nest of Penduline Tits was great.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Guys on seeing this first Lesvos record. Pretty awesome bird.