Saturday, 6 April 2013

Birds of the Night

Well today was much quieter with far fewer migrants about, indeed the only species to show an apparent increase was Great Reed Warbler with 5 birds seen or heard up from two yesterday. The lack of migrants was however compensated for by 3 new species for the year. First off was a Scops Owl calling first thing from the valley leading down to Secret Beach (Vathi Bay). Next up was a Nightjar flushed from the path leading out to the lighthouse at 'Swallow Hollow', clearly fairly tired as it only flew about 50m before landing again. Then the biggest surprise of the day was a Black-winged Stilt that spent at least 40 minutes flying around Porto Sternes without landing. Visible migration at the lighthouse limited to 4 Swallows in-off.

Oh nearly forgot to mention that the Blue-cheeked Beauty was not seen today so has presumably left.

Weather - NNE force 5 pretty much all day and overcast. Due to strong SE winds further south there was a lot of Saharan murk for most of the day and early and late visibility poor.

Nightjar at SwallowHollow
Black-winged Stilt at Porto Sternes


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