PHOTO 1: Red-backed Shrikes (Lanius collurio), mostly males,very numerous these days.

Medium to very strong wind on both days… Although birding seemed impossible, several nice bird were observed. Numerous Red-backed Shrikes (Lanius collurio) and, to a lesser extend, Black-headed Buntings (Emberiza melanocephala). Hirundines and Swifts making a passage, too:

ERESSOS TO SIGRI track (fixed and drivable by now!):

4 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea)

1 Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

1 Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)- Tsichliontas coast

3 White-winged Black Terns (Chlidonias leucopterus)- Sanatorium

2 Alpine Swifts (Apus melba)

4 Rollers (Coracias garrulus)

5 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)

1 Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) being mobbed by 3 different species of birds!

30+ Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava, mostly feldegg)

2 Orphean Warblers (Sylvia crassirostris)

2 Collared Flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis), 4 Spotted Flycatchers (Muscicapa striata)

6+ Rock Nuthaches (Sitta neumayer) together in a family part and also heard in 2-3 more sites

2 Masked Shrikes (Lanius nubicus), 5+ Lesser Grey Shrikes (L. minor), 2 Whinchat Shrikes (L. serrator)

1 Little Owl (Athene noctua) providing small rodents to its nest!

2 Lesser Kestrels (Falco naummani), 1 Peregrine Falcon (F. peregrinus)

1 Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)

1 Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), 2 Buzzards (Buteo buteo)

1 Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)

PHOTO 2: Small flocks of Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) by now seen in several areas.


2 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea) 

5 Little White Egrets (Egretta garzetta), 3 Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus)

2 Collared Pranticoles (Glareola pratincola)- by R. Muynch

2 Rollers (Coracias garrulus)

8 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)

15+ Wood Sandpipers (Tringa glareola), 8 Little Stints (Calidris minuta)

24 Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)

18 White-winged Black Terns (Chlidonias leucopterus)

1 Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus), a young female

2 Lesser Kestrels (Falco naummani)

25+ Rock Doves (Columba livia)

1 Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)

3 Spotted Flycatchers (Muscicapa striata)

2 Whinchat Shrikes (Lanius serrator), 6+ Lesser Grey Shrikes (L. minor)

PHOTO 3: A Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) at Faneromeni.
PHOTO 4: White-winged Black Terns (Chlidonias leucopterus) just in, resting and trying to sit still against the strong North wind, at Faneromeni estuary, together with the ever-present Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea).
PHOTO 5: Only a small part of the Faneromeni coastal pool still there, with Ruffs, Little Stints and Wood Sandpipers.