Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Golden Orioles and Flycatchers

Well today proved to the best one yet, with a good variety of species on the move and lots of activity throughout the day. Given there was little change in the weather, the wind remained stuck in the west all day, the size and diversity of the arrival was surprising. It would be interesting to know where these birds had crossed the African coast.

Early on there was a mini raptor movement with 2 Marsh Harriers, 4 Kestrels and a Lesser Kestrel; in addition single Hobby and Eleonara's Falcon were seen later in the morning.

A number of species clearly arrived after midday, for example only 1 Northern Wheatear was seen in the morning but a further 10 were found during the afternoon, mostly on roads that had been checked in the morning. Totals for the day were 20 Whinchat, 18 Redstart, 18 Woodchat Shrikes, 25 Golden Orioles, 28 Pied Flycatcher, 52 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Quail, 26 Garden Warbler, a single Icterine Warbler and 2 Cuckoo.

Visible passage included at least 63 Bee-eaters and 73 Turtle Doves.

Woodchat Shrike at Koureli
Swallowtail near Porto Kaghio


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