Saturday, 3 May 2014

Whitethroats, Woodchats and Spotted Flycatchers

Another arrival today (Saturday 3rd May) but less spectacular than yesterday's. Early on there were plenty of birds showing in the central valley and again many of these were clearly moving north, either in short bush to bush movements or via longer flights. In Koginoghia (at the end of the road) and on the way out to the lighthouse there were far less birds than yesterday. Later in the day some other areas (Paliros, Koureli, Porto Kaghio and Marmari) were almost devoid of migrants or had only small concentrations.

Totals for the day for grounded migrants were: 3 Golden Oriole, 39 Woodchat Shrike, 10 Wood Warbler, a female Blackcap, 17 Garden Warbler, 57 Whitethroat, 1 Subalpine Warbler, 12 Icterine Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 12 Great Reed Warbler, 35 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Nightingale, 6 Pied Flycatcher, 12 Redstart and 17 Whinchat.

Raptor passage was limited to singles of Lesser Kestrel and Hobby. Also on the move were 22 Common Swift (the largest count since we arrived), while at least 13 Bee-eater flew north. A Quail was flushed from the path to the lighthouse. The only oddity was a lone Rock Dove at Marmari (scarce here in spring).

Away from the headland a solitary Red-footed Falcon was seen on the plateau above Gerolimenas at the end of the afternoon.

Golden Oriole at Paliros 3 May 2014
Porto Kaghio at the north end of the headland


Red-footed Falcon near Gerolimenas 3 May 2014

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you're having a good time guys. Grabbed a Garganey here on Friday and have a nice selection of redpolls, Wheatear and Arctic Tern today plus a trip to South Ron to photo a W-bDiver. Send me a Woodchat would you?