Saturday, 4 April 2015

Migration trickles ...... no large numbers but plenty of variety

Today (4th April) was similar to yesterday, a further reduction in migrant numbers, a good variety of species and a few species showing evidence of movement.

Species that had apparently arrived overnight were 8 Hoopoe, 38 Blackcap, 3 Savi's Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 10 Nightingale, 5 Tawny Pipit, 2 Collared Flycathcher (both different to yesterday's bird) and a single Pied Flycatcher. In addition the first Wood Warbler of the year was feeding on the roadside above the Point car park.

Wood Warbler at Kokinoghia

Raptor migration was limited to 2 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Kestrel, a ringtail Harrier and and another Steppe Buzzard.

The Rock Thrush was present for its fourth day and one of the Richard's Pipits was still present on pipit plateau you can just about make out the long hind in the following photo.

Richard's Pipit, Cape Tenaro 4th April 2015

A Tawny Pipit at Beehive Pass for comparison

The Collared Flycatcher in the olive groves above Kokinoghia perfomed particularly well.

Collared Flycatcher in olive groves at Kokinoghia

The only other bird of note was an adult Audouin's Gull in Vathi Bay.


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