Thursday, 31 March 2016

Lots of sunshine ........ but only a few birds

Today was much quieter, with no substantive arrival though there was a good mix of species. Not really surprising given the clear weather and the light westerly winds.

There were still 41 Subalpine Warblers, presumably largely a hangover from yesterday's arrival. Other species were also present in reduced numbers: 4 Quail, 8 Hoopoe, 3 Wryneck, 7 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 13 Nightingale, 3 Black Redstart and 5 Redstart. Good numbers of Tawny Pipit were still present, with 18 today, these were one of the few species that appeared to have arrived overnight.

Raptors - 3 Marsh Harriers went north and there was also a single Kestrel.

Odds and Ends - what was presumably the same Common Starling as 2 days ago was present at beehive pass first thing, 2 Hooded Crow had wandered down from the north and were calling over Kokinoghia and the only Sombre Tit we have seen on the headland this year also appeared at Kokinoghia.

Weather - wind W 2-3 early on increasing W4-5 in afternoon. Clear skies but hazy. Visibility moderate, Kithira island just about visible throughout the day.

North bound Marsh Harrier over 'pipit plateau'

A Hoopoe at 'beehive pass' this morning

A Tawny Pipit near 'swallow hollow'

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