Birdwatching on Lesbos (North Aegean, Greece)

April 25–May 05, 2014

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
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Trip Reports

 

   

Species List

 
 
Introduction

From April 25  ̶  May 05, 2013 I spent 11 days on Lesbos (Northern Aegean, Greece). During this time I visited many of the well known birdwatching places of the island.

Itinerary
April 25, 2014
: Flight with Aegean Airlines from Berlin Tegel to Athens. Arrival on the airport at 13:50 (local time). After a connecting flight  arrival in Mytiliní on Lesbos at 17:15. Drive with a rented car from Mytiliní to Skála Kallonís. Arrival at the Hotel Arísvi at 20:20. Accommodation in this hotel for the next 10 nights.
April 26, 2014: Drive from Skála Kallonís to Kalloní and then to the Christoú River and the Potamiá Valley. Birdwatching at the bridge over the Christoú River west from Skála Kallonís and in the Potamiá Valley up to the weir.
April 27, 2014: Drive from Skála Kallonís along the Tsikniás River to the Kalloní Saltpans. Birdwatching until the afternoon.
April 28, 2014: Drive from Skála Kallonís to Kalloní and the Raptor Watch Point at the road to Pétra. In the afternoon back to Skála Kallonís via Metochi Lake and Patomiá Reservoir. Birdwatching at the Christoú River, the Mini Soccer Pitch, the Raptor Watch Point, the Metóchi Lake and the Potamiá Reservoir.
April 29, 2014: Drive from Skála Kallonís to Kalloní, the Mini Soccer Pitch and the Raptor Watch Point. Thereafter drive to the Ipsiloú Monastery.

April 30, 2014: Drive from Skála Kallonís to Agía Paraskeví via Kalloní. Birdwatching in the Nápi Valley and in the afternoon in the Kalloní Saltpans.
May 01, 2014: Birdwatching at the Christoú River, in the Parákoila Wetland, around the Chapel Ághios Ioánnis, in Athíkes, and in the surroundings of Makára.
May 02, 2014: Drive from Skála Kallonís in northern direction via Kalloní and Pétra to Mólivos. Birdwatching at the Christoú River, the Mini Soccer Pitch, the Raptor Watch Point and the road between Pétra and Mólivos.
May 03, 2014: Again drive from Skála Kallonís in northern direction to Mólivos. Birdwatching at the same places as the day before, but in addition visit of the castle of Mólivos and its surroundings.
May 04, 2014: Drive from Skála Kallonís along the east coast of the Gulf of Kalloní via Mésa and the Vouváris River Mouth to the Polichnítos Saltpans.
May 05, 2014: In the morning drive from Skála Kallonís via Kalloní to the Airport of Mytiliní. Flight with Aegean Airlines via Athens back to Berlin Tegel.

Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken by a Canon EOS 1D Mark III in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 600 mm, f/4L IS USM and the Extender EF 2x II. Some of the photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix G3 with the telephoto lens Lumix G Vario 1:4.0-5.6/100-300 mm.

Field guides and other ornithological literature used

Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book corresponds to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
Steve Dudley, A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos, revised reprint 2010, Arlequin Press (www.arleqinpress.com)


Links to Birding on Lesbos (Greece)
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/greece_lesvos_migration_island.html


Excursions

26.04.2014, 10:00-10:30
Skála Kallonís, pool,
Lesbos (Greece)
19 °C, overcast.
The Skála Kallonís Pool is situated at the western side of Skála Kallonís, north of the road along the beach. The area did not have free water expanses, it was fully overgrown from grass and reed. – The following bird species were observed.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
10 (at least, not counted). These birds could be heared everywhere.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least, not counted), flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
2, singing.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10, on grassland (already yesterday in the evening).

 

P105-0464, P105-0465, and P105-0466
The overgrown pool of Skála Kallonís, Lesbos (Greece)
(26.04.2014)

26.04.2014, 10:30-11:30
Kalloní, town centre, Lesbos (Greece)
20 °C, changeable.
The following bird species were observed in the town centre of Kalloní.

White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, on a nest on a post in the main street.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, near the orthodox church.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
20 (at least). These birds could be heared everywhere.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20, breeding under roofs of houses in the main street.

 

P105-0467, P105-0468, and P105-0470
Town centre of Kalloní, Lesbos (Greece)
(26.04.2014)

26.04.2014, 12:00-14:45
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
20 – 24 °C, fair.
I reached the bridge over the Christoú River (Potamós Christoú) coming from Kalloní on the Kalloní – Parákoila road. I parked the car on the west side of the bridge in a by-road. The following species were observed in the wetland north and south of the bridge.

Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, flying.
Purple Heron (Árdea purpúrea, Purpurreiher):
1, landing on the wetland.
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
1, flying off.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginósus, Rohrweihe):
1 female, flying over the wetland.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
3, in shallow water.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
20, flying. The birds did not display white wing bars in flight.
Common Sandpiper (Actítis hypoléucos, Flußuferläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5, calling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
4, on the track.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10, flying over the wetland.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
1, with feed for nestlings.
Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys rivularia, Ostmediterrane Bachschildkröte):
20, swimming or roosting at the water's edge.

 

P105-0471 and P105-0472
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
(26.04.2014)

26.04.2014, 16:15-17:45
Kalloní, Potamiá Valley, Lesbos (Greece)
24 °C, fair.
The Valley of the Potamiá River (Koiláda Potamiás) is reached from the Kalloní – Parákoila road from the crossroads about 1000 m past the bridge over the Christoú River. The road is not asphalted and should not be used after heavy rainfall. – The following species were observed between the bridge over the Potamiá River and the weir.

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadórna ferruginea, Rostgans):
2, flying near the weir.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, calling.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
5 (at least), singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys rivularia, Ostmediterrane Bachschildkröte):
3, swimming near the weir.

 

P105-0475 and P105-0478
The Potamiá Valley west of Kalloní,  Lesbos (Greece)
(26.04.2014)

27.04.2014, 09:45-12:00
Skála Kallonís, Lower Tsikniás River, Lesbos (Greece)
18 – 20 °C, changeable.
I reached the river near the mouth coming from Skála Kallonís on a dirty road parallel to the coast line. First I draw along the west bank. At the first concrete ford I changed to the east bank. It was the first time that I used such a ford in Greece. The following bird species were observed along the way from the ford up to the Kalloní – Mytilíni road.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, in shallow water of the river bed.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
2, roosting on a tree.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
3, swimming in the river near the ford.
Little Ringed Plover (Charádrius dúbius, Flußregenpfeifer):
1, on the river bank.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
10, in shallow water of the river.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
15, in shallow water of the river. These birds did not have white wing bars and no white backside in flight.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
5 (at least), flying.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
4 (at least), along the way.
Sand Martin (Ripária ripária, Uferschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying over the river.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying over the river.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
50, on a power line crossing the river.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
2 (at least), singing.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing in a reedbed.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
3 (at least), along the way.

 

 

P105-0482, P105-0485, P105-0489, and P105-0486
The Lower Tsikniás River east of Skála Kallonís, Lesbos (Greece)
(27.04.2014)

27.04.2014, 12:15-15:00
Kalloní, saltpans, Lesbos (Greece)
20 °C, changeable.
I reached the saltpans on the Kalloní – Mytiliní road, coming from the bridge over the Tsikniás River. There is an asphalted road along the west side of the saltworks, which I used up to the southern end of the area and continued on an untarmacked road through grassland up to the sea. There is no public access to the inner area of the saltworks. The track on the eastern side of the saltpans seems to be bad and should not be used by car. – The following species were observed on the saltpans and in the surroundings.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in shallow water.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, in shallow water.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
200 (at least, not counted), in the shallow water of the saltpans.
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadórna ferruginea, Rostgans):
2, flying, over the grassland. Calling in flight.
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus, Wiesenweihe):
1 female, flying over grassland. Characteristic white rump.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
200 (at least, not counted), in the shallow water of the saltpans.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
200 (at least, not counted), in the shallow water of the saltpans.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
1 male, with a stiff leg, feeding in shallow water in the grassland.
Curlew (Numénius arquáta, Großer Brachvogel):
1, in the shallow water of a saltpan.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
150 (at least, not counted), in the shallow water of the saltpans or on the adjacent grassland.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, plunge-diving. The outer tail-feathers were not very long. Therefore, Arctic Tern was excluded.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
1, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
1, flying overhead.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
4, along the road.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg, Maskenschafstelze):
3 (1 male, 2 females), on sandy ground in the grassland.
White Wagtail (Motacílla alba, Bachstelze):
2, 1 at the edge of a water expanse in the grassland, 1 flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, on perrennials on grassland.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
10 (at least), on fences or in shrubs along the road.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
6, on fences or power lines along the road.

 

 

P105-0492, P105-0493, P105-0496, and P105-0498
Kalloní, saltpans, Lesbos (Greece)
(27.04.2014)

P105-0495
Scheme of the Saltworks of Kalloni
(27.04.2013

28.04.2014, 09:15-09:50
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
17 °C, fair.
I scanned the wetland of the river mouth from the road east of the river. – The following bird species were observed on the wetland and in the surroundings.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
12, at the edge of a ditch.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on the wetland. The beak was yellow.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, on the wetland.
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
2, on the edge of a reedbed.
Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
1, in shallow water (north of the bridge (12:30).
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
23, in shallow water.
Temminck’s Stint (Calídris temmínckii, Temminckstrandläufer):
6, in shallow water.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5, flying.
Whiskered Tern (Chlidónias hýbrida, Weißbart-Seeschwalbe):
2, on a dead tree in the wetland. – Head black, legs red, underside and upper side of tail white, back grey, chinn white, belly dark grey, primaries white.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the wetland.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
50 (at least), flying over the wetland.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on the wetland.

 

P105-0499, P105-0500, and P105-0502
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
(28.04.2014)

28.04.2014, 10:10-11:30
Kalloní, Mini Soccer Pitch, Lesbos (Greece)
17 °C, fair.
This place is situated at the Kalloní – Pétra road 100 m past the deviation to Sígri. The place is charakterized by great Eucalyptus trees. It is known for the presence of Scops Owls. – The following species were observed.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2 (at least), calling.
Scops Owl (Otus scops, Zwergohreule):
2, roosting on eucalyptus trees. These bird are very difficult to detect. The permanent presence of birders in a distance of 5 -10 m did not seem to disturb them.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing, also seen.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), in a garden.

 

P105-0503 and P105-0504
Kalloní, Mini Soccer Pitch, Lesbos (Greece)
(28.04.2014)

28.04.2014, 12:10
Kalloní, Raptor Watch Point, Lesbos (Greece)
19 °C, fair to overcast.
The Raptor Watch Point is situated on the Kalloní – Pétra road about 2 km north of Kalloní. There is a sunshade from where one has a good view down to the Bay of Kalloní. During my stay no migrating bird could be observed.

 

P105-0505 and P105-0506
Kalloní, Raptor Watch Point, Lesbos (Greece)
(29.04.2014)

28.04.2014, 13:00-14:40
Kalloní, Metóchi Lake, Lesbos (Greece)
19 °C, fair.
The untarmacked road to Metóchi Lake deviates from the Kalloní – Parákoila road in northern direction about 1 km past the bridge over the Christoú river. – The following species were observed in the area of the small lake.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
3, swimming near the reedbed.
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus, Zwergdommel):
2, standing at the edge of the reedbed.
Little Crake (Porzana parva, Kleines Sumpfhuhn):
1, at the edge of the reedbed.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
3, swimming near the reedbed.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Sand Martin (Ripária ripária, Uferschwalbe):
1, flying over the pool.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying over the lake.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying over the lake.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Great Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus arundináceus, Drosselrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling, also seen.
Golden Oriol (Oríolus oríolus, Pirol):
1, calling.
Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys rivularia, Ostmediterrane Bachschildkröte):
3, roosting and sunbathing on a plastic bag at the water's edge.

 

P105-0536 and P105-0538
Metóchi Lake east of Kalloní, Lesbos (Greece)
(28.04.2014)

28.04.2014, 15:10-15:30
Kalloní, Potamiá Reservoir, Lesbos (Greece)
19 °C, changeable.
The second deviation to the right from the untarmacked road to the Potamiá Valley leads directly to the reservoir, a small artificial lake. – Here the following bird species were observed.

Little Grebe (Pódiceps ruficóllis, Zwergtaucher):
1, swimming.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
35, swimming.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Woodchat Shrike (Lánius senátor, Rotkopfwürger):
2, on a fence.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

P105-0539 and P105-0540
Kalloní, Potamiá Reservoir, Lesbos (Greece)
(28.04.2014)

29.04.2014, 09:15-10:15
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
17 °C, fair.
I scanned the wetland of the river mouth from the road east of the river. – The following bird species were observed on the wetland and in the surroundings.

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on grsássland.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
2, in shallow water.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Curlew Sandpiper (Calídris ferrugínea, Sichelstrandläufer):
3, in shallow water. These birds had already red-brown heads.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
25, in shallow water.
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebulária, Grünschenkel):
1, in shallow water.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
5 (at least), in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
11, on grassland.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on the wetland.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying over the wetland.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.

 

P105-0545 and P104-0546
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
(29.04.2014

29.04.2014, 10:30-11:20
Kalloní, Mini Soccer Pitch, Lesbos (Greece)
18 – 20 °C, changeable.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Mini Soccer Pitch.

White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2 (at least), calling.
Scops Owl (Otus scops, Zwergohreule):
1, roosting on an Eucalyptus tree.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
10 (at least), in a garden.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

29.04.2014, 11:40-12:15
Kalloní, Raptor Watch Point, Lesbos (Greece)
17 °C, changeable.
The following bird species were observed from the Raptor Watch Point.

Black Stork (Cicónia nigra, Schwarzstorch):
1, flying southwards.
Short-toed Eagle (Circáëtus gállicus, Schlangenadler):
1, flying along the valley, sometimes hovering or hanging in the wind. Upperparts brown, underparts very pale.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
1, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

P105-0565, P105-0566, and P105-0570
Kalloní, Raptor Watch Point, Lesbos (Greece)
(29.04.2014)

29.04.2014, 13:45-14:20
Skalochóri, surroundings of the settlement, Lesbos (Greece)
16 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a break on a forest track south of Skalochóri.

Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
3, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
4, flying.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, calling.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, on the road (during the back tour).
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
1, calling in flight.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

 

P105-0571, P105-0573, P105-0575, and P105-0576
Skalochóri, surroundings of the settlement, Lesbos (Greece)
(29.04.2014)

29.04.2014, 15:45-18:35
Ipsiloú Monastery, Lesbos (Greece)
16 °C, fair, windy.
From the car park at the foot of the hill I walked the round way up to the monastery and back. The following bird species were observed during this walk.

White Stork (Cicónia cicónia, Weißstorch):
1, flying over the monastery.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10, flying along the valley.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
5, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
2, flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
4, flying.
Stonechat (Saxícola torquáta, Schwarzkehlchen):
1 male, on a rock on the southern slope.
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellína, Isabellsteinschmätzer):
1, on a rock on the southern slope, also in the vegetation on the ground.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, on a rock on the northern slope.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
3 (2 males, 1 female), on rocks on the southern slope. – Pale-throated morph.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
1 male, on the top of a rock face. – Black-throated morph.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, 1 warning, 1 singing.
Sombre Tit (Párus lugubris, Trauermeise):
2. The birds fed their nestlings in a rock crevice.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
3, flying around the top of the hill or roosting on rocks.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
3 (at least), singing.
Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea, Türkenammer):
3 (at least), singing. One bird could also be seen. The yellow head could be recognised.

 

 

 

P105-0587, P105-0594, P105-0599, P105-0600, P105-0601, and P105-0602
Ipsiloú Monastery, Lesbos (Greece)
(29.04.2014)

30.04.2014, 09:00-10:45
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
18 – 21 °C, fair.
The following birdspecies were observed from the road parrallel to the river.

Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
25, in shallow water.
Kentish Plover (Charádrius alexandrínus, Seeregenpfeifer):
1, in shallow water.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
2, in shallow water.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
25, in shallow water.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glaréola, Bruchwasserläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
3, on the road.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
3, on grassland.

P105-0606
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
(30.04.2014)

30.04.2014, 12:15-13:40
Agía Pareskeví, Nápi Valley, Lesbos (Greece)
20 °C, changeable.
The road between Agía Pareskeví and Nápi was closed. Therefore, I took an untarmacked road into the hill country east of Pareskeví. After 4.5 km I turned back. – The following bird species were observed.

Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
1, calling.
Hoopoe (Úpupa epops, Wiedehopf):
1, flying.
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellína, Isabellsteinschmätzer):
1, on a fence.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
4 (at least), singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Sombre Tit (Párus lugubris, Trauermeise):
2, on a tree (identified on photos).
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
1, calling.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing.
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolénsis, Weidensperling):
5, sand-bathing on the road.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
4 (at least), singing.
Ermine (Mustéla ermínea, Großes Wiesel):
1, crossing the road.

 

P105-0608 and P105-0612
Agía Pareskeví, Nápi Valley, Lesbos (Greece)
(30.04.2014)

30.04.2014, 14:00-14:50
Kalloní, saltpans, north-eastern tower, Lesbos (Greece)
18 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed from the tower at the north-eastern corner of the saltworks.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
3, roosting in the saltpans.
Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
11, in the saltpans.
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
4, on grassland.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
0 not counted.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
24, in the saltpans.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
25, in shallow water.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
13, roosting in the saltpans.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
30 (at least), over the salktpans.
Little Tern (Sterna álbifrons, Zwergseeschwalbe):
2 (at least), over the salktpans.
Black Tern (Chlidónias nigra, Trauerseeschwalbe):
4, over the salktpans.
White-winged Black Tern (Chlidónias leucópterus, Weißflügel-Seeschwalbe):
1, over the salktpans. This bird had a complete white tail and a black body.

01.05.2014, 09:00-09:45
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
17 °C, changeable.
The following birdspecies were observed from the road parrallel to the river.

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on the wetland.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
20 (at least), in shallow water of the wetland.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the road.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, on the wetland.

P105-0623
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
(01.05.2014)

01.05.2014, 09:45-11:05
Parákoila, wetland, Lesbos (Greece)
18 °C, changeable.
The following birdspecies were observed in the Parákoila wetland.

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
15, flying or roosting on rocks or posts.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, roosting on a post.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3, flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
1, on sands in the wetland.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), in the harbour.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Corn Bunting (Emberíza calándra, Grauammer):
2, in shrubs.

 

P105-0626, P105-0649, and P105-0662
Parákoila, wetland, Lesbos (Greece)
(01.05.2014)

01.05.2014, 11:05-12:40
Parákoila, Ághios Ioánnis, Lesbos (Greece)
18 – 23 °C, changeable.
The following birdspecies were observed in the surrounding of the chapel Ághios Ioánnis.

Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
1, on a fence on the slope.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, in an olive tree.
Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer, Felsenkleiber):
2, on a fence or on rocks on the slope.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
1, on a fence.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
1, in a shrub.
Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea, Türkenammer):
1, singing from the rockface.
Hedgehog (Erináceus europáeus, Igel):
1, run dead on the road near the chapel.
European Legless Lizard (Pseudopus apodus, Panzerechse):
1. This reptile was catched by a visitor and afterwards released.

P105-00656
The slope above the Chapel Ághios Ioánnis, Lesbos (Greece)
(01.05.2014)

01.05.2014, 13:10-14:15
Apothíkes, Lesbos (Greece)
23 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in Apothíkes.

Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming on the bay.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
5 (at least), flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3, on a roof.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), collecting mud from a puddle for nest-building.
Pied Flycatcher (Muscícapa atricapílla, Trauerschnäpper):
1, on a tree.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5, on a roof.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, 1 warning against a cat, 1 with feed for nestlings.

P105-0664
Harbour of Apothíkes, Lesbos (Greece)
(01.05.2014)

01.05.2014, 14:15-16:00
Makára, barren hillsides and beach, Lesbos (Greece)
23 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on the drive from Apothíkes to Makára on the barren hillsides, on the beach and on a near offshore island.

Shag (Phalacrócorax aristótelis, Krähenscharbe):
6, roosting on the beach of the island Garmpa.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
3, on rocks, 1 of them singing.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
1 male, on a rock (photos).
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
12 (at least), flying or on grassland.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, on a roof.

 

 

P105-0666, P105-0667, P105-0668, and P105-0670
Makára, barren hillsides and beach, Lesbos (Greece)
(01.05.2014)

02.05.2014, 09:20-09:40
Skála Kallonís, Christoú River, Lesbos (Greece)
20 °C, changeable.
The following birdspecies were observed from the road parrallel to the river.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
7, along a ditch.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, on the wetland.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
1, on the wetland.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber, Rosaflamingo):
1, in shallow water..
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
27, in shallow water of the wetland.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
2, in shallow water.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
20, in shallow water.
Ruff (Philomáchus pugnax, Kampfläufer):
1, in shallow water.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, calling.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
2, on the road.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
20 (at least), flying over the wetland.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
3, on the wetland.

02.05.2014, 10:45-11:30
Kalloní, Mini Soccer Pitch, Lesbos (Greece)
20 °C, changeable.
The following birdspecies were observed in the surroundings of the Mini Socker Pitch.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
3 (at least), calling.
Scops Owl (Otus scops, Zwergohreule):
1, roosting on an Eucalyptus tree.
Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
5 (at least), on the ground.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

02.05.2014, 11:50-12:20
Kalloní, Raptor Watch Point, Lesbos (Greece)
20 °C, changeable.
The following birdspecies were observed in the surroundings of the Raptor Watch Point.

Common Buzzard (Búteo búteo, Mäusebussard):
1, circling over the valley.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
1 male, on a rock.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, on the roof of the sunshade.
Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia, Grauortolan):
1, singing on the slope.

02.05.2014, 13:10-15:00
PétraMólivos, 1st car park north of Pétra, Lesbos (Greece)
20 °C, changeable.
The following bird species were observed from the first car park at the road from Pétra to Mólivos.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
2, flying along the coast.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
10 (at least), flying along the coast.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
10, fllying.
Subalpine Warbler (Sýlvia cantillans, Weißbart-Grasmücke):
1, singing on the top of a shrub. Red-brown bib and underparts well recognisable.
Rüppell’s Warbler (Sýlvia rueppelli, Maskengrasmücke):
2, singing on the top of a shrub. (Photos).

 

P105-0698 and P105-0701
Watch points along the road from Pétra to Mólivos, Lesbos (Greece)
02.05.2014

03.05.2014, 07:10-10:10
PétraMólivos, 1st car park north of Pétra, Lesbos (Greece)
17 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed from the first car park at the road from Pétra to Mólivos.

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadórna ferruginea, Rostgans):
4, flying, then landing on rocks of the coast.
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
20 (at least), flying along the coast.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, flying.
Turtle Dove (Streptopélia turtur, Turteltaube):
3 (at least), calling, also seen on a power line.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2 (at least), flying.
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprógne rupéstris, Felsenschwalbe):
2 (at least), flying (oder Uferschwalbe). Rücken einfarbig sandfarben braun.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
1 male, on a shrub.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1 (at least), singing.
Rüppell’s Warbler (Sýlvia rueppelli, Maskengrasmücke):
1, singing on a power line.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on the car park.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
Black-headed Bunting (Emberíza melanocéphala, Kappenammer):
2, singing on the tops of shrubs or from a power line.

 

P105-0704 and P105-0719
Watch points along the road from Pétra to Mólivos, Lesbos (Greece)
(03.05.2014)

03.05.2014, 10:10-11:20
PétraMólivos, hillside, Lesbos (Greece)
23 °C, fair.
From the car park I walked on a path into the hills. – During the walk the following bird species were observed.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, on a power line.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
3, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), flying.
Northern Wheatear (Oenánthe oenánthe, Steinschmätzer):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
1, on a trree.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
2, flying.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2, on a roof.

 

P105-0716 and P105-0706
Hillside east of the road from Pétra to Mólivos, Lesbos (Greece)
(03.05.2014)

03.05.2014, 12:05-14:35
Mólivos, Castle and surroundings, Lesbos (Greece)
24 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the castle.

Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
16, on stony grassland.
Common Swift (Apus apus, Mauersegler):
2, flying.
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, Bienenfresser):
25 (at least), migrating northwards.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
5 (at least), flying.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
2, 1 female, on grassland, 1 male in the inner part of the ruins of the castle.
Blue Tit (Parus caerúleus, Blaumeise):
2, feeding their nestlings in a hole of a tree.
Jay (Gárrulus glandárius, Eichelhäher):
1, on a pine.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
10 (at least), flying.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
2, singing.
Starred Agama (Laudakia stellio, Hardun/Schleuderschwanz):
4 (at least), on the walls and steps of the partly destroyed castle.

 

 

P105-0729, P105-0831, P105-0832, and P105-0834
Mólivos, Castle and surroundings, Lesbos (Greece)
(03.05.2013)

04.05.2014, 07:30-08:00
Skála Kallonís, surroundings of Hotel Arísvi, Lesbos (Greece)
19 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Hotel Arísvi.

Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2 (at least), calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2 (at least), flying.
Reed Warbler (Acrocéphalus scirpáceus, Teichrohrsänger):
1, singing.
Cetti´s Warbler (Céttia cetti, Seidensänger):
1, singing.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
1, singing on a power line.
House Sparrow (Passer domésticus, Haussperling):
2 (at least), on a roof.

P105-0850
Skála Kallonís, Hotel Arísvi,
Lesbos (Greece)
(04.05.2014)

04.05.2014, 10:15-12:10
Mésa Pool and Mésa Marsh, Lesbos (Greece)
20 – 25 °C, first overcast, then fair.
The following bird species were observed in the area of the Mésa Pool, the Mesa Marsh and the adjacent forest.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
3, in a ditch.
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus, Silberreiher):
1, at the edge of the Mésa Pool.
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadórna ferruginea, Rostgans):
5, at the edge of the Mésa Pool.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
2, swimming on a ditch.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
0 not counted
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöwe):
15 (at least), on marshland.
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
1, flying.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
2, calling.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
2 (at least), flying.
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirúndo daurica, Rötelschwalbe):
3, flying, over the marshland.
Black-eared Wheatear (Oenánthe melanoléuca, Balkansteinschmätzer):
1 male, with black bib.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, singing.
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix, Nebelkrähe):
1, flying.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.

 

P105-0840, P105-0840, and P105-0840
Mésa Marsh, Lesbos (Greece)
(04.05.2014)

04.05.2014, 12:30-13:25
Voúvaris River Mouth, road bridge, Lesbos (Greece)
25 °C, fair.
I parked the car near the road bridge and walked on a track into the forest. – The following bird species were observed.

Nightingale (Luscínia megarhýnchos, Nachtigall):
1, singing.
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscícapa striáta, Grauschnäpper):
4, on trees near the bridge.
Masked Shrike (Lánius núbicus, Maskenwürger):
1, on a powerline.
Common Raven (Corvus corax, Kolkrabe):
4, flying over the ridge.
Chaffinch (Fringílla coelebs, Buchfink):
1, singing.
Goldfinch (Carduélis carduélis, Stieglitz):
6, feeding on thistles.

P105-0846
Surroundings near the road bridge over the Voúvaris River, Lesbos (Greece)
(04.05.2014)

04.05.2014, 15:00-17:00
Polichnítos Saltpans, Lesbos (Greece)
25 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the saltworks and during a walk on the track along the coastline.

Little Egret (Egrétta garzétta, Seidenreiher):
1, in a ditch.
Squacco Heron (Ardéola ralloídes, Rallenreiher):
1, in a ditch.
Black-winged Stilt (Himántopus himántopus, Stelzenläufer):
10 (at least), in shallow water of the saltpans.
Eurasian Avocet (Recurviróstra avosétta, Säbelschnäbler):
10 (at least), in shallow water of the saltpans.
Ringed Plover (Charádrius hiatícula, Sandregenpfeifer):
3, in shallow water of the saltpans.
Little Stint (Calídris minúta, Zwergstrandläufer):
50 (at least), in shallow water of the saltpans.
Curlew Sandpiper (Calídris ferrugínea, Sichelstrandläufer):
7, in shallow water of the saltpans. – Already in breeding plumage.,
Common Tern (Sterna hirúndo, Flußseeschwalbe):
2, fliegend.
Crested Lark (Galerída cristáta, Haubenlerche):
5 (at least), on the track or on ruderal areas of the saltworks.
Skylark (Aláuda arvénsis, Feldlerche):
1, singing, while soaring up.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
10 (at least), at a puddle, collecting mud pellets for nest-buildung.
House Martin (Délichon úrbica, Mehlschwalbe):
10 (at least), at a puddle, collecting mud pellets for nest-building.
European Legless Lizard (Pseudopus apodus, Panzerechse):
1, sunbathing on a track.

 

P105-0848 and P105-0849
Polichnítos Saltpans, Lesbos (Greece)
(04.05.2014)

 
     
 

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