Crested Honey Buzzard Stelios ZannetosWith only a few (4?)  previous records for Europe, a possible CRESTED (ORIENTAL) HONEY BUZZARD (Pernis ptilorhynchus), was spotted and photographed yesterday (2/5) by STELIOS ZANNETOS, a local avid birder -while performing his rodent surveying!!- just outside Mitilini (to the North, towards Alifanta village).

Six visible fingers, profound tail bands, absence of dark carpal, together with the face pattern lead most of reviewers (Lesvos Bird New Facebook group) to id it as an adult male bird with further investigation needed to whether it could be a hybrid with the European HB.

The Greek Rarities Commitee has received a report yesterday already.

Crested Honey Buzzard Stelios Zannetos