Saturday, 30 March 2013

A small arrival ........

The first part of the morning was poor with relatively few birds visible, indeed a walk out to the lighthouse and back found only 4 grounded migrants. Howeve the bushes on the northern part of the headland, particularly around Paliros and at Porto Kaghio were more rewarding. Final totals for selected species were: 5 Hoopoe, 1 Wryneck, 2 Woodchats, 1 Balkan Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 17 Subalpine Warbers, 7 Sedge Warblers, 18 Nightingale and 4 Whinchat.

There were also 8 Quail, including 5 flushed from one small area at Koureli and a male Rock Thrush on the 'Narrows'. Unfortunately there was no sign of yesterday's Trumpeter Finch.

Firsts for the spring included 2 Ruppell's Warblers at Paliros and a Great Reed Warbler at Porto Kaghio. There was also a Cetti's Warbler at the latter site, our first record for the headland, although it does occur immediately north of the area at Achilo.

North of the recording area there were 2 Isabelline Wheatears on the plateau above Gerolimenas late afternoon ( a scarce migrant in this part of Greece).

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