Beginning of May 2016, full-day trip around WESTERN LESVOS

Roller; Lesvos

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.

 

Mid- April 2016, half-day trip around WESTERN LESVOS

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

Beginning of April 2016, half-day trip around WESTERN LESVOS

Hoopoe; Lesvos

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).

Beginning of April report- do not wait until May!

Cretzschmar's Bunting

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

Mid-April 2015, guided birding around WESTERN Lesvos

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola); Lesvos

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.

Mid- April 2015, guided birding around WESTERN Lesvos

Bird photography on Lesvos

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!