Early October by the Kalloni Salt Pans

Juvenile Flamingoes becoming secretly pink below the wing!

Autumn is well here with the first real rain on the night of 7/10 and things are much different in the Kalloni Pans- although the rest of wetlands are as dry as in August… The large flocks of Avocets (400+) of September are gone,  herons and egrets making their passage and pelicans to be always around. Here are the most interesting sightings I had there on 7/10 (whole count of the birds present) and 8/10 (Eurobirdwatch 2017 birdwatching event during a sunny morning!):

1 White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) My first for the island! A 2nd winter bird first spotted on 2 /10 (by Ap. Christopoulos), 4/10 (by Jan Bezemer) and seen again on 5/10 (by Lefteris Kakalis) and on 7 and 8/10 (by lucky me!) but also reported on 9/10 (by Petros Tsakmakis).

White-tailed Eagle; Lesvos
White-tailed Eagle going high up in the sunny morning of 8/10.

1 Black Kite (Milvus migrans) in a thermal just above our heads (together with a White Pelican and 2 Black Storks- great to watch!)

c. 50 Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus)- found feeding on insects by Stelios Zannetos in the fields south of the Kalloni Pans (8/10), but had already gone by the time I went there, in the sea and towards Polichnitos!

2 White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), 17 Dalmatian Pelicans (P. crispus)

20 Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia), 7 Black Storks (Ciconia nigra)

63 Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea), 84 Great White Egrets (Egretta alba)

1 Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)- first spotted by Apostolos Christopoulos

12 Slender-billed Gulls (Croicocephalus genei)

4 Stone Curlews (Burhinus oedicnemus)

1 Alpine Swift (Apus melba)

1 Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis), 1 Tawny Pipit (A. pratensis)

78 White Wagtails (Motacilla alba)

White Pelican; Lesvos
White Pelican

At the same time you still find several Wheathears, Whinchats and Barn Swallows around (also had small flocks Common Swifts and singles of of House Martins), together with Willow Warblers and Spotted Flycatchers but only few Red-backed Shrikes.

The new arrivals are Chifchafs, Robins and the flocks (30+ ind.) formed in the plain areas around the pans of: Corn Buntings, Gold and Greenfinches.

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Great White Egrets and Grey Herons. Cormorants at the far end.
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Grey Herons
Alpine Swift;Lesvos
Alpine Swift
Corn Buntings; Lesvos
Corn Buntings
Spotted Flycatcher; Lesvos
Spotted Flycatcher
Greenshank; Lesvos
Black Kite; Lesvos
Black Kite
Kalloni Salt Pans; Lesvos
Fresh salt next to the old one!
White-tailed Eagle; Lesvos
Find the Eagle- landed on ground!

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