I went around Western Lesvos on March 10 together with Lefteris Kakalis on a full-day trip we enjoyed greatly: perfect weather and very first spring migrant sightings!

Our favourite sighting of the day was to find a male and female ISABELLINE WHEATEAR (Oenanthe isabellina) displaying at their territory-we spent much time at the spot enjoying a pair of SOMBRE TITS (Poecile lugubris) building their nest. At the end of the day we were able to spring-tick all three species of Wheatears that breed on Lesvos, spotting single males of Northern and Black-eared Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe, O. hispanica).

We also found two different males of SUB-ALPINE WARBLER (Sylvia cantillans) singing at their territories and a sinlge male BLACK-HEADEAD WAGTAIL (Motacilla flava feldeg). Tsicliontas River mouth (river between Sigri and Eressos) gave 1 passing immature DALMATIAN PELICAN (Pelecanus crispus) together with two WHITE STORKS (Ciconia ciconia) coming out of the sea and circling high up to gain height above us.

We were able to find 62 different bird species- find the bird list of the day here.

Sombre Tit; Lesvos
Sombre Tit foraging on buds
Rhododentrum luteum; Lesvos
Rhododendrum luteum already in blossom
Archon apollinus
Female False Apollo (Archon apollinus)