Thursday, 2 April 2015

Wrynecks and Quail

Today (2nd April) saw much improved weather with light winds early on and then a moderate easterly breeze from late morning. It was soon apparent that there had been a moderate arrival of migrants and a number of species showed an increase in numbers. Totals for selected species were: 9 Quail, 14 Wryneck, 1 Eastern Bonelli's Warbler, 18 Willow Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 55 Subalpine Warbler, 2 Savi's Warbler, 18 Nightingale, 3 Black Redstart (including one at the lighthouse) and 5 Ortolan Bunting.

There were 3 firsts for the year today: a Turtle Dove flying north high up on the east side of the mountain, a Red-throated Pipit flying north low down on the mountain and a Garden Warbler feeding along the roadside below Beehive Pass.

Raptor passage was restricted to single Marsh and Hen Harriers and 8 Kestrel.

There are still 5 Isabelline Wheatear present including a single bird at Mianes.

Black Redstart at the Lighthouse

Wryneck at Paliros

Ortolan Bunting at Koureli

Away from the headland:

Green Sandpiper feeding in a roadside pool near Gerolimenas


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