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Lesvos Bird Reports 2017 (1 Viewer)

More raptor images from last months migration.

Images taken during the first 2 weeks of September 2017
 

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27 October 2017 - Haramida

27 October 2017 - Haramida Marsh
A short report from local birder Stylianos Zannetos:
Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) female 1
Common buzzard 1
Great white egret (ardea alba) 18
Little egret (Egretta garzetta) 1
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
 
28th October 2017 - Haramida

28 October 2017 - Haramida Marsh
Another short report from local birder Stylianos Zannetos:
12 Grey herons,
1 Great Egret,
2 Cormorant,
3 Sparrowhawk,
2 Common buzzard,
1 Common kestrel
 
Early November

05/06 November 2017
Not much news being posted at the moment.
The most recent reports are for photographed common endemic and wintering birds at Kalloni Salt Pans, including great white egret, crested lark,corn bunting, greenshank and black headed gull.
No numbers stated.
The Krüper's nuthatch (Sitta krueperi) has been photographed at Achladeri this morning.
 
Kalloni Salt Pans Merlin

3rd November 2017 Kalloni Salt Pans
Lefteris Kakalis found and photographed the Merlin below.
See here for more Lesvos Bird News
4th November 2017 Kalloni Salt Pans
Other News from Observation.org at Kalloni SP 04/11/17
500 Greater Flamingo
3 Black Stork
1 Spoonbill
50 Great Egret
100 Grey Heron
21 Dalmatian Pelican
1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk
5 Common Redshank
1 Eurasian Curlew
2 Slender-billed Gull
 

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13 November 2017 Stunning Find

A stunning find and photograph by Vic Duncombe this morning at ipsilou.
Probably a first for Lesvos.
Photo by permission of Vic.
Alpine Accentor, Prunella collaris,
13-11-17.copyright Vic Duncombe
 

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Alpine Accentor, Prunella collaris, 13-11-17.

Wow. Any idea where?[/QUOTE
Reply from Vic]

"As you drive up the mountain there is a sharp right hand turn into the carpark just before the road stops. It was on the rocks about 5 meters up right at the turn on the northern side of the mountain."
 
Wed 22nd November 2017 - Kalloni Salt Pans

Local observer Lesfteris Kakalis, has reported 60 species today at Kalloni Salt Pans,see here:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40656459
Highlights include:
6 dalmatian pelicans, 2 Black throated diver,7 Black-necked grebe,3 spoonbill, 2 golden plover, 10 grey plover, 2 lapwing,13 curlew, 82 dunlin, 11 slender billed gull, 3 black redstart, 26 meadow pipit, 25 common starling, 4 reed bunting and 110 skylark.

Of course many of the above are winter visitors and not commonly seen by the majority of spring birdwatchers.

Lesvos Bird News
 

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Sunday 3rd December Kalloni Salt Pans

Local observer Lesfteris Kakalis, has reported 38 species today at Kalloni Salt Pans,see here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40877434?share=true
Highlights include:
800 greater flamingo
20 Eurasian spoonbill
9 Dalmatian pelican
2 Marsh Harrier
1 Black kite
1 Long-legged buzzard
2 Common kestrel
1 Merlin
10 Curlew
6 grey plover
1 Lapwing
200 Dunlin
20 Slender-billed gull
7 Common starling
20 Meadow pipit
70 Wigeon
39 Pintail
 
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Just a short note to wish everyone who views this , a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sadly not much being reported at the moment.
Thanks for viewing.
Mick
 
The first snows fell on the mountains of Lesvos over the past few days, unfortunately it didn't bring with it any rare bird reports. Merry Christmas all.
 
White-Headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala 26/12/17

Smashing boxing day find.
Eleni Galinou , of Lesvos Bird News, found a White-Headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) at the mouth of the Tsknias River on boxing day 26/12/17.
As far as I can tell, the only previous record on Lesvos, was of a bird shot in Dec 1991.
Also found was a red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)
Photos by kind permission of Eleni Galinou.

The HELLENIC RARITIES COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT 2016 has been published.
This includes some Lesvos Records, click here if you are interested.
 

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Skala Kalloni Salt Pans area 23/12/17

Complete checklist of birds spotted by Eleni Galinou on 23rd Dec HERE
Highlights include:

Eurasian Wigeon 23
Northern Pintail 16
Green-winged Teal 253
Black Eared Grebe 4
Greater Flamingo 1240
Dalmatian Pelican 8
Lapwing 35
Curlew 11
Dunlin 36
Little stint 6
Slender-billed gull 1
Skylark 32
Black redstart 3
Hawfinch 2

26/12/17 additional sighting at Kalloni SP
24 Slender-billed Gulls
 
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Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 29/12/17

Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 29/12/17 Skala Kalloni (fields)
A great find to end a year of Birding on Lesvos.
Local widlife enthusiast , Giorgis Laskaridis, has photographed a Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) on 29th December 2017.
at fields near Skala Kalloni .
This rare sighting for Lesvos, was first reported on Lesvos Bird News, early this morning.
A very Happy New Year to anyone who has taken the time to view this thread in 2017.
Lesvos remains a top European destination for both birding and enjoying as a holiday destination.
If you are thinking of going, take the plunge and book now for 2018.
It is a safe friendly island, easily navigated with the indispensable assistance of Steve Dudley's , A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos , still available from Amazon books, here.
For broader interests, such as : botany, insects, reptiles , birds, walks and tours I would also recommend the Crossbill Guide to Lesvos
which is a more recent publication, also available from Amazon here.
 

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03 Nov 2017 Kalloni Hawfinch

A late 2017 entry.
The Hawfinch below was unfortunately the victim of a window collision.
Aspasia Koulmandas who photographed the bird believes that it soon recovered.
Not often seen on Lesvos , though they are thought to winter theren in small flocks. I thought it worth a post.
 

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