Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Small arrival but good variety

There was only a small arrival today, with Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher the most numerous species, however a few odds and ends brightened the day. Totals for the main migrant species were 13 Golden Oriole, 4 Wood Warbler, 26 Garden Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, 7 Icterine Warbler, 9 Great Reed Warbler, 23 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher and 17 Whinchat.

Visible migrants included 3 Grey Heron that almost landed east of Porto Sternes but then headed off due east and at least 36 Bee-eater. Raptors offered variety if not numbers with a Hobby watched coming in off the sea at the lighthouse at 9.00am, a Honey Buzzard that flew north an hour later, a Marsh Harrier north over the mountain soon after midday and 2 Kestrels.

In addition there also 2 Wryneck and a very late Chiffchaff singing briefly at Paliros.

Wryneck at Koureli (trying to look like a dead stick)


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