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Lesvos Bird News 2021 (1 Viewer)

Mick Sway

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Week commencing 21 March 2020
A influx of migrating and breeding birds has been reported this week .
The weather has been described as inclement with showers , with temperatures rarely above 10c
Eressos :
Movements of hoopoe, barn swallow, common swift, alpine swift, black headed wagtails and grey heron reported.
 

Mick Sway

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25 March 2021 Spur Winged Plover Alykes / Kalloni Salt Pans
On a day when Lesvos endures another cold snap and Agiassos resembles a Christmas card scene ,
local wildlife enthusiast Petros Tsakmakis, turned up two passing Spur Winged Plovers at Alykes.
Telephone photo with his kind permission.
As reported on local naturalist Eleni Galinou's Facebook Group.

 

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Mick Sway

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25/03/21 Eressos - Falcons
My expat Eressos resident correspondent, reports on Lesvos Birders Facebook group :
"A flight of 9 small Falcons over my place early morning today (Red-Footed/Hobby size)".
The more likely of the two would be Red Footed Falcons.
Also below a couple of images posted by Steve from earlier this week of feldegg yellow wagtail
and a large influx of grey heron, no doubt weather inspired.
Photos with his permission.
 

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Mick Sway

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26 March 2021 Kalloni Salt Pans - Pallid Harrier
Eleni Galinou found a beautiful male Pallid Harrier at Kalloni Salt Pans this morning.
As reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group.
 

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Mick Sway

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28 March 2021 - Kalloni Salt Pans
Spoonbills and Slender Billed gull

As reported today on Lesvos Birders Facebook group.
Local wildlife enthusiast Mirsini Kladogeni has kindly given permission to reproduce her images here.
No specific dates or numbers of species are available, other that March 2021.
 

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Mick Sway

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A great place to keep up with new arrivals is Eleni's Kalloni Environmental Centre Website :
Click on the link above for your up to date Lesvos Bird News.
Sub-alpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans) - Mar 13, a male, Eftalou - Molivos (Christos Samaras) | Mar 28, a male, Kalloni Pans
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) - Mar 26, Kalloni Pans SE fields
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) - Mar 28, 1 ind. Tsichliontas river
Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis) - Mar 28, 1 singing male near Parakila
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) - Mar 26, Kalloni Pans SW fields | Mar 28, 2 ind. Tsichliontas river
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) - Mar 28, Kalloni Pans
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) - Mar 28, 1 ind. Tsichliontas river
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) - Mar 24, 2 males, Charamida | 28 Mar, 1 male, Tsichliontas river
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) - Mar 26, 2 males, Mitilini , 2 males, Kalloni Pans S fields, 1 male, Pamfila Mar 28, 2 males near Makara
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) - Mar 28, a pair at Makara, 2 ind. near Agra
Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus) - Mar 25, 2 ind., Kalloni Pans SW fields , still present on Mar 26
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) - Mar 26, 5 ind., Kalloni Pans coast | still present on the 28th
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) - Mar 13, 3 ind. in the south fields of the Kalloni Salt Pans SW
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) - Mar 6, 2 ind. Messa
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) - Mar 28, 1 ind. Kalloni Salt Pans
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) - Mar 28, 1 ind. Kalloni Pans canal
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) - Mar 6, 22 ind. Kalloni Salt Pans SW parts

Ruff (Calidris pugnax) - Mar 6, 45 ind. Kalloni Salt Pans SW parts
Click on the link above for up to date Lesvos Bird news
Black-winged Stilt - Mar 21, 10 ind. Polichnitos Salt Pans Mar 25 & 26, 7 ind. Kalloni Pans SW fields
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) - Mar 24, 1 ind., Skala Kallonis Mar 28, 1 ind. Kalloni Pans canal & a pair at Makara estuary
 

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Mick Sway

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3 April 2021 Kalloni / Polichnitos Salt Pans
Further evidence of ongoing migration with photographs shared on Facebook of :
Glossy ibis, Purple Heron, Wood Sandpiper, Little ringed plover,Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Northern wheatears, hoopoe.
No counts given.
See images below reproduced by kind permission , with the credits of local wildlife enthusiasts as stated.
 

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Mick Sway

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4th April 2021
Ipsilou Area

Eleni Galinou reports an influx of Cinereous and Cretzschmar's Buntings.

Meladia Valley
A few collared flycatchers seen.

Alykes Wetland
Mersini Kladogeni reports Garganey Anas querquedula and Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca at Alykes Wetland

The above as reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group , no counts stated.
 

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Mick Sway

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6th April 2021
Gulf of Kalloni

Yelkouan Shearwaters 3000+ as reported by Eleni Galinou

Chalandra River, Eressos

Collared flycatchers, night and purple Heron reported by Eressos resident Steve Bird - no counts stated

Reports as they appear on Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group. Images with permission and thanks.
 

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Mick Sway

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02 April 2021 Kalloni Salt Pans - late news
Mersini Kladogeni found a Eurasian Bittern , see her photo below.
 

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Mick Sway

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9 April 2021
Kalloni Salt Pans
E Galinou reports 14 Gull Billed Terns in at the pans.

Lesvos Bird News Facebook group.

Water levels at Alykes Wetland are good for anyone interested.
Another spring missed due to covid.
 

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Mick Sway

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10 April 2021 Perama - south island , Gulf of Gera
Local report of the first little crake of the season reported along with sedge warblers.
 

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