PHOTO 1: Little (Calidris minuta) and Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) in the canal by the sewage treatment unit (SW corner of the Kalloni Pans).

Fair but windy weather these days. Swifts and hirundines (also Sand Martins) are making a notable passage but also Black-headed Buntings are seen in small flocks. The first day with only a few Ruffs and Wood Sandpipers around… not to mention the back to “normal” numbers of Red-backed Shrikes.

KAVAKI (between Petra and Molivos)

2 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea)- landed by the shore cliff!

15 Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)- flew over at medium height

50+ Swifts (Apus apus) – passing in several small flocks

2+ Ruppel’s Warblers (Sylvia rueppelli)- male and female providing to nest

2+ Sub-alpine Warblers (Sylvia cantillans)- male and female providing to nest

1 Orphean Warbler (Sylvia crassirostris)- a male, foraging

1 Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)- a male singing out in the open for some time

1 Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris) – flying in front of the shore cliff

1 Blue Rock Thrush- a male by the shore cliff


6 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea)

1 Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficolis)

1 Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

100+ Yellow Legged Gulls (Larus michahellis)

5+ Sub-alpine Warblers (Sylvia cantillans)- among them one pair providing to its nest

1 Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), 1 Marsh Harrier (Circus aeroginosus)


Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)- a very bold singing male

Little Owl (Athene noctua)- by the barn SW of the ford

PHOTO 2: White-winged Black Terns (Chlidonias leucopterus)
PHOTO 2: White-winged Black Terns (Chlidonias leucopterus)


Corner pool above the main road nearly dry by now. All Black-winged Stilt nests abandoned and new nests are now by the Salt Pans’ canal (mainly on islet there).

8 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea)

1 Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)

2 Little Ringed Plovers (Charadrius dubius), 4 Kentish Plovers (Ch. alexandrinus)

1 Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

2 Temminck Stints (Calidris temminckii), 10+ Little Stints (C. minuta)

1 Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), 3 Wood Sandpipers (Tringa glareola)

1 Gull-billed Tern (Gelohelidon niloticus)

24 White-winged Terns (Chlidonias leucopterus), 1 Whiskered Tern (Ch. hybrida)

3 Yellow wagtails (Motacilla flava feldegg)

Also Flamingos, Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, Common and Little Terns. Black-headed Buntings and Olivaceus Warblers easy to hear/find.


2 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea), 1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

1 Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), 1 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

8 Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus)

MESSA -rest of area

2 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea)

2 Great White Egrets (Casmerodius albus), 1 Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)