Was around the northern coastal wetlands of the Kalloni Gulf (Tsiknias to Messa) all morning yesterday- together with Stelios Zannetos- and had some very interesting bird sightings the highlights of which were:

MESSA:

1 Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

KALLONI SALT PANS:

10 Avocets (Recurvirostra avocetta)

1 White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

2 Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus)

11 Yellow wagtails (Motacilla flava, mostly M.f.feldeg subspecies and singles of M.f.xanthophrys and M.f. superciliaris)

6 Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica)

20 House Martins (Delichon urbicum)

CICIC 20 Mar 2019 Kalloni Pans

KALLONI GULF SEA

30 Yelkouan Shearwaters (Puffinus yelkuan)

200+ Garganeys (Anas querquedula)

55+ Ferruginous Ducks (Aythya nyroca)

AYNYR 20 MAr 2019 Kalloni Gulf
Ferruginous Ducks

The resident birds’ species are in full breeding mode (Crested Larks, Corn Buntings, Black Birds, Tits, Chaffinches) but we are clearly missing the visiting breeders- except the House Martins that are well back in their nests on the buildings above the Kalloni Pans!

TEGRAE 20 Mar 2019 Kalloni Pans
Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca)