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Old Thursday 21st March 2019, 19:50   #26
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Metochi Lake excavation

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Was there given reason for the pool excavation? Even from an aesthetic angle, it also looked better before, so strange they saw need to clear the reeds. But on the bright side, at least it still exists, I guess by next season it will be quite some better.
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The text of the original post, doesn't translate very well in English, though you may have hit the nail on the head, with your comment " it also looked better before". I think that the mayor may have had a pot of money for eco clean up jobs.Last year, the main river (Tsiknias R) that feeds into the Gulf of Gera/Kalloni Bay also suffered the same fate. One thing for certain, the few local wildlife groups and a few businesses reliant on eco tourism , are very unhappy and concerned that they weren't consulted.

I've seen the same thing happen local to me, on a smaller scale. One year I noticed a flowering of Marsh Orchids near a local stream, surrounded by parkland. The area used to be agricultural and I noticed these plants for the first time , but the park land mowing contractors came along and mowed the area , as if mowing a lawn. I notified the Parks Department , requesting that they leave some wider margins on the edges of the stream, but they never followed it up . The contractors just carry on as normal, no knowledge and no interest in contributing, their standard answer is "just doing my job mate".

Thanks for your interest.
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24 March 2019 - more migration

24/03/19 - some new arrivals
Kalloni Salt Pans

Black-winged Stilts Himantopus Himantopus
Charamida Marsh
Cretzschmar's buntings Emberiza caesia x 4

Source - Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group

There are a few UK Orchid enthusiasts out in Lesvos at the moment too.
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29 March 2019 - Skala Kalloni Area

29/03/19
Skala Kalloni Area
The first detailed report by a visiting birder.
Orchid expert and wildlife enthuisast, Paul Manning
Reports the following :
29th March - local to Kalloni

Sunny but freezing with a North Easterly gale blowing!

4 Slender-billed Gull on the beach by Skala Kalloni Harbour

Tsiknias River mouth
48 Garganey
4 Mediterranean Gull
Black Stork

Alykes
8 Great Egret
39 Little Egret
34 Ruddy Shelduck
1 Garganey
Gull-billed Tern
3 Spotted Redshank
200+ Ruff
4 Little Ringed Plover
2 Kentish Plover
42 Dunlin
2 Marsh Sandpiper
3 Wood Sandpiper
4 Whimbrel
7 Curlew
6 Northern Wheatear
Black-necked Grebe (offshore)

Potamia hidden lake
2 Ferruginous Duck
Peregrine
Chiffchaff

Metochi Lake
Common Buzzard
2 Little Crake
Flock of swifts circa 15 Pallid & 5 Common, hawking with hirundines

Lotzaria - this evening
2 Male Marsh Harrier
2 Male Hen Harrier
Peregrine
Kestrel
Merlin

Note,
Significant movement (hundreds) of yellow wagtails, inc. one smaller flock of circa 30 with 2 thunburgi and 2 superciliaris.
Significant movement of White Wagtail (almost as many as Yellow Wagtails)
Meadow Pipit several flocks totalling circa 200
Oprhean Warbler on the way back from Achladeri
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30/03/19 Skala Kalloni Area

30th March - A further report from Paul Manning:

Sunny but with a cold North Easterly

Tsiknias River mouth
4 Sandwich Tern

Tsiknias River
Nightingale

Lotzaria
Male Marsh Harrier
Female Marsh Harrier
Male Pallid Harrier
Male Hen Harrier
Osprey
4 Common Starling
2 Whitethroat

Alykes
3 Northern Wheatear
Curlew
4 Spotted Redshank
Great Egret
25 Little Egret
Stonechat
8 Ruddy Shelduck

Alykes offshore
3 Great Crested Grebe
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31/03/19 Skala Kalloni Area

31st March

Sunny and a little warmer, but still a cold strong North Easterly wind.

Paul Manning reports

Tsiknias River mouth
Oystercatcher

Lotzaria
2 Grey Heron
2 Black Stork
4 Spoonbill
2 Curlew
3 (2 male & 1 female) Marsh Harrier
Male Hen Harrier
Peregrine
Kestrel
2 Raven
Several flocks of Yellow Wagtail of between circa 30 & 100 birds

Alykes
37 Little Egret
2 Great Egret
39 Glossy Ibis
67 Ruddy Shelduck
19 Whimbrel
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1 April 2019 Skala Kalloni Area

Visiting birder and orchid expert Paul Manning reports on Lesvos Birders Facebook group :
01/04/19

Clear sky and a moderate cool North Easterly breeze

Lotzaria
2 Whitethroat

Pumping Station corner
5 Green Sandpiper
4 Marsh Sandpiper

Alykes
Great Egret
28 Little Egret
37 Glossy Ibis
Gill-billed Tern
Spotted Redshank
3 Curlew
7 Whimbrel
Lapwing
3 Northern Wheatear

Kalloni Pan main road
Common Buzzard
Female Marsh Harrier
Sparrowhawk

Kalloni Pan East track

Black Stork
Dalmatian Pelican
2CY Male Marsh Harrier
Adult Male Pallid Harrier
6 Green Sandpiper
71 Black-tailed Godwit

Mixed flock
450+ Ruff
13 Marsh Sandpiper
2 Curlew Sandpiper
2 Spotted Redshank

Mixed flock (circa 20)
Common Swift
Pallid Swift

Metochi Lake
Little Crake

Kavaki
Orphean Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Chiffchaff
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2 April 2019 - Skala Kalloni Area

02/04/19
Thanks again to Paul Manning for his reporting on the
Lesvos Birders Facebook group.

2nd April

Sunny with a building Northerly breeze

Lotzaria
Black Stork
White Stork
Long-legged Buzzard
Adult male Hen Harrier
Female Marsh Harrier
Peregrine
3 Quail
5 Starling
Whitethroat
Olivaceous Warbler

Kalloni Pans east track
1 male & 1 female Marsh Harrier
Short-toed Eagle
Large mixed flock of waders NE corner of pan
Alykes
71 Glossy Ibis
4 Curlew
Lapwing

Salt Pans Pumping Station side channel
4 Green Sandpiper
Spur-winged Plover

Kalloni pans channel
2 Green Sandpiper
4 Spotted Redshank
14 Marsh Sandpiper
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02/04/19 Reports from resident birders
From Lesvos bird news Facebook Group
Gulf of Kalloni
Garganey - a flock of circa 100 was photographed on migration.

02/04/2019 Charamida Marsh E Valerie reports.

28 Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

Eressos resident

Night Heron Flock, 11 total, Eressos, Lower River
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3 April 2019 Kalloni Area
Paul Manning reports
3rd April

Bright but strong cold Northerly gale, dropping and becoming warmer

Tsiknias River
Bittern


Lots aria
Female Marsh Harrier

Alykes
Black Stork
63 Glossy Ibis
3 Grey Heron
2 Great Egret
9 Whimbrel
Lapwing
6 Northern Wheatear

Wader numbers are rising on the Kalloni pans, a flock on the pumping house corner included
4 Spotted Redshank
1 Greenshank
9 Marsh Sandpiper
4 Green Sandpiper
8 Wood Sandpiper
3 Dunlin
Around 60 Ruff
As reported on Lesvos Birders Facebook group

Forest Ameles
Stiliones Zannetos reports
Common cuckoo 2 first of the season
& individual of black eared wheatear
As reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook group.
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4 April 2019 - Skala Kalloni Area

4th April 2019
Paul Manning reports on Lesvos Birders Facebook group :

Clear sky and a light breeze

Tsiknias River mouth
Black-headed Gull
Spur-winged Plover

Tsiknias River Ford
Bittern
Night Heron
Greenshank

Lotzaria
Long-legged Buzzard
Female Marsh Harrier
Male Hen Harrier
Quail
Flock of 300+ Yellow Wagtail

Alykes
Sparrowhawk
Lapwing
4 Curlew
38 Glossy Ibis
2 Short-toed Lark

Kalloni salt pans
Gull-billed Tern
4 Spotted Redshank
7 Marsh Sandpiper
Several hundred Ruff across area

Note
Very few White Wagtail & no Meadow Pipits
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5 April 2019 - Kalloni Area

5th April Paul Manning reports

Sunny and calm

Offshore Tsiknias River
6 Great Crested Grebe
1 Black-necked Grebe

Tsiknias River
Female Marsh Harrier
4 Mediterranean Gull

Lotzaria
Curlew
2 Starlings

Kalloni salt pan
8 Garganey
1 Greenshank
7 Spotted Redshank
8 Marsh Sandpiper
17 Dunlin
2 Stone Curlew
44 Avocet

Alykes
16 Glossy Ibis
2 Curlew
2 Whimbrel
6 Short-toed Lark
Common Sandpiper

Offshore Alykes race track
9 Great Crested Grebe
5 Black-necked Grebe

Nightingale, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Little Ringed Plover and Wood Sandpiper numbers increasing

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A local observer travelling the Sigri - Eressos coastal road, notes that the road
is in bad condition and unsuitable for normal saloon type cars.
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6th April 2019 - various locations

06/04/19
Paul Manning reports on Lesvos Birders Facebook Group:

6th April

Increasing rain throughout the day.

Locations from Mytilene to Sigri, via Harimida and Polichnitos

Harimida
Rüppell's Warbler 1
Common Cuckoo 1
Common Redstart 1
Orphean Warbler 1
Subalpine Warbler 2
Sardinian Warbler 6
Hobby 1
Song Thrush 1
Little Grebe 1
Glossy Ibis 28
Savi's Warbler 1
Grey Heron 4
Common Coot 2
Common Moorhen 3
Water Rail 1
Common Buzzard 2

Dipi Larisos
Peregrine 1
Little Ringed Plover 1
Kentish Plover 1
Mediterranean Gull 2
Grey Heron 3
Wood Sandpiper 1
Ruff 1
Black-winged Stilt 1

Polichnitos
Alpine Swift 2
Pallid Swift 6 6
Common Swift 4

Polichnitos Saltpans
Wood Sandpiper 5
Marsh Sandpiper 5
Avocet 6
Black-winged Stilt 3
Greenshank 2
Black Stork 3
Great Crested Grebe 1
Meadow Pipit 22
Yellow Wagtail 8

Alikoudi Pool
Marsh Sandpiper 4
Ruff 21
Wood Sandpiper 2
Avocet 309
Hoopoe 1
Grey Heron 1
Black-winged Stilt 1

Faneromeni
Whimbrel 1
Little Crake 1 male
Water Rail 1
European Robin 1
Sedge Warbler 1
White Wagtail 40
Common Cuckoo 1
Collared Flycatcher 1 male
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Yellow Wagtail 10
Long-legged Buzzard 1

Note:
According to the internet weather forecasts, rain is set for
the next few days, with daytime highs of 19C.
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7 April 2019 - Reports from Out West

07/04/19
Paul Manning still out and about , reporting for Lesvos Birders.

Western Lesvos Weather:
Overcast with Ipsilou rarely appearing, but dry (although I expect it rained elsewhere on the island). Fresh southeasterly dropping throughout the day.

Top find of the day was a Hare , when it decided we’d got too close and bolted for cover up the hillside.

Faneromeni

SEMI-COLLARED FLYCATCHER male
Collared Flycatcher 2
Pied Flycatcher 2
Golden Oriole
Raven 1
Marsh Harrier 1
Garganey 1
Green Sandpiper 2
Ruddy Shelduck 3 (Female with 6 young making their way downstream)
White Wagtail 20
Water Rail 1
Little Crake 1
Yellow Wagtail 4
Rock Dove 21
Kingfisher 1
European Robin 1
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Sedge Warbler 2
Blackcap 2
Orphean Warbler 5
Common Redstart 2
Lesser Kestrel 3
Common Kestrel 1
Common Whitethroat 1
Blackcap 8
Common Cuckoo 2
Sardinian Warbler 1
Wood Warbler 5
Blackcap 4
Subalpine Warbler 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Short-toed Eagle 4
Alpine Swift 8
Lesser Kestrel 1
Chiffchaff 16
Sedge Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Hoopoe 3
Common Redstart 2
Woodchat Shrike 2

Sigri inlet/fields

Woodchat Shrike 1
Gull-billed Tern 25
Grey Heron 14
Black-winged Stilt 1
Glossy Ibis 1

Sigri Old Sanatorium

Northern Wheatear 6
Woodchat Shrike 1
Whinchat 2
Marsh Harrier 4

Meladia Valley

Common Whitethroat 2
Pallid Swift 4
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Alpine Swift 6
Eurasian Reed Warbler 3
Crag Martin 5
Wood Warbler 4
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1
Mallard 2
Chiffchaff 16
Subalpine Warbler 3
Sardinian Warbler 3
Yellow Wagtail 22
Meadow Pipit 58
Sand Martin 8
Collared Flycatcher 2
Ruddy Shelduck 2
Swallow 40
Peregrine 1 (busily eating a Hoopoe...)
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8 April 2019 - Wesward ho!

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So Lesvos is coming into form, great to see.
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Weather characterised by unprecedented April rainfall over the past few days.
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08/04/19
West Lesvos

Paul Manning reports on Lesvos Birders Facebook group:

Bright and sunny morning gave way to a prolonged thunderstorm by early afternoon:

Sigri Old Sanatorium

Grasshopper Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 24
Blackcap 10
Subalpine Warbler 3
Tree Pipit 2
Collared Flycatcher 1
Lesser Kestrel 2
Olivaceous Warbler 1
Rock Dove 4
Sedge Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 35
Song Thrush 1
Orphean Warbler 6
Quail 3
White Wagtail 16
Woodchat Shrike 1
Common Redstart 1
Linnet 6
Ruddy Shelduck 1

Meladia Valley – sanatorium to chapel

Ruppell's Warbler 1 (Male)
Rock Dove 14
Common Whitethroat 2
White Wagtail 1
Peregrine 1
Semi-collared Flycatcher 1
Woodchat Shrike 1
Orphean Warbler 1
Common Kestrel 1
Woodlark 1
Tree Pipit 1

Meladia Valley – ford
Pied Flycatcher 1
Tree Pipit 4
Stonechat 6
Eurasian Reed Warbler 2
Raven 15
Marsh Harrier 2
Woodchat Shrike 2
Collared Flycatcher 4
Olivaceous Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 6
Blackcap 12
Hoopoe 4
Wood Warbler 1
Peregrine 1
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Lesser Whitethroat 8
Orphean Warbler 6

Meladia Valley – valley north of ford
Collared Flycatcher 3
Wood Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 2
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 1
Pied Flycatcher 2
Blackcap 4
Common Buzzard 3
Short-toed Eagle 1

Meladia Valley – chapel
Bee-eater 6

Sigri - south beach
Collared Flycatcher 1

Faneromeni – upper ford
Little Crake 2
Collared Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher 1
Sedge Warbler 2
Moorhen 8
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09 April 2019 - West is Best

09/04/19
Current images are showing all natural river crossings flooded, following heavy rain.

Paul Manning reports out in West Lesvos today, on Lesvos Birders:

Torrential rain all day, with short breaks between fronts.
A moderate to strong southeasterly.

Faneromeni
Semi-collared Flycatcher 1 fem
Collared Flycatcher 13
Pied Flycatcher 12
Great Reed Warbler 2
Song Thrush 1
Meadow Pipit 22
White Wagtail 50
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 6
Wood Warbler 3
Sedge Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 80+
Blackcap 50+
Chiffchaff 40+
Common Redstart 1 fem
Common Cuckoo 3
Eurasian Reed Warbler 2
Quail 1 (flushed from roadside)
Little Crake 1
Green Sandpiper 3
Wood Sandpiper 9
Common Sandpiper 3
Common Snipe 1
Greenshank 1
Marsh Harrier 1 fem
Little Egret 12
Kingfisher 1
Little Ringed Plover 1
Ruddy Shelduck 5
Greylag Goose 3 (only 1 previously accepted record)

Sigri inlet
Citrine Wagtail 1 fem
Yellow Wagtail 50+ mixed flock of feldegg, flava, thunbergi (3), superciliaris (3), dombrowski (2)
Spoonbill 1 ad
Sandwich Tern 2
Peregrine 1
Mediterranean Gull 1 sp ad

Sigri – south beach
Whinchat 1
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10 April 2019 - Doterrel, Savi's, Semi Collared Flycatcher

10/04/19
More reports from Lesvos Bird News
Still raining, but Ray & Sandra Hopkins report a couple of stunning doterrel.
Worth adding that Paul Manning & Steve Dudley's 3 greylags yesterday, was also a terrific record for Lesvos.
10/4/2019
Kalloni Salt Pan

3 Spoonbill
1 King fisher
Lotsaria field
2 Doterrel
21 Glossy Ibis
Lots of Ruff & Blacktailed Godwit
2 Little Owl
2 Curlew
Yellow Wagtails
Marsh Harrier
10+ Bee- eaters
Metochi Lake
12 Purple Heron
8 little Grebe
2 Reed Warbler
Faneromeni
1 Red footed Falcon
2 Redstart
2 Windchat
Flycatchers pied & collard
White throat, wood warblers, etc.

Paul Manning reports again from the West and nice to see
Steve Dudley back on the island again:
10/04/19
Sigri Old Sanatorium


Savi's Warbler 1
Whinchat 2
Northern Wheatear 8
Hobby

Meladia Valley – Old Sanatorium to Chapel

Subalpine Warbler 2
Common Nightingale 9
Marsh Harrier 3
Wood Warbler 4
Pied Flycatcher 1
Common Whitethroat 5
Hoopoe 1
Marsh Sandpiper 2
Sedge Warbler 1
Yelkouan Shearwater 40

Meladia Valley – north of ford

Great Spotted Cuckoo 1 2CY
Semi-collared Flycatcher 3 2m,1f
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Savi's Warbler 1
Blackcap 80
Lesser Whitethroat 20
Collared Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher 1
Common Cuckoo 5
Common Redstart 1 Fem
Wood Warbler 4
Common Nightingale 8
Eurasian Reed Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 1

Meladia Valley – ford

Collared Flycatcher 2
Pied Flycatcher 3
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1 Fem
Hoopoe 5
Tree Pipit 26
Whinchat 1
Common Redstart 3 1m, 2f
Green Sandpiper 3
Eurasian Reed Warbler 1
Lesser Kestrel 5
Common Kestrel 1
Common Cuckoo 2
Marsh Harrier 1 male
Night-heron 1
Grey Heron 1

Sigri inlet

Glossy Ibis 18
Grey Heron 10
Squacco Heron 1
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Black-winged Stilt 6
Little Egret 18
Purple Heron 2
Garganey 2 m, f
Green Sandpiper 2
Wood Sandpiper 4
Greater Flamingo 9

Faneromeni beach road

Short-toed Lark 60
Yellow Wagtail 140
Purple Heron 16

Faneromeni upper fields

Common Cuckoo 5
Mallard 2
Pied Flycatcher 2
Collared Flycatcher 2
Whinchat 1
Wood Warbler 2
Common Redstart 1 male
Little Owl 1
Hoopoe 1
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Rare Dotteral find By Ray and Sandra Hopkins

10/04/19
Kalloni Salt Pans
Rare Dotteral find By Ray and Sandra Hopkins
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11 April 2019 Out West again

11/04/19
Paul Manning reports from out West
Bright and sunny all day


Sigri inlet

Black-tailed Godwit 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Wood Sandpiper 9
Green Sandpiper 1
Purple Heron 1
Grey Heron 3
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Squacco Heron 1
Yellow Wagtail superciliaris 3
Yellow Wagtail 20
Savi's Warbler 1

Faneromeni beach road

Short-toed Lark 38
Whinchat 6
Northern Wheatear 4
Bee-eater 19
Hoopoe 3
Spanish Sparrow 260
Little Ringed Plover 2
Great Reed Warbler 3
Ruddy Shelduck 8
Olivaceous Warbler 1
Eurasian Reed Warbler 1
Turtle Dove 8
Glossy Ibis 26
Alpine Swift 1
Marsh Harrier 2
Lesser Kestrel 2
Savi's Warbler 1
Yellow Wagtail 45
Common Starling 2

Faneromeni lower and upper fields

Semi-collared Flycatcher 1 fem
Pied Flycatcher 4
Collared Flycatcher 3
Common Redstart 3
Song Thrush 1
Chiffchaff 1
Common Cuckoo 2
Wood Warbler 20
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler 3
Common Nightingale 2
Turtle Dove 2
Hoopoe 6

Meladia Valley

Common Redstart 5
Pied Flycatcher 2
Collared Flycatcher 9
Common Cuckoo 3
Wood Warbler 3
Yellow Wagtail 120
Olivaceous Warbler 1
White Stork 3
Short-toed Eagle 3
Long-legged Buzzard 2
Common Buzzard 1
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12 April 2019 - The Deluge

12/04/19
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Metochi Inland Lake
Truly a lake today, it's flooded over the surrounding track - see photo
Achladeri
Krupers nuthatches apparently nesting in the same tree as past 2 years
Tsiknias ford
30 purple herons in a flock going south
Christou River
Beautiful adult male pallid harrier late over Christou flood plane
Potamia
masked shrikes on territory
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12 April 2019 - The Deluge Continues

12/04/19
Paul Manning reports from out West
Sigri/Faneromeni/Meladia Valley

Paul reports that the area was subject to yet another heavy rainstorm today.
Apparently the Meladia Ford was running half a meter deep, flooding the
road and surrounding area. He added that a return to the Faneromeni area, during the late afternoon produced a gob smacking mix of different species of migrating birds , in terms of sheer numbers.
He describes how flocks of hirundine and wagtails, dropped in on the flooded areas, joined by a spur winged plover and 19 European bee-eaters.
2 separate flocks of lesser kestrel were seen at different locations and evidently it was harrier city, with a count of 29 Marsh and 2 singles each of Monte's and Pallid, in fact he noted that Marsh harriers were everywhere, unable to gain height due to the prevailing weather.

12/04/19
Sigri & Faneromeni - morning

Great Spotted Cuckoo 2CY
Golden Oriole 1
Short-toed Lark 11
Common Redstart 1
Collated Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher 3
Whinchat 6
Sardinian Warbler 1
Wood Warbler 4
Orphean Warbler 3
Chiffchaff 3
Lesser Whitethroat 8
Blackcap 4
Common Whitethoat 1
Woodchat 6
Hen Harrier 2CY male
Mallard 3
Ruddy Shelduck 5
Little Ringed Plover 1
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Squacco Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 6
Little Egret 9

Sigri & Faneromeni - afternoon

Pallid Harrier 3CY(?) male
Montagu’s Harrier 11 male, 4 fem
Marsh Harrier 29+
Lesser Kestrel 55 (flocks of 33 and 22)
Spur-winged Plover 1 (nr Sigri inlet)
Common Cuckoo 3
Bee-eater 19
Red-throated Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 200+
Sand Martin 160+
Barn Swallow 700+
Spanish Sparrow 280+
Wood Sandpiper 31
Little Egret 15
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13 April 2019 - West / East

Paul Manning reports from both migration centres.

13th April - overcast with light rain in the evening.


OUT WEST
Sigri inlet

Spur-winged Plover 1
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Wood Sandpiper 7
Common Redshank 1
Grey Heron 12
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Glossy Ibis 6
Savi's Warbler 1

Faneromeni area

Golden Oriole 4
Whinchat 24
Hoopoe 8
Spanish Sparrow 120
Great Reed Warbler 1
Eurasian Reed Warbler 1
Turtle Dove 3
Common Redstart 7
Bonelli’s Warbler 2
Wood Warbler 29
Chiffchaff 5
Semi-collared Flycatcher fem
Pied Flycatcher 10
Collared Flycatcher 9
Common Whitethroat 5
Lesser Whitethroat 15
Tree Pipit 3
Common Nightingale 4
Subalpine Warbler 3

Meladia Valley

Golden Oriole 5
Wood Warbler 1
Collared Flycatcher 4
Pied Flycatcher 1
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Tree Pipit 1
White Stork 4

OUT EAST

Lotzaria

Quail fem (flushed from track)
Gull-billed Tern 5
Marsh Sandpiper 3
Purple Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Montagu’s Harrier 4 - 2 ad males, 2CY male, fem

Alykes Wetlands

Short-toed Lark 88
Glossy Ibis 27
Garganey 15
Avocet 2
Curlew 1
Greenshank 1
Yellow Wagtail 280
Black-necked Grebe 1
Great Crested Grebe 2
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13 April 2019 -Eagles sp x 2 Vouvari

13/04/19
Vouvari
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Local conservationist S Zannetos photographed a large eagle sp
at Vouvari. The two birds in the air together,were unfortunately set
against a leaden sky.
Speculation is that they may be eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) or
Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos), others better informed than I are
opting for short toed, which are a breeding species on Lesvos.
For me the neck, tail and wingspan make the latter unlikely.
If better images or a definitive ID arise, I will update.
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Mick, I hope you don't mind but I put a link to this photo on the ID thread and this and the replies are at: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread...24#post3838624
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Mick, I hope you don't mind but I put a link to this photo on the ID thread and this and the replies are at: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread...24#post3838624
Thanks for that.
The consensus appears to be Circaetus gallicus.
If more images are made available, I will of course post them
if the owner will let me.
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