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Lesvos Species List 5th to 12th May 2005
Name Species Comment
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Single birds at Inland Lake and on way to Agra
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo One only over Kalloni bay behind Salt Pans
White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus Usual tame bird by Skala Kalloni harbour
Little Egret Egretta garzetta Single birds seen daily at Salt Pans
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Up to 2 seen daily at Salt Pans with 6 on 12th
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Single birds seen on two visits to Inland Lake
Great Egret Ardea alba One bird seen at mouth of West River on 6th
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides Single birds seen on East River with pair roosting in Kalloni Bay on 8th
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Confiding adult male and immature male at Inland Lake on 10th
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Male at Faneromeni on 7th with pair at river mouth in Tavari on 9th
Black Stork Ciconia nigra Singles almost daily with pairs on two days around Kalloni and Salt pans
White Stork Ciconia ciconia Birds at Salt Pans on 6th & East River on 11th with pair over Bandstand on 11th
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber Up to 250 on Salt Pans daily
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea Single birds at Salt Pans on 6th, 11th and 12th
Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 5 in Pools by Derbyshire turn off on 6th with 1 on 10th
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus 3 over Potamia Valley on 8th with single bird in Napi Valley on 10th
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus Singles over Goat Pit 6th & Faneromeni 7th with pair over Potamia Valley on 8th
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Up to 3 birds around Salt Pans on 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus Female at Saltpans hunting over goat fields on 11th
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus Single females hunting over fields around Salt Pans on 11th and 12th
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Single bird at Olive-tree Warbler site on 12th
Buzzard Buteo buteo Up to max 3 birds seen at various sites on 4 days
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus Up to 5 birds seen around Ipsilou on 10th with singles seen most other days
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 2 seen hunting over fields at Sigri on 7th
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Single birds seen on 4 days at various sites
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus Singles seen at Salt Pans on 5th and 11th with 5 on wires in Napi Valley on 10th
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae Single bird flying over Napi Valley on 10th
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Single birds at Potamia Valley 8th, Bandstand 11th and Salt Pans 12th
Little Crake Porzana parva Fleeting glimpse of bird clambering about reeds at Inland Lake on 11th
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Up to 4 seen on all visits to Inland Lake
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 10-20 birds around Salt Pans daily
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Up to 50 birds around Salt Pans daily
Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus 5 on West River on 6th with 3 at Salt Pans on 8th, 2 on 9th and 2 on 11th
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola First bird seen around Salt Pans on 9th with upto 4 daily thereafter
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola Small flock of 8 at Salt Pans on 8th with 10 on 9th and a single bird on 12th
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Single bird at Salt Pans on 11th with flock of 6 on 12th
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius Up to 3 birds almost daily at various sites
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Up to 4   birds almost daily at Salt Pans
Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus Single vagrant in pools at Derbyshire turn off on 10th
Curlew Numenius arquata Single bird at mouth of East River on 5th
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 3 birds at Salt Pans on 5th
Redshank Tringa totanus 6 birds at Salt Pans on 8th
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Single birds at Salt Pans on 6th and 8th plus one at Faneromeni ford on 7th
Greenshank Tringa nebularia Single birds at Salt Pans on 6th and Faneromeni Ford on 7th
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Up to 10 most days where ever there was water
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos One bird only at Salt Pans on 12th
Sanderling Calidris alba Single bird at Salt Pans on 6th, 10th and 11th
Little Stint Calidris minuta Up to 100 at Salt Pans on 5th with smaller numbers daily thereafter and c6 on East River on 5th
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii 2 birds with Little Stints on East River on 5th
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Flock of c30 birds on Salt Pans on 8th with smaller numbers most other days
Ruff Philomachus pugnax Small numbers daily at Salt Pans with flock of c200 birds on 5th and 60 on 11th  
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans Common everywhere
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus Pair at Salt Pans on 6th and 11th with 15 over apartment on 12th
Little Gull Larus minutus Single bird at Salt Pans on 8th pair there on 10th and 11th
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica Single bird on Salt Pans on 10th
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis Single birds on Salt Pans on 8th and 12th
Common Tern Sterna hirundo Small numbers at Salt Pans and on East River daily
Little Tern Sterna albifrons Small numbers at Salt Pans daily
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 4 on East River on 5th with flock of 40 roosting and feeding on Salt Pans on 10th with numbers down to 2 on 12th
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Small numbers seen on 4 days at Salt Pans with max of c20 on 5th and c15 on 11th
Black Tern Chlidonias niger Max 2 birds with White-winged Terns at Salt Pans on 5th and 8th
Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Seen on 5 days usually in pairs
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Common everywhere
Little Owl Athene noctua Single birds in and around Salt Pans on 6th and 12th with pair on 9th
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba Pair flying over fields at Sigri on 7th
Common Swift Apus apus Seen daily with large flocks on passage over Inland Lake on 7th and Salt Pans on 9th and 12th  
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus Single bird seen with Common Swifts on passage at Salt Pans on 12th
Bee-eater Merops apiaster Few birds seen daily around Salt Pans & East River with c100 near Agra on 7th
Hoopoe Upupa epops 2 birds in Napi Valley on 10th
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius Bird at nest near Kalloni on 6th and 7th & one flying over in Napi Valley on 10th
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla Single bird at Salt Pans on 9th with further 2 on 11th
Crested Lark Galerida cristata Common everywhere
Wood Lark Lullula arborea Single bird in flight display at Olive-tree Warbler site on 10th
Sand Martin Riparia riparia Up to 100 on passage at Inland Lake on 7th with small numbers on 2 other days
Crag-martin Hirundo rupestris Up to 20 birds in Grand Canyon on 7th with small numbers at Ipsilou on 9th
Swallow Hirundo rustica Common everywhere
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica rufula Small numbers seen daily with c20 in hirundine flock at Inland Lake on 7th
House Martin Delichon urbica Common everywhere
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava   One only at Faneromeni on 7th
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg Small numbers seen almost daily   
Rufous Bush Robin Cercotrichas galactotes Bird singing at the Goat Pit on 6th and singles seen at Salt Pans on 9th & 12th
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos Birds heard daily but not pursued after excellent views on East River on 5th
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra Single bird seen at Salt Pans on 8th and 9th
Stonechat Saxicola torquata Up to 5 birds seen on 7th by roadside near Filia and 3 birds at Ipsilou on 9th  
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Single bird seen near Filia on 7th with another in the Napi Valley on 10th
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica Small numbers seen daily   
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina Single bird seen in high winds at site near Ipsilou on 7th with 3 more on 9th
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius Two birds at Ipsilou on 9th with singles at Petra and the Bandstand above Kalloni on 11th
Blackbird Turdus merula Common everywhere in small numbers
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti Birds seen at Inland Lake on 6th & 11th & heard most days in appropriate habitat
Reed-warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus Single birds seen at Inland Lake on 10th and 11th
Great Reed-warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus Single bird singing at Inland Lake on 10th
Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida Common throughout in appropriate habitat
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum Up to 5 birds seen in Napi Valley on 10th
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin Single bird at Ipsilou on 9th
Whitethroat Sylvia communis Single bird seen at Salt Pans on 5th   
Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia (hortensis) crassirostris Single birds at Goat Pit on 6th and near Chousos on 9th with several singing in Napi Valley on 10th
Rüppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli Up to 5 birds at well known Petra site on 11th
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans Single male in Potamia Valley on 8th and 2 males at Ruppell's Warbler site near Petra on 11th
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata Small numbers seen almost daily in appropriate habitat
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva Single bird by roadside near Filia on 7th
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Single bird at Kruper's site in Derdyshire on 12th
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris Pair seen near Chousos ford on 9th
Great Tit Parus major Common everywhere in small numbers
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Birds seen on three days in appropriate habitat
Krüper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi Pair seen at nest at well known site in Derbyshire on 6th and 12th
Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer Seen on 4 days in appropriate habitat with up to 5 around Ipsilou area on 9th
Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla Up to 5 birds at Kruper's site in Derbyshire on 12th
Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus Single bird seen in flight in Napi Valley on 10th
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio Common in small numbers throughout
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor Single birds seen on three days in Potamia Valley and Kalloni areas
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator Small numbers seen almost daily
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 3 birds in Potamia Valley on 8th with nesting pair in Napi Valley on 10th
Jay Garrulus glandarius Up to 2 birds seen in flight on 4 days in appropriate wooded habitat
Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix Common everywhere
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Common everywhere
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis Seen daily around Salt Pans and Skala Kalloni with flock c100 at Salt Pans on 5th
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Small numbers seen daily
Serin Serinus serinus Single bird at Kruper's site in Derdyshire on 12th
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris Single birds seen on 4 days at various sites
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Small numbers seen daily
Linnet Carduelis cannabina Single bird seen by roadside near Agra on 9th
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes Single bird seen at Olive-tree Warbler site in Napi Valley on 10th
Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus

Single birds seen 8th in Potamia Valley & 10th in Napi Valley with 3 at Ipsilou 9th

Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea Up to 3 birds (2 males) at Ipsilou on 9th & a further singing male at Agra on 9th
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana Two birds at Ruppell's Warbler site near Petra on 11th
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia Small numbers seen on 4 days in appropriate habitat
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala Common everywhere
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra Common everywhere

 

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