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LESVOS BIRD NEWS 2024 (3 Viewers)

Some highlights from the past few days:
Great spotted cuckoos have been present at Perasma Reservoir over
the last week while one was reported at Ampelia today 03/05,which we dipped on.
Great snipes were reported at Achladeri pool and Kalloni Pool
on 30/04 and 01/05 respectively.
Red breasted flycatchers reported out West at Sigri and Faneromeni on
On 02/05 and 05/05.
A spotted crake was on the Tsiknias River for a few days up to 02/03
Kalloni Saltpans hosted a red necked phalarope and palled harrier 02/05
A lesser spotted eagle was reported at Agra on 02/05
A highlight as been a terek sandpiper found at Kalami Marsh today 03/05
Photos from me.
Eleonoras falcon, Ampelia
Marsh Sandiper, Alykes
Great reed warbler, Ancient Antissa
Isabeline Wheatear, Petrifed Forest park
European Roller, Ampelia

Appologies both the Hotel and roaming internet are poor here .
 

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Apologies, yesterdays Terek was at Alcoudi not Kalami
04-05-24
Skala Kaloni Salt Pans
Pectoral sandpiper - very rare for Greece
Broad billed sandpiper
Skala Kalloni
2 nightjar reported
Antissa
We hear 2 laughing doves have taken up residence
From WhatsApp group discussions
 
6th May Rare and scares update, from WhatsApp info:
Perasma Reservoir
Great spotted cuckoo x 2
Kalloni Salt Pans
Griffon vulture
Cattle egret
Little gull
Red necked phalarope
Dalmatian pelicans present , numbers of white winged and whiskers terns.
Kalloni Raptor Watchpoint
Black kite
Lardia Valley
Bonellis eagle
Argenos Watchpoint
Griffin vulture
Lesser spotted eagle
Honey buzzard x 4
A few images from me from Kalloni Salt Pans 05-05-24:

Cattle egret
Whimbrel x3
Collared pratincole one of four
 

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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,
If I'm not too late replying, here is a link to the current Lesvos Bird News website, which has a list of birding sites with Google Maps pin drop locations - Best birding sites
 
UPDATE
Note : Late April and early May were characterised by a strong North Westerly wind.
Late April & Early May
4 Pigmy cormorants were present at Kalami Marsh , the last one being noted as present on 17 May.
Only a few reports of Rosey starlings so far with 11 reported on 17/05 at Faneromeni mullberry trees,
with a single at Lotzaria on 18 May, more to come I'm sure.
Spur winged plovers have been long staying at the Tsiknias River and general salt pans area.
Early May was a good month for Rollers with multiple sightings. Duncan having directed us to 3
in the Makara Valley on 13 May.
Sightings Eleonora's Falcon's have been exceptional this May, dark phase in particular.
The same applies to great spotted cuckoo's. I doubt if anyone has dipped this season.
Laughing Doves are now resident at Lautra, Eressos, Petra and Antissa and no doubt elsewhere.
Rare and Scarce Birds:
11 May 2024

Polichnictos Saltpans - Lesser spotted eagle - photo by Mark Cassidy
12 May 2024
Anaxos - Nightjars x 3
Kalloni Salt Pans - Booted eagle
13 May 2024
Christou (East) River - Broad billed sandpiper & Caspian tern
Lardia Valley - Levant sparrow hawk
14 May 2024
Kalloni Salt Pans - Golden eagle ( photographed and seen over Ipsilou)
15 May 2024
Perivoli
Grey wagtail - I mention it as a tribute to the cleaning of the river here over the past 10 years.
17 May 2024
Sigri Cheese Factory - Red breasted flycatcher
Meladia Valley - Collared flycatcher
Faneromeni - Rosey starlings 11
Kalami Marsh - Water rail
18 May 2024
Christou River - Caspian Tern & Dunlin
Metochi - Spur winged plover & little crake
20 May 2024
Molivos - Booted eagle

Sightings as reported on the Lesvos Birders WhatsApp group ( thanks to group admin) and Observation.org
Apologies if I've missed anything important, please feel free to add records.
 

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UP-DATE 27-05-24
Christou River Wetland 27-05-24
Common crane
Visiting birder Colin Gittins discovered a Common crane, on the flooded area adjacent the Aegean Hotel this morning.
Common crane's are scarce visitors to the island, photos with Colin's kind permission.
I understand that it moved on shortly afterwards.
Worth noting that the odd red foot , pratincole, night and squacco herons have been reported this last week.
Still no reports of a mass influx of rosy starlings, though the odd one has been spotted.
 

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A few of my images from the past few weeks:
Roller Coracias garrulus Makara 13-05-24
Godwit Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa & Marsh sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Alykes Wetland 02-05-24
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola Kalloni Salt Pans 05-05-24
Kestrel Lesser kestrel Falco naumanni Sigri 04-05-24
Eastern Orphean warbler Curruca crassirostris Sigri Cheese Factory 04-05-24
Bunting Cirl Bunting Emberiza Cirlus Aghios Taxiarchis 23-04-24
 

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Interesting observation, given that the subject is rare even in Spring:
Parakila Marsh 09-06-24
Baillon's Crake - Zapornia pusilla

Record reported and accepted by admin on Observation.org
 
Interesting observation, given that the subject is rare even in Spring:
Parakila Marsh 09-06-24
Baillon's Crake - Zapornia pusilla

Record reported and accepted by admin on Observation.org
I believe that this record has since been removed, no explanation.
Meantime at Agia Triada (mini soccer pitch) Eucalyptus plantation on 09-06-24
9 scops owls reported, including seven in one tree.
No reason to believe this other than a genuine report.
Some images from our trip, last month.
Species,locations and dates for sightings on actual images.
 

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More trip images April/May 2024
Species and locations on images.
 

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Been a while , but we do have a British Birder on Lesvos , who reports on the Facebook group :
07-07-24 - 37c
Skala Kalloni Pool
Reed warblers singing
Tskinias river
5 Black storks
Kalloni saltpans
6 Little ringed plover in group 3 juvs, Spoonbill & Stone curlew
Kalami marsh
Mallard fem
Kalami pool
Green sand
Mesa coastal pools
4 Black storks
Skala vasilikon
Tawny pipit , 2 juv Red backed shrikes, short toed eagle,3 Shag

03-07-24 Skala Kalloni Harbour
Arctic skua,
mobbing common terns and yellow legged gulls.

Recent highlights from other sources:
from Observation.org, Lesvos :
07-07-24
Pithariou Reservoir (Eressos)

Whiskered tern
Tsiknias River Ford
Bearded reedling
Kingfisher
Persama Reservoir
Slender billed gull
Sardinian warbler
Kavaki
Nightjar

04-07-24 eBird
Varia GR (39.075, 26.584)

Caspian tern
 
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Bird News 09-07-24 seen at the Christou River area.
Obviously an escapee, a zebra finch , Taeniopygia guttata, was photographed and reported on Observation.org this morning
 
I'm looking at lesvos for a family holiday next year and have been in touch with a guide out there, she seems to be incredibly busy during the spring. We don't normally hire a car for holidays but it might be possible to do so for a day or two. How easy would finding birds via ebird and accessing sites independently be?

I've birded in cyprus and romania so I've seen a lot of the local species before but not seen the nuthatches, Cretzchmar or Cinerous bunting, Black eared wheatear or olive tree or eastern bonellis, orphean or subalpine warblers, sombre tit or masked Shrike

I'd also be really after Eastern Festoon and maybe persian squirrel

I wouldn't expect to clean up on targets obviously.
 
I went independently in 2014 Owen and the only species on your list I did not see were Eastern Bonelli's & Olive Tree Warblers. If you have a car and either Steve Dudley's site guide (or presumably ebird) you should have no problem. A great island for birding. Link to my trip report attached in case it is of any use: Lesvos April / May 2014
 
Owene , Presumably you were referring to Eleni ?
I can highly recommend Howard Vaughan as Field guide, he runs a guided tour to Lesvos every Spring.
He may be able to accommodate you for the odd day, you can contact him on his Blueyed Birder website HERE.
Otherwise as Paul says , with Steve Dudley's book you should be able to find your way around.
There a brief site guide on our sister Lesvos Birders website
here.
The Birding Places web site is also worth checking out.
Good luck
 
12 July 2024 - Still very hot - Bird News
Still a few summer breeders about, including a couple of reports of Rufus Bush Chat along Lotzaria, including today.
A CY2 Baltic lesser black backed gull and a Dalmatian pelican were at the Christou River.
 
Thank you everyone, just booked accomodation for next april. will look at the book and guide situation and yes hopefully will have a car. And yes it was Eleni I spoke to. A local birder at home has been talking to me about his experiences on the island and it seems like there are a lot of amazing birds and quite a few birders
 
I went independently in 2014 Owen and the only species on your list I did not see were Eastern Bonelli's & Olive Tree Warblers. If you have a car and either Steve Dudley's site guide (or presumably ebird) you should have no problem. A great island for birding. Link to my trip report attached in case it is of any use: Lesvos April / May 2014

Just read through it, sounds like an amazing week, my dates are very similar to yours and i seem to be staying in a similar place but obviously the last decade may have changed things a bit, sounds like a lot of birders there and so many amazing species, will be glad to reaquaint myself with the ones i've seen before as well as the lifers.
 

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