Monday, 28 April 2014

Rain at first light but no large fall - Sunday 27th April

Despite an impressively loud thunderstorm and a short lived but heavy downpour just before dawn there was no large fall of migrants. That said there was a good mix of species and totals for Sunday included 29 Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Pied Flycacher, a single Collared Flycacher, 6 Woodchat Shrikes, 3 Wryneck, 11 Whinchat, 8 Great Reed Warbler, 6 Garden Warbler, 2 Icterine Warbler and 7 Golden Oriole. There was also a reasonable movement of 49 Turtle Doves - and a number of hunters out shooting at them.

Single Squacco and Night Herons came in off the sea and an Eleonara's Falcon was seen over the mountain.

At the end of the afternoon a visit to the plateau above Gerolimenas, north of the headland, gave stunning views of two Montagu's Harriers and distant views of a third unidentified harrier.

Montagu's Harrier near Gerolimenas 27 April 2014
Whinchat 27 April 2014


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