2 and 3 May, various areas in Central Lesvos

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PHOTO 1: Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)

ENIA KAMARES (Christou)- 2 May

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo), lucky to see this bird on one more visitt…


1 Cuckoo (Cucuclus canorus), female of brown morph

4 Alpine Swifts (Apus melba)

2 Golden Orioles (Oriolus oriolus)

1 Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus medius)

1 Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca), 1 Eastern Orphean Warbler (S. crassirostris)

3 Sombre Tits (Poecile lugubris)

2 Masked Shrikes (Lanius nubicus), 8 Red-backed Shrikes (L. collurio)

1 Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

2 Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo)

1 Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)

Also several Sub-alpine Warblers, Cirl Buntings, Turtle Doves, Black-eared Wheathears, Ravens etc.


2 Black Storks (Ciconia nigra)

2 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)

8 Collared Pratincoles (Glareola pratincola)

4 Little Stints (Calidris minuta), 9 Temminck’s Stints (C. temminckii)

1 Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis), 40+ Wood Sandpipers (T. glareola)

60+ Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)

35+ White-winged Black Terns (Chlidonias leucopterus)

6 Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybrida)

3 Short-toed Larks (Caladrella brachydactyla)

5 Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava feldeg)

1 Rufous Bush Robin (Cercotrichas gallactotes), in the track between the Kalloni Pans and Tsiknias

Also Flamingos, Black-winged Stilts, Avocets, Common and Little Terns and several Little White Egrets and Pallid Warblers and and Black-headed Buntings singing from every second bush etc.


2 Kruper’s Nuthatches (Sitta krueperi)

1 Goshawk (Acipiter gentilis), an adult male

1 Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

FILIA- 3 May

1 Marsh Harrier (Circus aeroginosus)

1 Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae)

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PHOTO 2: Rufous Bush Robin (Cercotrichas gallactotes)- distant photo of this very beautiful late, summer visitor.

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  1. Hi Eleni here are some notes for early May.

    The lack of hirundines in the sky tells us that there is little visible movement. The summer residents are well established – black- headed buntings, olivaceous warblers, turtle doves and, on the salt pans, common terns. Today there are 2 temmincks stints, 100 little stints, 24 curlew sandpipers 8 ringed plovers and a scattering of ruffs and wood sands. Additionally there is a purple heron, a little bittern, a squacco and perhaps half a dozen red backed shrikes. There was a white winged black tern on May 1 Bee-eaters are passing over high with small parties occasionally feeding in the fields. Butterflies are starting to emerge with good numbers of Maniola telemessa today. On April 30 I took a field trip to Moni Ipsilou. Cuckoo, rufous bush chat , orphan warbler and sombrero tit by the army camp. A splendid diplaying isabelline wheatear at the base of the hill which, because of the slope was at eye level to the viewer


    John Sent from my iPad


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