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LESVOS BIRD NEWS 2024 (1 Viewer)

Mick Sway

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Lesvos Bird News 2024
W/C 26 Feb 2024
Spring migration has brought reports of the return of house martins, the first returning hoopoe and a passage of hundreds of Yelkouan Shearwaters (Puffinus yelkouan).

02-03-24
Local ringer and environmentalist , Stylianos Zannetos discovered the National rarity of a Richard's Pipit at Kalloni Salt Pans
and a Pigmy Cormorant at Metochi Lake.
06-03-24
The first spur winged plover of the season was seen at Kalloni Salt Pans

More detailed bird news at Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group.
 

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Sunday 10th March 2024
Skala Eresou
Local ex pat wildlife enthusiast, Steve Bird reports the first Little Crake at Vergias River.
Several winter visiting black redstarts still present.
 

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Great Spotted Cuckoo, Clamator glandarius
The first of the season reported at Alykes Wetland 14-03-24
As reported on Lesvos Bird News group .
 
15 March 2024
Gulf of Kalloni/Alykes Wetland
First Spring reports of :

Black headed yellow wagatail , Motacilla flava feldegg
Eastern sub-alpine warbler, Curruca cantillans
As reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook group

Late news 03-03-24 as reported on eBird
Dipi Larsos Reed Bed
Moustached warbler 6
Eurasian penduline tit 2
Hen harrier
Reed warbler
 
First arrivals as listed on Lesvosbirdnews.org, Ref Eleni Galinou
18 March 2024 March 2024
Psaropotamos river, Skala Eressos

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 6
17 March 2024
Dipi Larsos Reed Bed

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)
 

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New arrivals :
18-03-24

Perama Gulf of Gera - Black winged Stilt

19-03-24
Mitilini
Common swift 15

19-03-24
Eressos - thought I'd share this rather lovely false apollo butterfly taken by Steve Bird
 

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New arrivals as reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group

20 March 2024​

Skala Eressos
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica) 1, Skala Eressos

Mesa Wetland
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) 5, Messa

Sigri
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 1, Sigri
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) 2, Sigri

Meladia Valley (Sigri-Eressos)
Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia)

Thanks to local conservationist and bird guide Eleni Galinou for the updates.

21 March​

Psaropotamos River, Skala Eressos
Garganey (Anas querquedula) 15 male , 2 female as reported by local, Steve Bird
 
More news from the past few days :
18 March 2024
Parakila Marsh

Short-toed Eagle

20 March 2024
Kalloni Salt Pans

Ferrugineous Duck - 8 in sea below salt pans
Black stork 3
Mediterranean Gull 110
Hen Harrier 1
Barn Swallow 120 - feeding over South field seasonal pools
Zitting Cisticola 3

Skala Eressos
Laughing dove 1

22 March 2024
Dipi Larsos Reed Bed

Osprey
Garganey 8

23 March 2024
Mesa Wetland

Garganey est circa 90
Tsiknias River
Purple heron
Ipsilou
Eastern black eared wheatear
Eressos
Eastern bonelli's warbler

24 March 2024
Kalloni Salt Pans

Glossy ibis 10
Great spotted cuckoo 2
Northern wheatear 2
Potamia Old Reservoir
Common Pochard 2
Faneromeni Fields
Woodchat Shrike

As reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook group.
 
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29 March 2024 - First return report, by Steve Bird
Eressos
Eastern Orphean warbler (Curruca crassirostris)
I'm told that this is a first year adult male.
 

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28 March 2024
Nifida area, Gulf of Kalloni

Woodchat shrike 2
Eastern black eared wheatear 3
Hoopoe 2
30 March 2024
Kalloni Salt Pans

Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus - image by Mirsini Kladogeni

31 March
Agia Triada

Scops owl x 3
 

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2 April 2024
Kalloni Saltpans

As reported on eBird:
Black tailed godwit 5
Gull billed tern 5

3 April 2024
Kalloni Saltpans

Sightings as reported on Lesvos Bird News Facebook Group:
Common tern - first of spring
Black-winged Stilts 26
Avocet 40
Ruffs 28
Little Egrets 8
Alykes Wetland
Glossy Ibises, 11
Black Storks 2
Grey Herons 5
Ruddy Shelducks 20
Yellow Wagtails 10

4 April 2024
Kalloni Saltpans

Gull billed tern 16 est
Kalloni Pool area ( as reported on Observation.org)
Nightingale
 

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Hi John Sorry for the delay in replying.
There's a Lesvos Birders Facebook Group , "Whatsapp" group.
You would have to join the group and make a request there.
Thanks
Thanks for this. Looking at Lesvos bird news for previous years, there seemed to be links to the best site location on Lesbos. Unfortunately many of these links seem to be inactive and searching the web doesn't seem to give any maps on best places to visit. Also both well known Lesbos books are impossible to find. Do you have a working web-link that could show me how to access the various sites across the island? Visiting in Mid-May.
 
Thanks for this. Looking at Lesvos bird news for previous years, there seemed to be links to the best site location on Lesbos. Unfortunately many of these links seem to be inactive and searching the web doesn't seem to give any maps on best places to visit. Also both well known Lesbos books are impossible to find. Do you have a working web-link that could show me how to access the various sites across the island? Visiting in Mid-May.
Birding Places seems to have pretty good coverage for sites on Lesvos:
 
Thanks for this. Looking at Lesvos bird news for previous years, there seemed to be links to the best site location on Lesbos. Unfortunately many of these links seem to be inactive and searching the web doesn't seem to give any maps on best places to visit. Also both well known Lesbos books are impossible to find. Do you have a working web-link that could show me how to access the various sites across the island? Visiting in Mid-May.
 
Hi John
Unfortunately the Lesvos Birders web site has unfortunately been discontinued due to lack of hits.
As Andrew says , Birdingplaces is a good site to visit.
Kind regards
Mick
 

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