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  1. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Re The Loutra , Laughing Doves - a new breeding species for Lesvos Pleased to see that my birding pal, Mark Cassidy gets a mention for his 2014 find of this species. Here's a google translation of an article as it app "A new important news about the wealth of the bird fauna of Lesvos was located...
  2. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group update Loutra 13/10/21 A second pair of laughing doves were found to be on their nest in the village. This has caused quite a stir, with a Greek TV crewe turning up to film them on the nest. The original fledglings disappeared at the weekend , it is not known...
  3. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Not many reports coming through right now, however the following have been recorded: 08/10/21 Perasma Reservoir Eleonora's falcon x 4 09/10/21 Kalloni Salt Pans White pelican , juvenile
  4. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group update Loutra The pair of laughing doves were found to be on the nest 30/09/21 Spotted eagle x 2 , discovered by Eleni Galinou and Valerie Triboulot Images by kind permission of Valerie Regards the laughing doves, it is unknown whether the pair are escapes from a...
  5. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Visiting birding guide reports, on Lesvos Birders Facebook Group: 1st Oct 2021 Tsiknias river ford in morning. 1 Water Rail 1 Common Snipe 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawks 1 Green Sandpiper 1 Red-throated Pipit - overhead NE Corner of Kalloni Salt Pans track 9 Dalmatian Pelicans 15 Spoonbills 3 Sandwich...
  6. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Last couple of days reports by visiting birding guide. 28 Sept 2021 Polichnitos Salt Pans : 1 Black-tailed Godwit 27 Sandwich Terns 7 Mediterranean Gulls 3 Dunlin 8 Little Stints 5 Black Storks Mesa Sedge Warbler and Kingfisher 29th Sept 2021 Metochi Garganey Night heron Mt Olympus Robins Wren...
  7. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    28 September 2021 Our visiting bird guides report on Lesvos Birders Facebook Group track 1 female Red-footed Falcon - on wires 1 adult Lesser Grey Shrike 8 Tree Pipits - on wires 1 Meadow Pipit - perched with the Tree Pipits 40+ Willow Warblers - 20 on one fence together 30+ Yellow Wagtails 2...
  8. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    28 September 2021 Mesotopos A golden eagle was found here and photographed by respected birding guides. Achladeri Krupers nuthatch family reported as active along with several parties of Eastern long tailed tits.
  9. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    26 September 2021 Loutra Village Laughing Dove According to the Lesvos Bird News Facebook group , a “hunter” posted an image of a laughing dove on the roof of a house. The fate of the dove is unknown.
  10. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    25 September 2021 Tsiknias Ford A blue throat was found here this morning, by a local birder/academic. This is a scarce Also at Tsiknias Ford 1 Savi's Warbler 1 Reed Warblers 1 Cetti's Warbler 2 Water Rails 4 Black Storks 1 Greenshank 1 Green Sandpiper 1 Little Ringed Plover 1 Kingfisher 1...
  11. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    23 September 2021 Sigri Sanatorium Roller Sigri -Meladia- Eresos track A big fall of spotted flycatchers
  12. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Lesvos watchers may be interested to know that there was a conversation in the Facebook groups about a plan to create a road linking Petra and Agia Peraskevi ,through to the main Mitilini Road at the Salt Pans. In addition, a dam , creating a reservoir at the upper Tsiknias River. Unfortunately...
  13. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    22 September 2021 Report from a visiting bird tour guide : Parasma Reservoir. - water level very low 10 Little Grebes 1 Teal 1 Garganey 1 Common Snipe 1 Greenshank 62 White Wagtails !!! 8 Yellow Wagtails 2 Great Cormorants 6 Hoopoe Sikamineas North coast raptor Watch 15 Honey Buzzards 2 Hobby...
  14. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    21 September 2021 Further report on Lesvos Birders by a respected tour guide Achlederi 2 Kruper’s Nuthatch Cristou River 2 Curlew 3 Grey Plover 1 Ringed Plover 5 Stone Curlew 5 Greenshank 14 Redshank 2 Dunlin 2 Ruff 5 Little Stint 23 Kentish Plover 12 Little Ringed Plover 1 Tawny Pipit 1...
  15. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Good passage today Raptor watch 21 September 2021 Sikiminia am - Lunch time estimates : Honey buzzard 60 Common buzzard 15 Marsh harrier 15 Sparrowhawk 12 Eleonora's falcon 2 Short toed eagle 4 Hobby 7 Black kite 1 Red footed falcon 2 Common kestrel 1 Perivolis monastery Serin 12 Redstart 4...
  16. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Raptor watch 20 September 2021 Sikiminia am Honey Buzzards 5 Sparrowhawk Common Buzzards 3 Anaxos. Honey buzzard 2 Common buzzard Petra Common Buzzard 3 Sparrowhawk Short toed eagle Christou River Stone curlew 7
  17. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    20 September 2021 A few notable sightings : Mesa Osprey Kalloni Salt Pans Spoonbill 14 Dalmatian pelican 2 Bar tailed godwit Gull billed tern cy1 Broad billed sandpiper Slender billed gull Little gull 1cy Curlew 5
  18. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    19 September 2021 - early morning rain storm over Turkey ALL am sightings Raptor watchpoint near Lepetimnos village (am) Honey buzzard 4 Common buzzard 4 Elonora' s Falcon Peregrine falcon Marsh harrier Eurasian sparrowhawk 2 Raven 30 birds Also worth noting a few small groups of bee-eaters high...
  19. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    18 September 2021 Reports from Lesvos Birders Sikiminia Watch Point Black kite Common buzzard Honey buzzard Sparrowhawk 4 Goshawk Metochi Lake Northern lapwing - a scarce bird, small flocks, during winter months only Wood sandpiper Green sandpiper North West - seasonal pond -undisclosed Hawfich
  20. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Lotzaria 17/09/21 Juvenile goshawk copyright Pia Schrader
  21. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    UK Birder , new arrival first day. 15 September 2021 Charamida and Loutra. Chuckar and Hoopoe Mesa Osprey Green sandpiper Greenshank Achladeri Krüpers nuthatch - family Serin Middle spotted woodpecker Cirl bunting Greenfinch Short toed treecreeper. Lotzaria Red backed shrikes Whinchats...
  22. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Our Regular UK Birder last full day on the island : 15th September 2021 Metochi and Potamia Valley Shrikes Stonechat Red-rumped Swallows with Barn Swallows Spotted Flycatchers Whinchats Metochi Lake -apparently pretty empty Grey Herons Little Egrets Greenshank Green Sandpiper Spotted Redshank...
  23. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    Tsiknias Lower Ford 12/09/21 Little crake image with thanks , by permission of Pia Lisa Dahl Schrader
  24. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    12 September 2021 Our Regular UK Birder reports : 14th September 2021 Skala Kalloni Black Kite Sikiminia Watch Point - over 2 hours Honey Buzzard 10 Common Buzzard 4 Black Kites 2 Short-toed Eagle 3 Lesser Spotted Eagle juvenile Montagu's Harrier Marsh Harriers 12 Sparrowhawk 4 Goshawk 3 Hobby...
  25. Mick Sway

    Lesvos Bird News 2021

    From mid September to Mid October there is normally a reasonable movement of raptors across the Aegean Straight from Turkey to Lesvos. This movement is goes largely under reported as most birders are based mid island at Skala Kalloni and seldom venture along the North Coast of Lesvos. In...
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