Thursday, 2 April 2015

Blackcaps and Willow Warblers

Strong westerly winds (force 7 at times) made the birding hard work yesterday (1st April); despite the wind it was apparent that there were far fewer migrants present and some areas of the headland were almost bird free. It was therefore a little surprising to find that a few species had made it across the Mediterranean and showed an increase in numbers, the most conspicuous of these were 45 Blackcap and 15 Willow Warbler.

Raptor passage was limited to 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Kestrel and a single Leser Kestrel.

The Richard's Pipit was still present and been joined by a second bird on pipit plateau.

Richard's Pipit at Cape Tenaro

A few other migrants are worth a mention, there were 48 Subalpine Warblers (reflecting the ongoing passage of this species), there are still 4 Isabelline Wheatear and a single male Rock Thrush below beehive pass was the first of the year.

Ophrys orchid between Paliros and Koureli

Ophrys orchid between Paliros and Koureli

Isabelline Wheatear at 'Swallow Hollow' Cape Tenaro 1st April 2015


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