Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Lesvos - Day 3

Great start to the day with our pre breakfast trip towards the Sheep Fields. A stunning female Pallid Harrier posed for us for 15 minutes on a fence post. After which it flew over our heads. Amazing!

This one digi-scoped
At the Sheep Fields we wanted to get good looks at Red-throated Pipits and sure enough we soon found 6 and enjoyed great views including one with a brick red throat. About 7 Black Storks were present and we scoped 4 Kentish Plovers.
Red-throated Pipit by Gina
After breakfast we set off towards the west where a roadside stop for a Red-backed Shrike also produced a super Great Spotted Cuckoo, several Sombre Tits, and Western Rock Nuthatch.
Moving on we made a stop for a pair of Cinereous Buntings, also seeing Woodchat Shrikes, Cretzschmar's Buntings and Short-toed Eagle.
A coffee stop at Tavari was made better with our beachside vista producing over 1,000 Yelkouan Shearwaters and about 10 Scopoli's Shearwaters in just 30 minutes.
Our lunch stop at Maladia was made better with two Eleanora's Falcons and a skulky Marsh Warbler, while a little further on we started to see groups of up to 10 Black-headed Buntings, and a flock of 11 Lesser Kestrels. At Sigri we finished the day with a flourish that included 2 Rollers, 10 Bee-eaters, and a Lesser Grey Shrike. 

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