Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Another day or two in Lesvos

We have had a good couple of days finding several good birds. Amazingly we have found 5 Spur-winged Plovers and a Ferruginous Duck today. Both Pallid Harrier and Montagu's Harriers have showed well and a good selection of shorebirds.
This was the first three Spur-winged Plovers we found and below is another we found at Mesa

This photo was by Gina Nichol
The immature Pallid Harrier flew past us today and gave great views
I have a lot of photos still to download including Cinereous Buntings and fabulous Kruper's Nuthatch. We found  a few Lesser Grey Shrikes, a Great Snipe, a superb male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, another Pallid Swift, and lots of other great sightings.
One of my highlights today was saving a Lesser Mole Rat which was blindly trying to get across a busy road.
Some say Mole on the left and Rat on the right !!!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Lesvos first couple of days

Our group has arrived in Lesvos and we have had a good day and halfs birding! Some of the highlights were seeing Baillon's, and several Little Crakes showing really well, Penduline Tit, and some Little Bitterns. We then found a Lesser Grey Shrike shortly followed by a Great Snipe and had some very nice looking White-winged Terns. On the Salt Pand Marsh Sandpipers and Spotted Redshanks showed well, we had Collared Pratincole surrounded by Red-throated Pipits.
Marsh Sandpiper
Spotted Redshanks
Little Ringed Plover
Away from the Salt Pans we have enjoyed super views of Sardinian Warbler
And we got great looks at Alpine Swifts with another Pallid Swift but no photos of the Pallid this time.
Alpine Swifts

Also got to see a nice adult Balkan Green Lizard today


Friday, 22 April 2016

Lesvos Magic

Back on the fabulous island of Lesvos for our annual Sunrise Birding spring tour and just scouting a few places to see what's around before our group arrive on Saturday.
Some nice Red-footed Falcons were seen early morning yesterday.
On the Tsiknias River we watched three crake species all in the exact same spot.
Male Baillon's Crake
Male Little Crake
Spotted Crake
On the salt pans we have seen plenty of shorebirds including Marsh Sandpipers, Spotted Redshanks. 2,000 Ruff, Temminck's Stint, lots of Wood Sandpipers, and Terns including White-winged and Gull-billed, a Slender-billed Gull, good numbers of Black Storks, Glossy Ibis and Flamingos. Avocets and Black-winged Stilts were everywhere.

 Around the edge of the Salt Pans the Bee-eaters showed well, while the Metochi Lake gave us fabulous views of a Pallid Swift amongst a group of Common Swifts.

At the regular spot for Scops Owl we managed to find 3 during the middle of the day.
Apart from the birds we also saw plenty of other wildlife including dragonflies such as this

Blue Emperor
We also saw plenty of butterflies including this
Orbed Red-underwing Skipper

And damselflies such as this Robust Spreadwing

More tomorrow