April 1st, a half-day trip around Central Lesvos

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I am posting some reports of the trips I had back in Spring. Special days with interesting birds or/and in different areas just to give you an impression of the wonderful birds of Lesvos for Spring 2019.

The meeting point with Beatrice C. and her friends was the Messa wetland and we saw different birds there when we started our day and again when we finished it!

We visited the nearby pine forest for the nesting KRUPER’S NUTHATCH where we had really beautiful views of the male visiting the nest to take care of his incubating partner.

Later on, we visited the coastal wetlands of the northern Kalloni Gulf and we had together a very interesting list of migrant and summer visitor species: Black Stork, DALMATIAN PELICANS, GLOSSY IBISES, Flamingos, Black-tailed Godwits and Ruffs, MARSH SANDPIPERS, Black-winged Stilts, OSPREY, Black-headed Yellow Wagtails, many passing Common Swifts etc

Here are some photos of the birds we found:

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Kruper’s Nuthatch (Sitta krueperi)
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Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)- on the right- and Ruffs (Calidris pugnax)
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Marsh Sandpipers (Tringa stagnatilis)
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Well-covered but really close Glossy Ibises (Plegadis falcinellus)
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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) with prey avoiding a Yellow-Legged Gull (Larus michahellis) that went after the big fish!
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Common Swifts (Apus apus) were clearly making a passage on that day. We were seeing flocks of 20-100 birds moving through all morning.