A very warm sunny day with moderate intensity wind towards the afternoon.
The highlights of this full-day (08:30-19:30) guided birding trip around ERESSOS, SIGRI and ANTISSA areas were:
ELEONORA’S FALCONS, LESSER KESTREL, Little Bitterns, Bittern, Yelkouan Shearwaters, Rock Dove, Little Owls, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, ROLLER, Bee-eaters, Red-rumped Swallows (at mid-day roost!), CITRINE WAGTAIL (a female), RUFOUS BUSH ROBINS, ISABELLINE and Black-eared Wheathears, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Olivaceous Warblers, RED-BREASTED FLYCACHER, many BLACK-HEADED BUNTINGS etc and of course CRETZSHMAR’S and CINEREOUS BUNTINGS.
The highlights of this half-day (08:30-14:30) guided birding trip around ERESSOS and AGRA:
Purple and Squacco Herons, Little Owl, Red-rumped Swallows, Isabelline and Black-eared Wheathears, Sub-alpine Warbler, Sombre Tit, Masked and Woodchat Shrikes, Cinereous and Cretzschmar’s Buntings, Rock Sparrow etc
The highlights of this half-day (08:30-14:30) guided birding trip around ERESSOS, with Hilary R. were:
CINEREOUS, CRETZSCHMAR’S and Cirl Buntings, Black-eared and Isabelline Wheathears, Collared and Pied Flycatcher, Spanish Sparrows, Red-rumped Swallows, EASTERN ORPHEAN WARBLERS, Tawny and Tree Pipits, Western Rock Nuthatch, GOLDEN ORIOLE, Little Owl, LESSER KESTRELS, Long-legged Buzzards and more!
We saw the 1st fledgling Stonechat of this year’s Spring! Also several resident bird species providing to their young (Corn Bunting, Crested Larks etc).
Here is a 2-morning birding report by L. Kakalis and L. Grimbilakou, at the very begining of April (2 & 3/4) with sightings (and photos!) of some of Lesvos most wanted species: KRUPER’S NUTHATCH, CINEREOUS and CRETZSCHMAR’S BUNTINGS, RUPPELL’S WARBLER, ISABELLLINE WHEATHEAR, MASKED SHRIKE and more!
photo ©: Lina Grimbilakou
02 & 03 April, a weekend’s birding
The highlights of this BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY half-day (08:30-14:30) guided birding trip around VATOUSA, IPSILOU MONASTERY and SIGRI:
Cinereous and Cretzschmar’s Buntings, Isabelline and Black-eared Wheathears, Rock Sparrow, Crag Martin, Blue Rock Thrush, Yellow Wagtails (3 races), Red-rumped Swallows, Masked and Whinchat Shrikes, Little Owl, Purple Herons, Rudy Shelducks and CITRINE WAGTAIL, again.
The highlights of this half-day BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY trip (08:30-14:30) around IPSILOU MONASTERY and SIGRI, with Theo and Annelis from Holland:
Cinereous and Cretzschmar’s Buntings, Isabelline, Black-eared and Northern Wheathears, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Nuthatch, Collared Flycatchers, Redstars, Whinchat Shrikes, Spanish Sparrows, Red-rumped Swallows, Purple and Night Herons, Glossy Ibisses, Ruddy Shelducks and… CITRINE WAGTAIL!