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Lesvos Bird Reports 2017 (1 Viewer)

Mick Sway

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OK 2016 had over 7000 views so it's debatable whether it's worth while, that being said I'll carry on reporting Lesvos Bird news into 2017 .
The main source off breeding season will be Lesvos Bird News run by Eleni Galinou on Facebook - click on the link to subscribe.

A good start to 2017 with a Whooper Swan and Red fronted goose.
Eleni reported from Kalloni Salt Pans today 41 different species including: 1
a great record of Whooper Swan, 1 Red-fronted Goose, common kestrel, curlew, and Widgeon.
Apparently the weather warmed up a little to-day.

Happy New Year to all B :):t::king::-O
 
Report from 04/01/17 - Wryneck

Report by Kalloni Environmental Information Centre 04/01/17
During a birdwatching event touring the general Skala Kalloni area yesterday,the following were reported:
Skala Kalloni coast/ Skala Kalloni Marsh (pool) :
4 Black-necked Grebes
1 Slender-billed Gull and several Coots.
Channel near the Environmental Centre
3 Kingfishers
1 Wryneck (photographed by the team,see below)

Credit to Eleni Galinou
 

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07/01/17 A snow covering at many locations on Lesvos

The harsh weather continues to bring in a few scarce visitors to Lesvos.
Vaggelis Spatharis reports two Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) at Charamida today. These birds are rarely reported on Lesvos .
Recorded as follows in Steve Dudley's Annual Bird Reports:
"Present in Small numbers Oct - March
One record (accepted by LBRC):
Fem at Polichnitos Saltpans 30 Nov (photo: T Robinson).
One reported from Polichnitos Saltpans 2 Jan was not submitted to LBRC.
Most recent records as detailed in Lesvos Birds 2009 :
2009
1 Tsiknias River 1 Jan 2009
1998
4 Agiasos 21 Dec and 1 Petra 24 Dec "
Photos by kind permission of Vaggelis Spatharis .
 

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Extreme freezing weather continues.

Vaggelis Spatharis reports 5 Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) now at Charamida
08/01/17 along with a woodcock (photo below).
A wintering Slender billed Gull and a large flock of Lapwings have also been reported elsewhere.
See Lesvos Bird News on Facebook for more news.
 

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Over the past few days 9-11 Jan 2017, following one of the largest snow falls for many years,there have been reports on Lesvos Bird News of a large movement of flocks of skylark and wood lark , along the west coast.
 
15 January 2017 - 7 Whooper Swans

15 January 2017
7 Whooper Swans cygnus cygnus, 5 adults and 2 sub adults.
at Megali Limni

Photo credit local photographer Michael Bakas 15/01/17
 

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16 January 2016 Mute Swans

10 mute swans reported and photographed, yesterday by Giorgis Laskaridis.
Gulf of Kalloni.
Problems arrising from the hunting season persist.
For dialy up dates see here.
 
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18 Jan 2017 - 5 stock doves

A local birder reported.
Five Stock doves (Columba oenas) seen at Kalloni Saltpans, Alykes wetlands on 18/01/17.
 
2 smew at Kalloni Salt Pans/Alikes Wetland

Short video clip below, including 2 smew viewed from the bridge at the back of the Kalloni Salt Works, last weekend.
Eleni Galinou ran a bird watching day from Kalloni Environmental Centre.
click on the link below:
The world of Lesvos winter birds
 
Gulls 26/01/17

A build up of med and black headed gulls was reported on 26/01/17, at the Gulf of Gera
 
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Mick,
Please keep your posts going though it must be difficult at times and replies infrequent. There is always hope and in time Lesvos and it's people will recover, so to, the displaced humans. I hope to visit this year as it's been a few years since I was last there.
Best wishes, Pat
 
Lesvos

Mick,
Please keep your posts going though it must be difficult at times and replies infrequent. There is always hope and in time Lesvos and it's people will recover, so to, the displaced humans. I hope to visit this year as it's been a few years since I was last there.
Best wishes, Pat

Thank you Pat. :t:
 
Lesvos Refugee crisis

Hi, thanks for these regular updates!

I question regarding the general situation on the island: is this information, written a year ago (http://lesvosbirding.com/2016/01/25/support-lesvos-tourism-2016/) still largely valid, or are there any significant changes of the situation?

Thanks, Florian

In all honesty even at it's peak, the refugee/migrant situation did not affect us during our holidays on the island in 2015 and 2016. However some friends staying at Molivos (one of the closest points to Turkey) said that business there suffered as a result of migrant reception in the small harbour.
Scare stories in the European papers and National TV News sadly destroyed the market for tourism in this part of the Aegean with many operators and flights being pulled.
Thomas Cook withdrew many flights and in 2017 are not commencing flights until 6th May, which is not much use from a birding point of view.
The reality is that problems do persist in the refugee camps and although migrants are still arriving, we are told that they are on a much smaller scale.
We didn't see any ourselves in May 2016.
There are some updates on line
Here:
http://greece.greekreporter.com/201...camps-saying-islands-need-regulation-of-npos/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/concern-spate-deaths-greek-refugee-camps-170130180746859.html

I have no doubt that anyone visiting Lesvos this year will receive the warmest of welcomes from the islanders.
 
Starling Murmuration at Larso 11/02/17

Photos of huge murmuration of Starlings as captured by Ellada Valerie at Larso 11/02/17 (below).
Unusual for such numbers to be seen on Lesvos, I think.
More updates on Lesvos Bird News here!
 

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Hawfinch , Agia Paraskevi 11/02/17

Not a great rarity but seldom seen on Lesvos,local Environmental and Conservationist,Eleni Galinou found the Hawfinch below at Agia Paraskevi on 11/02/17.
For more of Eleni's sightings , see here!
 

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Black Knecked Grebe's 16/01/17

Black necked grebe, (Podiceps nigricollis) seen and photographed by Giorgis Laskaridis, at "Kalloni Bay"16/01/17
 
Spoonbill Kalloni Salt Pans 19/05/17

Local enthusiast Ellada Valerie photographed this Spoonbill, Kalloni Salt Pans today.
 

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