Levels Birder on Lesbos

A birding trip to the Greek Island of Lesbos

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A list (with some photos) of the notable birds seen on this birding-trip, May 6th-13th 2010.

 

Scopoliís Shearwater (race of Cory's Shearwater): 4 off the beach at Mytilini Airport on the 13th.

 

Little Bittern: adult males, at Metochi Lake on the 7th, Faneromeni Ford on the 10th, and Kalloni East River Mouth on the 11th; 2 females, Metochi Lake, the same day; a 2nd calendar year male, Kalloni East River Ford, on the 13th.

 

Little Bittern - adult male at Faneromini Ford

 

Night Heron: adult at Kalloni East River on the 11th.

 

Squacco Heron: the most common heron; one to three seen at most wetland sites.

 

Squacco Herons - Kalloni Salt Pans pool

Squacco Heron - Kalloni Salt Pans pool

 

Little Egret: the most common egret, up to 12 at Kalloni Salt Pans and up to 10 at Mesa on each visit.

 

Great White Egret: 9 at Mesa wetland area on the 9th.

 

Great White Egret

 

Purple Heron: adult, Potamia River Mouth on the 9th; adult, flying over Kalloni Salt Pans on the 13th.

 

Black Stork: 1 or 2 around Kalloni Salt Pans on most visits; 3, Kalloni East River Mouth on the 11th; singles, Mesa on the 9th, Vouvaris River Bridge and Mesa on the 12th.

 

Black Stork - over Kalloni Salt Pans  

Black Stork - Kalloni Salt Pans channel (video-grab, April 2003)

 

White Stork: 1 or 2 around Kalloni Salt Pans and Kalloni East River on most visits; 4 at the Salt Pans on the 11th; single in the Napi Valley on the 7th.

 

White Stork - Kalloni Salt Pans pool

 

Glossy Ibis: 20 at Kalloni Salt Pans Pool on the 6th, gradually reducing in number as the pool dried-out until only 5 present on the 13th.

 

Glossy Ibis - Salt Pans pool

Glossy Ibis - Salt Pans pool

 

Greater Flamingo: up to 200 seen on each visit to Kalloni Salt Pans.

 

Ruddy Shelduck: regularly seen at Kalloni Salt Pan Pool, where max. count of 25 on the 11th; 5 at Mesa on several different days, and one flew north up the Napi Valley on the 7th.

 

Short-toed Eagle: 1 or 2 seen in visits to most upland areas; most was 3 in the air together with a dark-phase Booted Eagle at Platania on the 8th.

 

Short-toed Eagle - Megalochori

(unusual in not showing a dark-bib)

 

Long-legged Buzzard: singles, from the coach near Mytiline on the 6th; north of Metochi Lake, and Napi Valley on the 7th; Platania on the 8th; Filia and Faneromeni on the 10th; Metochi Lake on the 11th, and 2 at Achladeri on the 7th.

 

Long-legged Buzzard

 

Booted Eagle: a dark-phase, soaring with 3 Short-toed Eagles, at Platania on the 8th.

 

Lesser Kestrel: only 2 seen, both males, hunting over a rocky hillside near Apothika on the 10th.

 

Red-footed Falcon: adult female at Platania on the 8th; adult male near Apothika on the 10th.

 

Red-footed Falcon - distant adult female, Platania

Red-footed Falcon - distant adult male, Apothika

 

Eleanora's Falcon: all pale-phase unless otherwise: one, north of Mandamados on the 8th, and 2 at Kavaki the same day; 5 together (one dark-phase) hunting insects near Megalachori on the 9th; and one at Ipsilou Monastery on the 10th.

 

Eleanora's Falcon - pale-phase, Megalochori

 

Lanner Falcon: adult male, European race feldeggi, swooped at a soaring Long-legged Buzzard, over rocky hillside, north of Metochi Lake on the 7th.

 

Little Crake: female, Metochi Lake on the 6th, and a male here on the 11th; male, Kalloni East River Ford on the 13th.

Little Crake - male, Kalloni East River Ford

 

Black-winged Stilt: common, at Kalloni Salt Pans where 30+ on the 11th, and at Mesa wetland area.

 

Black-winged Stilt - Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Avocet: regular flock of c.100 seen at Kalloni Salt Pans on each visit.

 

Stone Curlew: one, Kalloni West River on the 8th; one calling, Kalloni Salt Pans on the 11th; heard calling on several nights from our hotel in Skala Kalloni.

 

Stone Curlew - Kalloni Salt Pans (video grab, May 2001)

 

Collard Pratincole: 5 at Kalloni Salt Pans pool from the 7th - 9th

 

Little Ringed Plover: up to 4 seen at most suitable locations.

 

Little Ringed Plover

 

Kentish Plover: up to 6, regularly at Kalloni Salt Pans/sheep field; 4, Kalloni West River Mouth on the 8th; 12, Alikoudi Pool on the 12th.

 

Kentish Plover - male, Kalloni Salt Pans

Kentish Plover - male, Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Sanderling: 2 at Faneromeni beach-pool on the 10th, was our only sighting.

 

Little Stint: regular in good numbers at Kalloni Salt Pans pool, e.g. 55 on the 6th; 30, Alikoudi Pool on the 12th; small numbers elsewhere in suitable locations.

 

Little Stint - Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Temminck's Stint: one on a small pool near Kalloni Salt Pans on the 11th.

 

Temminck's Stint - Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Broad-billed Sandpiper: 6 at Alikoudi Pool on the 12th.

 

Broad-billed Sandpiper - distantly at Alikoudi Pool

 

Ruff: 34 at Kalloni Salt Pans pool on the 6th; smaller numbers seen elsewhere in suitable habitat.

 

Ruff - Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Black-tailed Godwit: one at Kalloni Salt Pans pool on the 11th and 13th, was our only sighting.

 

Black-tailed Godwit - Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Marsh Sandpiper: one at Kalloni Salt Pans on the 6th.

 

Wood Sandpiper: good numbers at Kalloni Salt Pan Pool, e.g. 35 on the 9th; single figure numbers elsewhere in most suitable locations.

 

Wood Sandpiper - Kalloni East River

 

Little Gull: a second calendar year at Kalloni Salt Pans pool on the 6th.

 

Gull-billed Tern: 3 at Kalloni Salt Pans pool on the 6th.

 

Little Tern: up to 5 at Kalloni Salt Pans on most visits; 3 at Alikoudi Pool on the 12th.

 

Little Tern - Alikoudi Pool

 

Whiskered Tern: 10 at Kalloni Salt Pans on the 6th; then 6 here on the 11th, and 5 on the 12th.

 

Whiskered Tern - Kalloni Salt Pans

Whiskered Tern - Kalloni Salt Pans

(still in moult towards full summer plumage)

 

Turtle Dove: sadly, no migrant flock seen; most was a count of 5 in the Napi Valley on the 7th. Note: I saw a flock of 20 near Metochi Lake in May 2001.

 

Barn Owl: one flew past our hotel in Skala Kalloni on the late evening of the 12th.

 

Scops Owl: one at its usual daytime roost, in eucalyptus trees next to the five-a-side football pitch just north of Kalloni, on the 8th.

 

Scops Owl - at its daytime roost near Kalloni

 

Little Owl: one at its daytime roost, in a large tree at Ipsilou Monastery on the 10th.

 

Little Owl - Ipsilou Monastery

 

Alpine Swift: one over Metochi Lake on the 7th was our only sighting.

 

Bee-Eater: small numbers most days at various locations; largest counts: total of 19, Kalloni Saltpans on the 7th; flock of 18, flying over Sigri road-junction on the 10th; two separate flocks of 35 and 40, flying over Ipsilou Monastery, and total of 34 (largest flock 12) at Faneromeni, all on the same day.

 

Bee-Eater - pair Kalloni East River

Bee-Eater - Kalloni East River

Bee-Eater - near Kalloni Salt Pans

Bee-Eater - near Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Hoopoe: 3, Napi Valley on the7th; one, Kalloni Saltpans, the same day; and 2, Platania on the 8th.

 

[Great Spotted Woodpecker: one, distinctively calling - a loud, hard sounding, repeated 'kik-kik' or 'chip-chip' note - and then seen in undulating flight, when large white oval scapular patches and lack of obvious red-crown noted, Napi Valley on the 7th]. Unfortunately, a detailed description not possible, although the call would seem to rule out Syrian Woodpecker. No accepted record for the Island (Dudley 2010) so placed in square brackets.

 

Middle Spotted Woodpecker: 2 in the Napi Valley on the 7th, and one at Platania on the 8th.

 

Short-toed Lark: between 6 and 9 on the large sheep field at Kalloni Salt Pans on most visits.

 

Short-toed Lark - Kalloni Salt Pans, sheep field

 

Crested Lark: commonly seen in small numbers (up to 20) in most suitable locations.

 

Crested Lark - Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Wood Lark: 3 in the Napi Valley on the 7th, and 5 at Platania on the 8th.

 

Crag Martin: 2 at Kavaki cliffs on the 8th, and one near Erosos on the 10th.

 

Red-rumped Swallow: small numbers, up to 4, seen at various locations.

 

Red-rumped Swallow - collecting mud near Metochi Lake

 

Yellow Wagtail: Black-headed Wagtail, feldegg, up to 4 on most days at various wetland locations; Rumanian Wagtail, dombrowski, at Kalloni West River on the 8th, and Blue-headed, flava, at Alcoudia on the 12th.

 

Eastern Rufous Bush Robin: a pair near Kalloni Salt Pans, seen on most visits.

 

Eastern Rufous Bush Robin - distantly at Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Nightingale: males, commonly heard singing, and sometimes seen, in many suitable locations.

 

Nightingale - singing male, Skala Kalloni

 

Isabelline Wheatear: seen, as usual, during a visit on the 10th to the western-end of the Island: at least 6 around the Sigri road junction; 2 at small goat-farm between here and Ipsilou Monastery, and 3 along the roadside between the Monastery and Sigri

 

Black-eared Wheatear: the most common wheatear, seen in a wide variety of suitable rocky habitat, e.g. 5 at Apothika on the 10th.

 

Black-eared Wheatear - male, black-throated form,

near the Vouvaris River Bridge

 

Blue Rock Thrush: 2 males at Kavaki on the 8th; female, near the Vouvaris River Bridge on the 9th; and a male at Ipsilou Monastery on the 10th.

 

Blue Rock Thrush - male with small lizard

Ipsilou Monastery (video-grab, May 2001)

 

Blue Rock Thrush - female with food

Ipsilou Monastery (video-grab, May 2001)

 

Great Reed Warbler: a few heard in suitable locations; only 2 seen, at Skala Kalloni Pool and at Metochi Lake.

 

Olivaceous Warbler: males commonly heard singing, and often seen, in various scrubby locations.

 

Olivaceous Warbler - Kalloni Salt Pans

Olivaceous Warbler - singing male, Kalloni Salt Pans

 

Olive Tree Warbler: 2 singing, Napi Valley on the 7th; at least 4 singing, of which 2 seen, at Platania on the 8th.

 

Icterine Warbler: one, near the Vouvaris River Bridge on the 9th.

 

Subalpine Warbler: heard in various locations; our only sightings were 2, Napi Valley on the 7th; 2, Platania, and 6, Kavaki, on the 8th; and one, Spides on the 9th.

 

Subalpine Warbler - male, Kavaki

 

Ruppell's Warbler: 2 males at the Kavaki cliff-top site, between Petra and Molivos, on the 8th.

 

Orphean Warbler: 4 at Platania on the 8th, and 5 at Kavaki, the same day;

 

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler: 2 at Ipsilou Monastery on the 10th.

 

Wood Warbler: 2 at Ipsolou Monastery on the 10th.

 

Spotted Flycatcher: a few seen in various locations, including this one taking a bath in a shallow stream at Achladeri on the 9th.

 

Spotted Flycatcher

 

Sombre Tit: 3 in the Napi Valley on the 7th, and 2 at Platania on the 8th.

 

Sombre Tit - Napi Valley

(looking just like its name implies)

 

Kruper's Nuthatch: a pair carrying food at the Achladeri nest-site on the 7th and 9th, and another adult seen nearby.

 

Kruper's Nuthatch - Achladeri

Kruper's Nuthatch - Achladeri

 

Western Rock Nuthatch: pair feeding 2 fledged juvs on rocky hillside just north of Metochi Lake on the 7th, and one, Napi Valley, the same day; 4, on rocky slopes above Apothika, one near the Sigri road-junction, and one between Sigri, all on the 10th.

 

Golden Oriole: a male at Faneromeni on the 10th.

 

Red-backed Shrike: females unless otherwise: one, Metochi Lake; 2 (one male), Napi Valley, and one, Kalloni Salt Pans, all on the 7th; male, Kalloni Raptor Watch Point on the 8th; 2, near the Sigri road-junction, 3 (one male), at small goat farm between here and Ipsilou Monastery, and male, Faneromini, all on the 10th; 4 (one male), Skala Vasillikon, and 3 (one male), Vouvaris River fields, all on the 12th.

 

Red-backed Shrike - female (almost silhouetted), Metochi Lake

 

Lesser Grey Shrike: one, Metochi Lake on the 7th; one, Vouvaris River fields on the 12th.

 

Woodchat Shrike: one, Metochi Lake on the 7th; one, Vouvaris River Bridge on the 9th; 2, Sigri road junction, and 2, Faneromini, all on the 10th.

 

Masked Shrike: 3 at Metochi Lake; one, Mesa; 3, Napi Valley, and 4 at Achladeri, all on the 7th;

7, Platania on the 8th; pair at Achladeri (the female food begging) on the 9th, and another female here on the 12th.

 

Masked Shrike - female, Achladeri

 

Hooded Crow: the commonly seen crow throughout the Island.

 

Hooded Crow - Kalloni East River

 

Spanish Sparrow: fairly common, breeding around hotels in Skala Kalloni. No big migrant flocks seen as on previous visits in 2001 and 2003, most was flock of 20+ at Kalloni Salt Pans on the 11th.

 

Spanish Sparrow - male, Kalloni Salt Pans

(displaying to a female, perched on fence behind him)

Spanish Sparrow - displaying male, Skala Kalloni

 

Rock Sparrow: a pair, feeding young in the old nest of a Western Rock Nuthatch, at Ipsilou Monastery on the 10th.

 

Rock Sparrow

 

Serin: a male at Spides on the 9th, and a pair at Vouvaris River Bridge on the12th, were, surprisingly, the only ones seen by us!

 

Cirl Bunting: 4 in the Napi Valley on the 7th, and 3 at Platania on the 8th.

 

Cirl Bunting - distant male, Platania

 

Cinereous Bunting: only seen during a visit to the west of the Island on the 10th: one, near the Sigri road junction, and 3 at Ipsilou Monastery.

 

Cretzschmar's Bunting: 3 (2 males), Napi Valley on the 7th; 2 males, Apothika on the 10th; 2 males, Ipsilou Monastery, and a male between Sigri and Ipsilou, the same day.

 

Cretzschmar's Bunting - male, Napi Valley

 

Black-Headed Bunting: commonly seen in small numbers in a wide variety of suitable habitat, especially in fields around Kalloni East River, and between here and the nearby Salt Pans.

 

Black-headed Bunting - singing male, Kalloni East River

Black-headed Bunting - male, Kalloni East River

 

Corn Bunting: commonly seen in small numbers in most suitable arable habitat.

 

Corn Bunting - singing male, Kalloni Salt Pans

Corn Bunting - singing male, Kalloni Salt Pans