Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Nightingales, Woodchats and Bee-eaters

Yesterday (6th April) was our last day on the headland this year however we had time for a good look around before heading back towards Athens for a flight home. A combination of strong southerly winds, overcast conditions and heavy showers overnight and through the morning saw a further fall with a good selection of grounded migrants on show.

Birds had largely found their way to sheltered locations with very few migrants to be found in the more exposed locations. There was a further shift in the composition of the grounded migrants reflecting the advancing spring and the dominance of Subalpine Warblers in arrivals over the last 11 days is now clearly on the wane. Nightingales are now the dominant species with 43 logged, other totals for the day were: 8 Wryneck, 15 Woodchat Shrike, 35 Subalpine Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 5 Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 13 Black-eared Wheatear, 10 Tawny Pipit, 10 Tree Pipit, 71 Spanish Sparrow. Yesterday's Collared Flycatchers had mostly moved on and only 2 were seen, there were also fewer Hoopoe (7), Pied Flycatcher (5), Willow Warbler (3) and Chiffchaff (2).

Nightingale at Paliros

The star birds of the day were a flock of 22 Bee-eater that came in off the sea from the south-east at Koureli resting briefly on the power lines there and were then seen less than an hour later at Porto Kaghio.

Bee-eaters arriving at Koureli

Raptor migration was limited to a single Kestrel.

The other bird of note was a single Richard's Pipit on 'pipit plateau' this may be one of the birds first seen on 31st March however it is conceivably a new arrival as none were located yesterday despite an extensive search.

Today's (6th April) Richard Pipit photo


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