Monday, 28 April 2014

Windy weather - slim pickings

Today started with a brisk westerly wind that got steadily stronger as the day went on. There was no evidence of any new birds arriving and in most areas the bushes were being whipped about so strongly that there was little hope of seeing any small birds. The best birding of the day proved to be at Porto Kaghio where there was a good mix of migrants presumably driven out of the hillside scrub to seek shelter where they could find it. Totals for the day of the more abundant migrants were 6 Redstart, 20 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Wood Warbler, 11 Garden Warbler, 12 Whinchat, 2 Wryneck, 1 Hoopoe, 21 Red-rumped Swallows and 2 Golden Oriole.

In the absence of any decent bird pics here are a couple of shots of the headland:

Koureli and the path to 'Secret Beach'



Abandoned terraced fields above Marmari


Weather: Wind west force 5 to 6, increasing 7 in afternoon. Mostly overcast with isolated showers until mid-afternoon, clearing later.


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