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Old Wednesday 18th April 2018, 13:00   #51
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Mick, having trouble deciding where to go first at weekend, Metochi with less vegetation sounds great. I've had a message re bee-eaters and rollers 'out West'! Think that may be first place on Sunday.

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18/04/18 Black Winged Pratincole,Caspian Gull & Golden Plover

18/04/18 Kalloni Salt Pans and surrounds
A brief report by a well respected birder arriving today , notes the following:
Black-winged Pratincole hawking with dozen Collards hawking overhead.
A first-year Caspian Gull on Kalloni saltpans.
A Late Golden Plover ,
17 Pintail
+ good numbers of red throated pipits.
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Mick, having trouble deciding where to go first at weekend, Metochi with less vegetation sounds great. I've had a message re bee-eaters and rollers 'out West'! Think that may be first place on Sunday.

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I do wish that there was more feedback from other birders.
Though I guess that Killian's report will have you straight out on the Salt Pans.
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2018, 19:17   #54
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I do wish that there was more feedback from other birders.
Though I guess that Killian's report will have you straight out on the Salt Pans.
:-)
Yes looks like it. There's more filtering through on the WhatApp group I set up.

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17 April 2018 Kalloni SP

17/04/18
A report from Eleni at Lesvos Bird News , see here for more updates:
Kalloni Salt Pans and wetland:
Glossy Ibises 110
Red-throated Pipits 30
Meditereranean Gulls 3
Squacco Herons 3
Collared pratincole 11
Singles of:
Black Winged Pratincole
Night Heron
Whiskered Tern
Pallid Harrier,
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19 April 2018 - first Monte's near Haramid

19/04/18 Amali's forest, near Haramida Marsh
A montegu's harrier was seen and photographed here, by Stylianos Zannetos this morning.
As first reported on Lesvos Bird News .
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19/04/18 Report from West of the island by a visiting birder:
Sigri and surrounding area.
Montagu’s Harrier
Marsh Harrier 3+
Red-footed Falcon 3
Lesser Kestrel 2
Short-toed Eagle 2
Little Owl
Purple Heron 2
Little Stint 6
Glossy Ibis 4
Black Stork 2
Red-backed Shrike 2
Woodchat Shrike c30
Isabelle Wheatear
Roller 4 (together at the Fig Orchard Maladia)
Golden Oriole 3
Collard Flycatcher 1 m Sanatorium
Pied Flycatcher 6
Turtle Dove c20
Whinchat c50
Redstart 2
Tree Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
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19 April 2018 - White pellicans x 2

19/04/18 Kalloni Bay beyond salt pans
2 white pelican were reported doing a flyover the Kalloni Salt Pans ,
landing in Kalloni Bay today.
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19 April 2018 Skala Polichnitos

19/04/18
A brief report from Lesvos Bird news
Skala Polichnitos:
14 Bee-eaters
1 Black-headed Bunting
4 Red-footed Falcons

also a single Little Gull (Hydrocoleus minutus)
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20 April 2018 Cattle Egret and Hen harrier

20/04/18
Two separate reports from different parties, this morning on Lesvos BN.
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A cattle egret was seen this morning near Eressos.
No specific location given.

In the general area of Polinnichtous Salt Pans
A female Hen Harrier
two good birds for Lesvos in Spring

Just a shame that the correspondents aren't more specific about the location.
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20 April 2018 Alykes Wetland

[b]20/04/18
More detailed reports by visiting birders on Lesvos Biders FB group:
Report 1
Alykes wetland
Collared pratincole 2
Med gull 6
Pallid harrier 2 (1cy male + 1cy female)
Red throated pipit 25
Golden plover 1
Garganey 10
Glossy Ibis 50
Whiskered Tern 1
Dalmatian pelican 7 (flyovers)
Short toed eagle 8
Tawny pipit 1
Short toed lark 1
great crested grebe 2
Stone curlew 2

Salt pans
temminck's stint 5
Spotted redshank 3

Tsiknias River
Black headed bunting 1
curlew 2

Report 2
Polichnitos Salt Pans:
Red-footed Falcon 7
Marsh Sandpiper 3
Ruff c20
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank 2
Kentish Plover
Little Stint

Achladeri:
Krupers Nuthatch (where the main track splits over the stream).
Short-toed Treecreeper 4
Alpine Swift 2
Black Stork 2

Salt Pans and back fields:
Black-headed Bunting
Red-footed Falcon 5
Black Stork 4
White Stork
Gull-billed Tern 28
Whiskered Tern 5
Little Tern c15
Middle-spotted Woodpecker

Potania River:
Night Heron

Kalloni Salt Pans
A late report that the Black-winged Pratincole was seen again in the morning, opposite the Alykes hide
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21 April 2018 - Sat - Meladia Valley Levant

21/04/18
Reports by visiting birders:
Maladia Valley

Levant Sparrowhawk (m) North of the fig Orchard.
Pallid Harrier 2+
Short-toed Eagle 4
Long-legged Buzzard
Lesser Kestrel 2
Purple Heron 3+
Collard Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher 2
Spotted Flycatcher
Alpine Swift 4
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike c6
Hoopoe 2
Rock Nuthatch 2

Ipsilou:
Wood Warbler 6+
Golden Oriole
Cinereous Bunting 7
Pied Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher 2

Kavaki
Ruppell’s Warbler
Orphean warbler
Sub-alpine warbler
Blue rock thrush

Tsiknias River
at the mouth
grey plovers 3
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23 April 2018 Kalloni Salt Pans

Sunday 22 April 2018
A brief report from me as we made our way to our accommodation
Via a short trip to the salt pans.
Back at the Jewel of the Aegean with thanks
to Tina for letting me come with our good friend Mark Cassidy, who thankfully was able to navigate the Kalloni Salt Pans and surrounds, on the ĺate afternoon of a beautifully sunny spring day, our first stop before heading for Anaxos,
Tsiknias River mouth 5 tern species
5 gull billed tern
2 sandwich tern
2 whiskered tern
2 common tern
1 little tern
2 great crested grebe in the bay

Alykes wetland
50 c red throated pipit on the wires
glossy ibis only one seen
30 c flock of bh wagtail

Salt pans channel by pump house
5 Marsh sand
1 spotted redshank
8 wood sandpiper
30 c ruff
2 mallard

Mini soccer
Scops owl 1, which we managed to locate for a nice Dutch couple.

Plus many egrets, ruddy shellduck, ringed plover and the usual suspects.
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23 April 2018 More Harriers @ Kalloni S P

Some notable sightings from today Mon 23/04/18
Metochi
3 little crake 1 male 2 female
1golden oriole
3 Woodchat shrike
1 Red backed shrike
1 Masked shrike
2 Squacco heron
3 little bittern
1 great reed warbler

Christou River
8 greenshank
1 golden oriole

Achladeri
1 honey buzzard
2 Kruppers nuthatch - looks about to fledge
5 short toed tree creeper

Kalloni salt pans
1 pallid harrier female
1 Marsh harrier female
1 black winged tern
28 gull billed terns
1 Curlew sandpiper
2 Temmincks stint
30 ish yellow wagtails
30 ish red throated pipits
6 Squacco heron
Fields East of Salt Pans this evening
2 pallid harrier
Looked like 1 X 1cy and 1 female
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Summary of sightings by visiting birder, out West/ Sigri area:
23/04/18
Laddie Valley
Blue rock thrush
Rock sparrow
Crag Martin
Eastern bonellis warbler
Goshawk
Somber tit
Woodlark
Alpine swift
Pallid swift

Isabelline wheatear
Bee-eater

Ipsilou
Cinereous bunting
Chiff chaff
Northern wheatear
Woodlark
Blue rock thrush
Orphean warbler
Eleonoras falcon
Cretzschmar's bunting

Faneromeni - water level said to be low at the fords already
Pied flycatcher
Collared flycatcher
Spotted flycatcher
Tree pipit
Short toed eagle
Marsh harrier
Lesser kestrel

Melodically Valley
Cretzschmar's bunting
whinchat
Purple heron
Pallid harrier
Short toed eagle
Rock nuthatch
Blackcap
Pied flycatcher
Red backed shrike
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