Beginning of May, half-day trip around Central Lesvos

A fine half-day trip around Agia Paraskevi, with Rex and Hanneke, walking among pasture land and olive-groves. Here are the high-lights: a pair of ROCK NUTHATCHES providing to their nest, MASKED SHRIKES, Red-backed and Woodchat Shrikes, Turtle Doves, SOMBRE TITS, Little Owl, Peregrine Falcon, LONG-LEGGED BUZZARDS, a SHORT-TOED EAGLE resting on a small tree (!), Bee-eaters, several HOOPOES, Middle Spotted Woodpecker etc. Oh, and Persian Scuirrels!

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Poecilimon mytilenensis: a basic food for most passerine nest providers!

Mid-April, half-day trip around Southern Lesvos

Together with Wouter and Luise, we visited the East side of the Kalloni Gulf : coastal wetlands, pine forest and olive-groves and agricultural land by Polichnitos. A day full of passing hirundines and swifts with 1st sightings of some bird species for this Spring! We had: KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, Turtle Doves, 2 PALLID HARRIERS, Ruddy Shelducks, Ruffs, Wood Sandpipers, Kentish Plovers, Black Stork, Glossy Ibisses, WHISKERED and BLACK TERNS, MASKED and WOODCHAT SHRIKES, lots of SPANISH SPARROWS etc.

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Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra) on the move!

Mid-April, half-day trip around Central Lesvos

Phillippe and Pascale had already been on Lesvos for a week and had seen nearly all of the island’s specialties. Our day’s targets were the MASKED SHRIKE and EASTERN ORPHEAN WARBLER. Also the Isabelline Wheather and some wild flower species. I chose a route including the birds’s prefered habitats, around Agia Paraskevi and later Agra and we got our targets within the first one hour having the rest of the trip to also enjoy some good birds (and plants!): Turtle Doves, 2 GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOOS, Purple Herons, Little Owl, Woodchat Shrikes, SOMBRE TIT, Woodlark, Subalpine Warblers, WESTERN ROCK NUTHATCH, CINEREOUS, ORTOLAN, CRETZSCHMAR’S and Cirl Buntings, etc.

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Mid-April , afternoon half-day trip around Central Lesvos

Beatrice C. (a novice birder) had a tight program on the island so I had to create this taylor-made afternoon trip to some wetlands of the north coast of the Kalloni Gulf and pasture land near Agia Paraskevi. We had Ruddy Shelducks, GLOSSY IBISSES, Flamingos, PURPLE HERON, Spoonbills, Black Storks, SQUACCO HERONS, Ruffs, Wood and MARSH SANDPIPERS, WOODCHAT SHRIKES, SOMBRE TIT, SPANISH SPARROWSetc.

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A Sombre Tit, processing its food!

End of September, half-day trips around Central Lesvos

Red-backed Shrike; Lesvos

The highlights of 2 half-day (27 and 28/9, 08:00-14:00) guided birding and BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY trips around Kalloni, Molivos and the wetlands of the North coast of the Kalloni Gulf were:

DALMATIAN and WHITE PELICAN, LONG-LEGGED BUZZARDS, Sombre Tits, KRUPER’S NUTHATCHES and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers,  Rock Nuthatches, dozens of RED-BACKED SHRIKES, WHINCHATS and Willow Warblers, and of course Flamingoes, Black Storks, Ruddy Shelducks, Spoonbills etc.

(photo © El. Kakalis)

End of May 2016, half-day trip around CENTRAL LESVOS

Rose-coloured Starling; Lesvos

The highlights of this half-day (07:30-13:30) guided birding and BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY trip around Agia Paraskevi, Kalloni and the wetlands of the North coast of the Kalloni Gulf were:

ELEONORA’S FALCONS, Scops Owls, Squacco Heron, BLACK TERN, Bee-eaters, family parties of Hoopoes, Sombre Tits and Middle spotted Woodpeckers, singing males RUFOUS BUSH ROBINS, Black-eared Wheathears, EASTERN ORPHEAN and SUBALPINE WARBLERS, Rock Nuthatches, MASKED SHRIKES, ROSE-COLOURED STARLINGS, several Black-headed Buntings and of course Flamingoes, Black Storks, Ruddy Shelducks, Black-winged Stilts etc.

(photo © Vic Duncombe)


Beginning of May 2016, half-day around CENTRAL LESVOS

Hoopoe; Lesvos

The highlights of this half-day (08:30-14:30) guided birding trip around AGIA PARASKEVI:

RED-FOOTED and ELEONORA’S FALCONS, Little Owl, Hoopoes, Bee-eaters, Alpine Swift, Sub-alpine Warblers, Sombre Tits, Masked, Lesser Grey, Red-backed and Woodchat Shrikes, Rock Nuthatch, Golden Oriole etc.

Birding at Molivos reservoir

Birdwatching; Lesvos; Molivos reservoir

Field trip with students of the Petra High School at the Molivos reservoir for birdwatching (2/3).
We had a great time birding with: 7 RUDDY SHELDUCKS, 65 MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, 14 LITTLE GREBES, 1 BLACK-HEADED GREBE (in full summer plumage!) etc. and beautiful Molivos at the background!

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End of November 2015, half-day trip around CENTRAL LESVOS

Common Buzzard; Lesvos

A HALF-DAY TRIP around the north parts of the Kalloni Gulf coast (24/11) gave us good view of 7 RAPTOR species: 4 Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo), 1 Long-legged Buzzard (B. rufinus), 2 Hen Harriers (Circus cyaneus), 2 Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), 1 Kestrel (F. tinnunculus) and… a late/lost SHORT-TOED EAGLE!

We also had: Rock Nuthatch, Cirl Bunting, SARDINIAN WARBLER (overwintering birds around every second corner!) , Fan-tailed Warbler, DALMATIAN and WHITE PELICANS, Black Stork, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Great White Egret, Slender-billed Gull etc

Mid-April 2015, guided birding trip around CENTRAL Lesvos

Here are the highlights of this day’s HALF-DAY guided BIRDING trip around the east and north coast of the Kalloni Gulf and Mikri Limni Pine forest:

Glossy Ibis, Black Storks, Great White Egrets, Flamingos, Ruddy Shelducks, Garganeys, Marsh and Wood Sandpipers, Spotted Redshanks, Black-winged Stilts, GULL-BILLED TERNS, Zitting Cisticola’s and GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO. Kruper’sNuthatch (of course!).