Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Hoopoes and Northern Wheatear
,,Today started slowly with seemingly few grounded migrants, a walk to the lighthouse and back also revealed relatively little the highlights being 29 Short-toed Larks, 27 Tawny Pipits and our first Peregrine. However by midday there were clearly more birds present along the main headland road than first thing, a loose group of 10 Northern Wheatear and 3 Woodchat Shrikes near the 'lonesome' pine being the best example. After lunch there were also 1 or 2 Hoopoes to be found pretty much anywhere we stopped.
Notable totals for the day were: 6 Quail, 20 Hoopoe, 8 Woodchat Shrike, 19 Blackcap, 21 Subalpine Warbler, 15 Nightingale, 6 Redstart and 44 Northern Wheatear, the latter being a new peak count for Cape Tenaro.
Scarcer migrants were represented by 4 Collared Dove, a Common Starling (at Mianes), a new male Rock Thrush (on the terraces around 'Magic Bush') and a Sparrowhawk.
Hirundines were in short supply all day and the only other obvious visible migrants were small numbers of Linnet and Goldfinch visibly heading north.
Migrant Raptors - 2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Kestrel
Weather - wind WNW for most of the day, 5-6 early on then dropping briefly before freshening later in the afternoon. Mostly clear skies. No rain. Visibility again good with Antikythira visible for most of the day.
A view of the Cape Tenaro headland from the north, looking across the narrow neck. Porto Kagio is the village in th bay on the left