March 2018 Spring arrivals!

Isabelline Wheatear (by L. Kakalis)

By the end of this March a good number of spring visitor species of birds were recorded already (data taken from Lesvos Bird News group on Facebook):

White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) on the Kalloni (a pair) and Kerami nests

Dalmatian Pelican (Pelacanus crispus)

Garganey (Anas querquedula)

Ruff (Calidris pugnax) and Green (Tringa ochropus) and Wood Sandpiper (T. glareola)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and Avocet (Recorvirostra avocetta)

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

Glossy Ibiss (Plegadis falcinellus)

Glossy Ibisses (by E. Pavli)
Glossy Ibisses (by E. Pavli)

Little Crake (Porzana porzana)

Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) and Pallid Harrier (Circus macrorous)

Yellow and Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Barn (Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropsis daurica) and House (Delichon urbicum) and Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

Common Swift (Apus apus)

Hoopoe (Upupa epops) and Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Sedge (Acrocephalus scheoniclus) and Sub-alpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans)

Northern (Oenanthe oenanthe), Black-eared (O. hispanica) and Isabelline Wheatears (O. isabellina, a pair at territory, featured photo of this post by L. Kakalis)

Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia)

Cretzsmar's Bunting; Lesvos birds
Cretzshmar’s Bunting (by L. Kakalis)

The guiding season for 2018 begins in a few days!


Mid-March up-date

More migrants have been recorded until the 20th of March: GLOSSY IBISSES first seen on 15/3 by the Kalloni Pans flooded fields (photo by Christ. Samaras) and in Skala Kallonis (by Thekla Koukourouvli) . It was the same day they were also recorded for the first time in Northern Greece coastal wetlands (by Dimitris Kokkinidis, check the Facebook group “About Thrace beyond, birding and more“).

Also, ALPINE and COMMON SWIFTS, together with more Barn Swallows (Kalloni Pans, by Lefteris Kakalis) on 17/3 and, finaly, RUPPELL’S and SUB-ALPINE WARBLERS in Haramida on 20/3 (photo by Petros Tskamakis).

All records posted on Facebook group “Lesvos Bird News“!


First week of March: the first migrants

Spring has come here on Lesvos!

Besides all the Almond trees in blossom we had the first arrivals of migrant birds: Small numbers of House Martins (Delichon urbicum) and Swifts (Apus apus) in the towns, sightings of single Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica). Also a single White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) back to one of the two Kalloni area active nests.

At the wetlands the first flocks of passing waders: 280+ Dunlins, 27 Ruffs and 59 Avocets (all observed at the Kalloni Salt Pans).