Saturday, 4 April 2015

Bird migration slows .... but a good day for mammals

With clear conditions and light winds overnight the 3rd April proved to be our quietest day this year for bird migration. The numbers of almost all migrants had reduced however this involed both yesterday's birds departing and some new ones arriving as evidenced by a scattering of 7 Subalpine Warblers on the path out to the lighthouse (none yesterday), an increase in Chiffchaff numbers from 2 to 10 and a conspicuous male Collared Flycather in the gardens at Poto Kaghio.

The male Rock Thrush first seen on the 1st April was relocated, and eventually was seen by all present.

Male Rock Thrush on the slopes above the road to Kokinoghia

The third Richard's Pipit of the year was heard and seen early on just north of Beehive Pass while the two previous birds (also last seen on 1st) were relocated on pipit plateau.

Richard's Pipit on 'pipit plateau' Cape Tenaro 3rd April 2015

Raptor migration was limited to 4 Kestrel and more surprisingly a Steppe Buzzard that flew north over Koureli at 13.30.

The highlight of the day however was away from Cape Tenaro as, with bird migration providing slim pickings, an excursion was made in to the mountains north of the headland where we heard and then saw two Golden Jackal.

Golden Jackal in the mountains of the Mani


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