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Old Saturday 28th September 2019, 15:54   #151
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Some corrections of sightings that I have queried from Observado
Kalloni Salt Pans
13/09/19
Broad-billed Sandpiper - Calidris falcinellus 4 - confirmed as dunlin
12/09/19
Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes 2 - confirmed as common redshank
Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla 4 - confirmed as little stint

17/09/19
Mitilini

Sighting of 6 black redstart changed to common redstart

28 September 2019
You may have been wondering, re Thomas Cook collapse/ Lesvos return flights.
As many will be aware, today's flights would have been the last of the season for Thomas Cook's UK vacationers.
A friend returning to Manchester tells me that , their return flight via Titan Air,worked out perfectly.
However, 85 passengers returning to Birmingham were not quite so lucky.
Their plane didn't show up and they were all taken to a hotel in Skala Kalloni to spend the night.
Hopefully they won't be inconvenienced too much.
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Old Sunday 29th September 2019, 15:01   #152
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29th September 2019 - Dotterel

29th September 2019 - Dotterel
The last UK package holiday visitors on Lesvos were repatriated yesterday
so I don't live in hopes on many reports now, for the rest of 2019.
However a single, very brief report appeared today on
Lesvos Bird News :

Kalloni Salt Pans - Sheep Field/Alykes Wetland
Dotterel
+
Tawny pipit 7

Some of the more common birds from today
Mitilini Airport area :
Eurasian Jay - Garrulus glandarius
Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix
Great Tit - Parus major
Eurasian Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus
Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus
Eurasian Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla
Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala
Common Blackbird - Turdus merula
Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata

As reported on Observado
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Old Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 16:11   #153
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01 October 2019 Raptor Movements Recorded

1st October 2019
A big raptor movement was observed and reported on Lesvos Bird News:
AM
Kalloni Bay/Salt Pans: Predatory birds moved south to the west
PM

there was a passage of the following:
Red-footed Falcons (Falco Vespertinus) 163
Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus) 19,
Booted Eagles (Aquila pennata) 3
Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) 5
Black Kites (Milvus migrans) 3
Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus) 4
Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) 19
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) 1
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2nd October 2019 - Fall of Red Foots / Water Rail

2nd October 2019
A single UK birder reports today, on Lesvos Birders:
Full sun,no clouds and no wind.
Tsiknias river
Common buzzards 2
Black storks 5
Ford
grey heron
greenshank
green sandpiper
water rail

Lotzaria
Common Buzzard 2
Long legged Buzzard
Red footed falcons 19 on wires

Kalloni Salt Pans pans
Red footed falcon 6
Greenshank 2
Green sandpiper
Little stint 3
Little ringed plovers 4
Dunlin
Greater flamingo
Great egret
Grey heron
Eurasian curlew
Dalmatian Pelican 34

Kalloni - a red berry tree
Lesser whithroat 5
Common whitethroat
Common redstart 2
Blackcap 4
Spotted fly catcher 2
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Old Friday 4th October 2019, 17:31   #155
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4th October 2019
Kalloni Salt Pans
Dalmatian Pelican

The only sighting of note recorded in the past few days, is for today:
Dalmatian Pelican 22
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9th October 2019 - raptor movement

9th October 2019
Vafios - raptor movement
As reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group
2 visiting birders report that :
9/10 between 11:00 and 18:30 the following predatory birds moving south:

The birds arrived from Turkey.


1 Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) immature

1 Booted Eagles (Aquila pennata)

1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

2 Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus)

5 Long-legged Buzzards (Buteo rufinus)

17 Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus)

1 Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)

1 Merlin (F. columbarius) female

2 Hobbies (F. subbuteo)

7 Kestrel (F. tinnunculus)

27 Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus)

18 Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus)

10 Goshawks (Ac. gentilis)Birds crossing from Turkey at four lines, east and west of Vafeios and just above the village.

Eleni Galinou also reported and photographed the movement of 1000s of Spanish Sparrows arriving from Turkey at Sikiminia.

A further report by the same group and at the same viewpoint.
06/10/19 , Vafios

1 Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
3 Lesser Spotted Eagles (Aquila pomarina)
1 Booted Eagles (Aquila pennata)
3 Sort- toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus)
3 Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus)
4 Long-legged Buzzards (Buteo rufinus)
1 Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
154 Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus) - in groups of 42 and 33!
1 Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)
3 Hobbies (F. subbuteo)
1 Kestrel (F. tinnunculus)
2 large Falco sp.
16 Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus)
1 Pallid Harrier (immature male)
2 Black Kites (Milvus migrans)
24 Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus)
13 Goshawks (Ac. gentilis)
17 Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelacanus crispus)
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10th October 2019 - Big raptor migration

Been birding in the Algarve for a while, so my apologies for the delay
in reporting this, First seen on Lesvos Bird News Facebook group:
10 October 2019
Vafieos Village, near Molivos
Records compiled by 2 visiting birders (via Thekla Koukourouvli!), on their last day on Lesvos 10/10/19 between 10:55 and 18:20 and from the village of VAFEIOS (near Molivos) reported the following:
2 Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), together!

3 Lesser Spotted Eagles (Clanga pomarina)

1 very large eagle, possibly White-tailed (Haliaetus albicilla)

1 Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)

1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

1 Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

2 Black Kite (M. migrans)

1 Common Buzzard ( Buteo buteo)

3 Long-legged Buzzard (B. rufinus)

9 buzzards (Buteo spp.)

6 Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus)

1 Pallid Harrier (C. macrourus)- ringtail

1 poss. Hen Harrier (C. cyaneus)

10 Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus)

3 Eleonora's Falcons (F. eleonorae)

2 Peregrine Falcons (F. peragrinus)

2 Hobbies (F. subbuteo)

5 Kestrels (F. tinnunculus)

1 large falcon (Falco sp.)

24 Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus)

6 Goshawks (Ac. gentilis)
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17th October 2019 Dalmatian/White Pelican

17 October 2019
Kalloni Salt Pans

Eleni Galinou reported:
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) 30
White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) 1

18 October 2019
Kalloni Salt Pans
Giorgis Laskaridis reported 2 Eurasian Curlew
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General information about Lesvos Birding;
Submission of Lesvos Rare Bird Records
You should use the Rare Bird form on the Hellenic Orthological Society web site, here !
The Administration of the Lesvos Birders Facebook Group have collectively decided to,
and I quote, "step back" from compiling records and collating reports.

Demise of Thomas Cook
As most will know , TC's were the sole UK carrier offering direct flights to Lesvos ,
usually from the first or second Saturday in May. This is devastating for the tourist industry
on the island as well as for the many regular birders who choose not to fly via Athens.
Rumer has it that Jet2 have been booked as the preferred carrier for Nielson's adventure
/activity holidays at the Aeolian Village Resort, Eressos, though I have yet to see firm
confirmation of this for 2020.
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Old Tuesday 29th October 2019, 20:51   #160
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29 October 2019

No bird news , however I am pleased to say that Jet2.com have picked up Thomas Cooks
flights , which can be found on their Website today, commencing 2 May 2020.
Several Lesvos Hoteliers have also announced a partnership with them for package holidays.
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13 October 2019 Rose-ringed parakeet, Agia Paraskevi,

13 October 2019
Agia Paraskevi,
Rose-ringed parakeet,

On Lesvos Bird News, Eleni Galinou reported a single bird feeding on pomegranates , mostly likely an escape, though they can be seen in Athens
parks and gardens.

Bird News has dried up for the moment.
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14/11/19 Moustached warbler, Ntipi

14/11/19
Moustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon)
Ntipi Reedbed, Dippy-Lársos Reedbed, Gera Bay.
Stylianos Zannetos photographed the return of Moustached warbler near
the Gulf of Gera. This localised species returns in Autumn to Winter in the reedbeds.
As first reported on Lesvos Bird News.
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17/11/19 - Greater white fronted geese - Kalloini Salt Pans

17 November 2019
Kalloni Salt Pans

Local enthusiast Stylianos Zannetos reports on Lesvos Bird News Facebook group.
an exceptional day for bird watching at alykes.
62 species in all were observed, see here for full list.
Most notable sightings were:

Lesser white fronted goose 2
White pelican 7
Dalmatian pelican 34

Other species of interest (for Lesvos):
Merlin
Northern lapwing
Caspian gull
Slender billed gull
Penduline tit
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Common starling
Woodpigeon
Black redstart

Good numbers of common wintering ducks were also present
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23 November 2019 - Black throated diver - Gulf of Kalloni

23 November 2019
Stylianos Zannetos reports on his visit to Kalloni Salt Pans and surrounds , on Lesvos Bird News , Facebook Group, as follows:

Gulf of Kalloni
Black throated diver 6
Red - breasted Merganser 5
Black necked grebe 4

Kalloni Salt Pans
Great White pelican 6
Dalmatian pelican 25
Northern lapwing 15

53 species in all including wintering skylark and meadow pipits

Mesa Wetland
Spoonbill 15
10 species in total recorded here


Thanks to Stylianos for his report and image.
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As reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook group.
30 November 2019
Akrotiri , South of Mitilini
First redwing (Turdus iliacus) of winter seen.
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