LESVOS BIRDS

2009

written and compiled by steve dudley

LESVOS BIRDS 2009

Written and compiled by Steve Dudley Steve Dudley is author of A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos, runs Lesvos Birding and is a member of the Lesvos Birds Records Committee Copyright © Steve Dudley | Lesvos Birding, 2010 Photos © photographers as credited, 2010 Cover photo: displaying male Krüper’s Nuthatch, Kofinas, Achladeri Forest, April 2009 © Steve Dudley | Lesvos Birding

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HOTEL PASIPHAE

LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

INTRODUCTION For
my
book,
A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos,
I
worked
closely
with
several
key
birdwatchers,
namely
Lesvos
resident
 Terry
Robinson,
Eleni
Galinou
(a
Lesviot
currently
residing
on
Samos)
and
Nikos
Probonas
(Secretary
of
the
Hellenic
 Rarities
Committee),
to
compile
an
official
list
of
birds
for
Lesvos.
In
order
to
keep
the
Lesvos
List,
and
the
species
 recorded,
up
to
date,
I
decided
that
I
would
attempt
to
produce
an
annual
bird
report
from
2009
(overlapping
with
 my
book).
This
publication
is
the
result.
Another
result
of
this
collaboration
was
the
HRC
inviting
the
four
of
us
to
 form
the
Lesvos
Bird
Records
Committee
(LBRC)
to
oversee
the
assessment
and
recording
of
the
scarcer
occurring
 species
(including
breeding
species)
on
the
island.
 
 Bird records used for this report  This
report
is
based
on
the
database
built
up
by
myself
from
a
variety
of
sources
including
OrnithoTopos,
the
Lesvos
 Birding
Pasiphae
Bird
Log
and
records
submitted
direct
to
myself.
 
 Over
13,000
records
make
up
the
2009
Lesvos
bird
records
database.
11,000
(85%)
of
these
were
contributed
by
 Lesvos
resident
Terry
Robinson.
Quite
simply,
without
this
amazing
contribution
the
report
would
be
very
much
 thinner
and
our
understanding
of
the
island’s
birds
would
be
much
poorer.
Terry’s
activities
are
largely
centred
on
 the
Polichnitos
Saltpans
so
many
accounts
are
therefore
heavily
weighted
to
this
area,
and
in
some
cases,
no
other
 records
were
received.
This
coverage
does
however
provide
a
snapshot
for
many
species
present
on
the
island.
Of
 the
remaining
records
on
the
database,
I
contributed
around
1500
(11%)
from
my
visits
in
spring
and
autumn.
The
 remaining
records
(4%)
were
contributed
by
those
listed
in
the
acknowledgements.
It
would
be
a
major
achievement
 if
for
future
reports
we
can
increase
the
amount
of
records
from
visiting
birders
and
chip
away
at
Terry’s
monopoly!

 
 Submitting your bird records  I
will
continue
to
collate
records
(as
detailed
above)
for
future
years.
All
records
of
rare
and
scarce
species
(see
key
to
 the
Systematic
List
below)
will
be
followed
up
and
passed
on
to
the
Lesvos
Birds
Records
Committee
(LBRC)
or
for
 Greek
national
rarities,
the
Hellenic
Rarities
Committee
(HRC).
You
can
submit
your
records
as
follows
–
 1. Direct
to
me
–
lists,
including
date
and
location
of
observations
to
myself
via
the
Lesvos
Birding
website
 (www.lesvosbirding.com).
Please no trip reports. I don’t have the time to extract records from extensive  accounts.
 When
on
the
island,
by
entering
your
records
in
the
Lesvos
Birding
Bird
Log
situated
in
the
reception
of
the
 Hotel
Pasiphae
in
Skala
Kallonis.
Could
I
please
urge
all
contributors
to
the
bird
log
to
write
legibly,
give
 your
name
and
if
possible,
leave
an
email
contact
address
for
me
to
follow
any
sightings
up
with
you.
 For
Lesvos
rarities,
via
the
LBRC
website
(http://lesvosbirdrecords.blogspot.com/).
 For
Greek
national
rarities,
via
HRC
(http://rarities.ornithologiki.gr/en/eaop/form.htm).


2.

3. 4. 


Other
hotels
have
bird
logs
but
I
don’t
always
have
the
time
to
get
round
these
and
extract
records.
So
to
ensure
I
 have
your
records,
please
use
one
of
the
four
ways
above
to
submit
them.
 
 Bird information when on the island  The
Lesvos
Birding
Bird
Log
at
the
Hotel
Pasiphae
is
the
prime
source
of
bird
information.
During
the
main
spring
and
 autumn
weeks
many
birders
contribute
and
I
keep
it
up
to
date
each
evening
adding
records
I’ve
been
informed
of
 whilst
in
the
field
each
day.
In
addition,
for
those
staying
in
accommodation
with
internet
access
(and
those
at
home
 viewing
before
coming
out
to
the
island),
I
aim
to
update
the
sightings
for
each
day
on
the
Lesvos
Birding
website
 (www.lesvosbirding.com)
by
midnight
at
the
latest
(often
earlier).



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If
you
see
something
of
note,
please
pass
on
the
news
–
tell
other
birders
you
see
on
the
day,
enter
the
record
in
the
 Lesvos
Birding
Bird
Log
at
the
Hotel
Pasiphae.
You
can
even
text
me
your
notable
records
each
day
on
00
44
7
767
 787
287
and
I
will
enter
these
in
the
log
and
on
the
website.
 
 NOTES ON BIRDING SITES  In
each
report
I
will
aim
to
provide
any
significant
updates
to
the
main
birding
sites
–
major
changes
in
habitat,
access
 restrictions,
etc.
As
stated
in
A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos
I
try
and
follow
the
names
used
on
the
blue
Road
 Editions
map
of
the
island
(which
I
recommend
you
get
to
use
on
your
visit).
Page
numbers
refer
to
the
site
pages
 within
A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos.
 
 Skala Kallonis Pool
(p.
97)
 In
spring
2009
the
pool
was
again
overgrown
and
full
of
water
following
one
of
the
wettest
winters
in
recent
times.
 The
result
was
limited
open
water
and
virtually
no
muddy
margins
visible
until
late
May
when
the
water
level
began
 to
drop.
The
pool
still
attracted
a
few
herons
including
Great
and
Little
Bitterns
and
Purple
Heron,
and
is
always
 worth
a
look
no
matter
what
state
it
is
in
even
–
even
when
tinder
dry
in
autumn
birds
are
still
drawn
to
the
area.
 
 During
the
year
I
met
with
Nikos
Petrou,
Hellenic
Society
for
the
Protection
of
Nature,
about
the
long‐term
future
 of
this
pool
and
other
conservation
issues
on
Lesvos
(e.g.
declining
population
of
Rüppell’s
Warbler).
The
 ownership
of
the
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
and
surrounding
land
is
complicated
and
an
immediate
solution
to
 preserving
this
site
is
unlikely.
But
with
Nikos’
help,
we
will
continue
to
look
for
a
solution
that
will
hopefully
 safeguard
the
site.
We
hope
to
be
able
to
get
more
people
involved,
both
on
and
off
the
island,
and
I
will
 report
any
news
on
my
website
and
in
these
reports.
 
 Christou
(Kamares)
River
(p.
98)
 This
river
is
named
as
Christou
River
on
the
Road
Editions
map,
but
is
known
locally
as
the
Kamares
River
(and
is
 called
this
on
the
new
information
board
by
the
road
bridge).
I
use
the
above
presentation
throughout
this
report.
 
 Kalloni Saltpans area
(p.
108)
 View
the
saltpans
only
from
the
perimeter
road
(inc.
the
new
south
hide
just
west
of
the
saltworks
entrance),
the
 north‐west
corner
hide,
the
east
track
and
the
Alykes
Wetlands
(see
below).
Viewing
from
the
main
Kalloni‐Mytilini
 road
can
be
dangerous
and
there
is
no
access
to
the
fields
along
this
road.

 
 Those
accessing
the
beach
past
the
beach
café
are
reminded
that
ground‐nesting
species
such
as
Stone‐curlew
occur
 here
and
birders
are
asked
to
take
caution.
Rufous
Bush
Robin
can
often
be
found
in
the
tamarisks
along
the
beach
 here,
and
you
are
asked
not
to
harass
birds
by
pushing
them
from
bush
to
bush.
Stay
at
a
sensible
distance
and
the
 bird(s)
will
usually
come
out
and
perform.
 
 Alykes Wetlands (p.
112)
 The
fields
and
marshes
that
lie
to
the
east
of
the
saltworks
should
be
accessed
on
foot
only.
Care
should
be
taken
 when
approaching
the
Saltpans
fence
as
ground‐nesting
species
including
Stone‐curlew
and
Kentish
Plover
both
 breed
in
this
area.
If
in
doubt,
do
not
approach
the
fence
line
and
view
from
or
near
to
the
main
track.
Please
try
to
 avoid
disturbing
the
waders
on
the
pools
as
those
birders
arriving
after
you
have
gone
would
like
to
enjoy
these
birds
 too.
 

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Flooded fields opposite the Kalloni Saltworks entrance
–
this
wetland
was
one
of
the
main
draws
during
spring
2009
 attracting
double‐figure
counts
of
Black
Storks
other
herons,
marsh
terns,
waders
and
wildfowl.
These
fields
require
 extensive
winter
rains
before
they
flood.
May
2009
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Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding



 Soumouria
(Kalloni
Mini
Soccer
Pitch
/
Scops
Copse
–
p.115)
 This
site
underwent
extensive
tree
thinning
during
May
(not
total
destruction
as
reported
by
some)
and
it
is
hoped
 that
it
will
still
hold
breeding
birds
in
2010.
 
 Platania
(p.
120)
 Note
that
the
best
way
to
access
the
Platania
track
from
the
Napi
Valley
end
is
to
approach
from
the
north
(if
 travelling
from
the
south
drive
past
the
turn
to
Platania
and
then
turn
round
safely
near
the
rubbish
tip
and
return
 south
to
approach
from
the
north).
Take
care
pulling
off
the
main
road
on
to
the
track
as
the
immediate
junction
 remains
unstable.
The
track
itself
remains
passable
for
most
cars
with
care,
but
a
reminder
that
you
will
be
charged
 by
your
hire
company
for
the
complete
cost
of
any
damage
done
to
the
underside
of
a
hire
vehicle!
 
 Kavaki
(p.
124)
 This
remains
the
main
site
for
Rüppell’s
Warbler.
This
species
continues
to
decline
on
the
island,
mirroring
the
 national
decline
throughout
Greece,
with
only
three
pairs
now
present
in
this
area.
Please do not enter the scrub  areas where the birds breed.
View
only
from
the
lay‐by
areas
and
the
rough
track
up
the
hill
on
the
south
side.
 
 Perasma
(p.
125)
 Contrary
to
rumours
that
this
reservoir
has
been
completely
decommissioned,
it
was
refilled
in
2009
and
remains
a
 good
site
in
both
spring
and
autumn.
Parking
at
the
main
road
junction
and
walking
up
to
(and
beyond)
the
reservoir
 can
be
rewarding.

 


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Perasma –
the
reservoir
was
refilled
in
early
2009
re‐instating
this
much‐needed
freshwater
wetland
site
in
the
north
of
the
 island.
Ruddy
Shelduck
bred
here
in
2009
and
Sardinian
Warbler
is
occasionally
seen
along
the
hillside
to
the
east
of
the
 reservoir
(above).
May
2009
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Dudley
|
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Birding



 Efthalou to Skala Sikaminias
(p.
128)
 Note
that
the
coastline
by
the
Megala
hot
springs,
mid‐way
along
the
north
coast
track,
was
bulldozed
in
2008
and
 paddling
here
in
order
to
seek
out
the
hot
pebble
beds
remains
hazardous.
 
 Parakila Marsh
(p.
138)
 The
hide
here
was
accidentally
burned
down
in
early
2009
and
at
the
end
of
the
year
had
not
been
replaced.

 
 Ipsilou
(p.
147)
 A
reminder
that
photography
is
not
permitted
inside
the
chapel
in
the
monastery.
There
were
several
incidents
were
 people
were
ejected
in
2009.

 
 Faneromeni
(p.
151)
 I
continue
to
get
asked
where
the
Faneromeni
Lower
Ford
is.
It
is
arrowed
on
the
map
on
p.
151
of
A Birdwatching  Guide to Lesvos.
Along
the
main
Faneromeni
track
take
the
turn
down
towards
the
beach
(signed)
and
then
the
right
 turn
(signed
chapel)
and
follow
this
to
the
ford.
 
 Achladeri Forest
(p.
168)
 In
2009
only
a
single
pair
of
Krüper’s
Nuthatch
bred
at
the
traditional
Kofinas
site
(picnic
site
with
white
building).
 This
remains
the
best
site
to
see
the
species,
but
it
is
by
no
means
the
only
site
with
over
600
pairs
in
pinewoods
in
 the
central
and
south‐eastern
areas
of
the
island.
The
forest
track
to
the
north
of
Kofinas
is
worth
exploring.

 
 There
were
again
problems
between
photographers
and
birders
at
the
site,
especially
during
the
time
the
male
was

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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

present
alone
and
trying
desperately
hard
to
attract
a
mate
(which
he
eventually
did).
Photographers
are
requested
 to
respect
both
the
birds
as
well
as
those
watching
them.
Birders
are
asked
not
to
disturb
photographers
who
are
sat
 quietly
near
the
nest
unless
there
is
clear
behaviour
from
the
birds
suggesting
disturbance
then
the
photographer(s)
 should
be
asked
politely
to
move
further
away.
A
responsible
photographer
should
have
no
problem
retreating
if
 requested.

 
 As
usual,
when
the
military
are
in
residence,
do
not
attempt
to
enter
the
site.
 
 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I
would
like
to
thank
all
those
who
have
submitted
records
(either
via
the
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Bird
Log,
 OrnithoTopos
or
sent
direct
to
me)
which
make
up
this
report:
Dave
Allen
(Naturetrek),
Simon
Boyes
(Ornitholidays),
 David
Bradnum,
Barry
Bradnum,
Bob
Buckler
(Wingspan),
K
H
Christmann,
Stuart
&
Claire
Darbyshire,
Paul
Edlin,
 Wiltraud
Englander,
Bernie
Forbes
(Avian
Adventures),
Eleni
Galinou,
Colin
Gittins,
R
M
&
S
H
Guthrie,
Pat
&
Judy
 Hayes,
High
Peak
RSPB
Group,
Reg
Harding,
Mike
&
Lyn
Hunt,
Michael
&
Doreen
Jacobs,
Ian
Kinley,
Roger
Lawrence
 (Ornitholidays),
Ian
Lewington,
Paul
Manning,
Vera
Manning,
Colin
Manville,
Paul
Manville,
John
&
Sheena
Maskell
 (Avian
Adventures),
Kon
&
Ruud
Nam,
Richard
Nettleton,
Peter
O’Daffy,
Ian
Pitts,
Priscille
&
Neil
Preston,
Donald
&
 Jennifer
Rhodes,
Miriam
&
Louis
Raemakers,
Terry
Robinson,
K
Schöller,
Mike
Seikutis,
Ian
Smith,
Mike
Snelling,
Paul
 Solly,
Mike
Stead,
Dave
Thexton,
Reg
Thorpe
(Naturetrek),
the
van
der
Lee
family,
K
Wasness
and
E
Wendt
plus
all
 the
many
‘anonymous’
contributions
either
passed
on
to
me
in
the
field
or
entered
in
the
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
 Bird
Log
without
a
name
(or
the
name
was
indecipherable).
Thank
you
everyone.

 
 I
would
also
like
to
thank
Nikos
Probonas,
Eleni
Gallinou
and
Terry
Robinson
for
their
comments
and
help
with
this
 report.

 
 Many
individuals
are
credited
personally
within
the
species
accounts.
(MO)
within
the
species
accounts
denotes
 many
observers.
Anonymous
and
indecipherable
names
form
the
Lesvos
Birding
Log
at
the
Hotel
Pasiphae
are
 credited
within
the
species
accounts
as
‘per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD’.

 

 

 

Cirl Bunting,
male
with
food
approaching
nest,
Ipsilou,
May
2009
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Dudley
|
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Birding


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INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS   Key to status codes used within the species accounts  c

 =
common
 s
 =
scarce
 r

 =
rare
 f
 =
former
 RB

 =
resident
breeder
 MB

 =
migrant
breeder
 CB

 =
casual/occasional
breeder
 IB

 =
introduced
breeder
 SP

 =
spring
passage
 AP

 =
autumn
passage
 
 PM

 W

 V

 ?

 *

 =
passage
migrant
(spring
and
autumn)
 =
winter
visitor
 =
vagrant
 =
status
uncertain
 =
species
requiring
supporting
notes/evidence
 by
LBRC
or
HRC
—
all
records
to
be
submitted
 via
LBRC
—

see
Introduction
above.


The
figures
listed
after
the
status
of
vagrants
and
some
rare
migrant
species,
e.g.
|
1
|
7+
(23+),
denote
the
following:
 the
first
figure
is
the
number
of
records
in
2009,
the
second
number
is
the
total
number
of
known
records
and
the
 number
in
brackets
is
the
total
number
of
known
individuals
making
up
the
total
number
of
records.
So

|
1
|
7+
 (23+)
indicates
that
there
was
a
single
record
in
2009,
with
a
total
of
7+
known
records
comprising
23+
individuals.
 
 Taxonomy and nomenclature  This
report
follows
A Birdwatchers Guide to Lesvos
(Dudley
2009).

 
 Notes on the Species List  The
species
list
below
includes
details
of
all
known
species
recorded
during
2009.
It
also
includes
some
notable
 records
from
previous
years
that
have
either
only
just
come
to
light
or
have
only
just
been
accepted
by
the
relevant
 committees.
This
provides
an
opportunity
to
confirm
these
in
a
dedicated
Lesvos
publication
and
to
include
 photographs
of
several
of
them.
 
 Of
the
records
received
for
2009,
very
few
breeding
records
were
received.
I
would
urge
those
submitting
records
to
 provide
any
indication
of
breeding
(display,
obvious
territory
being
held,
birds
visiting
nest,
fledged
young
seen,
etc.).

 
 Many
notable
rare
species
are
included
within
this
report
including
details
of
the
first
Lesvos
records
of
Pectoral
 Sandpiper,
Red
Knot,
Little
Swift,
White‐throated
Dipper
and
Bluethroat;
the
fourth
Whooper
Swan;
the
fourth
and
 fifth
Terek
Sandpipers;
the
fifth
White‐tailed
Eagle;
the
eighth
Common
Pochard;
and
tenth
Egyptian
Vulture.
In
 addition,
the
report
includes
the
first
recorded
winter
records
of
Black
Kite,
Turtle
Dove
sp.
and
Short‐toed
Lark,
as
 well
as
details
of
many
of
the
popular
migrants
and
target
resident
species.
There
were
no
records
received
for
 several
species
and
these
are
detailed
in
the
Appendix.
 


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6


LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

SPECIES ACCOUNTS   CHUKAR Alectoris chukar
sRB
 Occurs mainly in the rocky areas of the centre, north and west of the island.   Reported
from
central
and
western
areas
and
along
the
north
coast.
The
only
record
from
east
of
the
Gulf
of
Kalloni
 is
a
single
bird
at
Palia
Vigla
nr
Polichnitos
on
21
May
(T
Robinson).
Largest
count
was
a
flock
of
18
in
the
 Meladia
Valley
on
23
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
Some
birds
are
introduced
for
hunting,
including
a
small
 population
maintained
in
the
olive
groves
along
the
eastern
side
of
the
Gulf
of
Kalloni.
   COMMON QUAIL
Coturnix coturnix
rMB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed, their presence given away by calling males.   Very
few
reported.
Calling
males
reported
as
follows:
2
in
fields
by
Polichnitos
Saltpans
25
&
28
Apr
(T
Robinson
et
 al),
1
Faneromeni
26
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton),
1
Meladia
Valley
26
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton)
and
2
Kandria
(nr
 Kalloni)
6
May
(R
Harding
et
al).
   MUTE SWAN Cygnus olor sW

 Small numbers usually Dec‐Apr.  Up
to
7
lingered
around
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
surrounding
flooded
fields
to
24
Apr
(MO).
   WHOOPER SWAN Cygnus cygnus V
*
|
1
|
5
(19)
 One
record
(accepted
by
LBRC):
4
Gulf
of
Kalloni
off
Mesa
1
Jan
09
(T
Robinson)
is
only
the
fourth
record
for
the
 island.
   COMMON SHELDUCK Tadorna tadorna sW,
sPM,
CB
 Small numbers winter Nov–Apr, with passage noted Mar–May and less so Sept‐Oct.   Polichnitos
Saltpans:
recorded
in
all
months
with
max.
monthly
counts
as
follows
(all
T
Robinson)
–
Jan
(17),
Feb
(24),
 Mar
(19),
Apr
(14),
May
(6),
Jun
(12),
Jul
(18),
Aug
(2),
Sept
(16),
Oct
(15),
Nov
(8)
and
Dec
(16).
Recorded
from
other
 sites
as
follows:
42
Mesa
Wetlands
28
Mar
(T
Robinson);
2
Kalloni
area
throughout
Apr
&
May
(MO);
and
up
to
36
 Kalloni
Saltpans
in
Sept
(MO).
 Breeding
A
pair
Polichnitos
Saltpans
raised
2
young
(T
Robinson).
   RUDDY SHELDUCK Tadorna ferruginea sRB,
sPM
 Recorded most months. Small numbers breed.

 Recorded
throughout
the
year
apart
from
Feb,
Aug
&
 Oct.

Max.
counts
from
regular
sites
as
follows:
30
 Kalloni
Saltpans
area
(inc.
surrounding
fields,
Alykes
 Wetlands,
etc)
30
May;
35
Mesa
Wetlands
11
Jul;

 3
Polichnitos
Saltpans
9
Nov
&
5
Dec.
Also
reported
 from
Perasma
Reservoir,
Makara,
Vouvaris
River,
 Faneromeni
and
Dipi
Larisos.
 Breeding
A
pair
at
Perasma
Reservoir
raised
2
young

 (S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
young
seen
at
Faneromeni
in
 May
(M
Sveikutis).
 
 
 Young
Ruddy Shelduck,
Faneromeni,
May
2009


©
Mike
Sveikutis


 

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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

EURASIAN WIGEON Anas penelope sW

 Small numbers Oct–Apr.  Two
records:
37
off
Vouvaris
River
1
Jan
and
2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
6
Dec
(both
T
Robinson).
   MALLARD Anas platyrhynchos sW
 Small numbers Nov–May. Mating observed but no confirmed breeding.  In
early
spring
a
single
at
Mesa
Wetlands
28
Mar;
2
off
Faneromeni
beach
21
Apr;
4
seen
flying
north
through
 Meladia
Valley
28
Apr;
and
up
to
5
(inc.
a
female)
in
the
Kalloni
area
from
29
Apr
–
18
May;
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans

 2
on
27
May
and
singles
in
Jun,
Aug
&
Sept
and
up
to
6
during
Oct.
 Breeding
A
pair
copulating
on
the
floods
near
Kalloni
Saltpans
but
no
confirmed
breeding.

   NORTHERN SHOVELER Anas clypeata sW
 Small numbers Sept–May.  One
record:
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
12–20
Sept

(T
Robinson
et
al).
   NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta sW,
sPM
 Small numbers Sep–Apr.  Three
records:
Polichnitos
Saltpans
(T
Robinson
et
al)
13
Mar
(2),
7
Apr
(1)
and
7–21
Sept
(1‐2).
 
 GARGANEY Anas querquedula cSP,
sAP



 Occurs offshore and on reservoirs and Saltpans Mar–May, with smaller numbers Aug–Sept.  Spring
3
Polichnitos
Saltpans
14
Mar;
up
to
3
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
17–19
Apr;
up
to
3
on
flooded
fields
by
Kalloni
 Saltpans
25
Apr–18
May.

 Autumn
Recorded
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
from
1
Aug
–
1
Oct
with
max.
count
of
15
on
7
Aug.
   EURASIAN TEAL Anas crecca sW,
sPM
 Small numbers Aug–Apr.  All
records
(T
Robinson):
17
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
10
Jan;
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
7
Apr
(1),
11
May
(13)
and
29
Aug
(1);
 8
Kalloni
Saltpans
16
Apr;
and
2
Potamia
Valley
7
Nov.
   COMMON POCHARD Aythya ferina V
*
|
1
|
8
 One
record
(accepted
by
LBRC):
a
male
Polichnitos
Saltpans
28
Jul
(T
Robinson).
The
eighth
record
for
the
island.
   RED‐BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator sW
 Small numbers offshore Oct–Apr.  All
records
(all
T
Robinson)
as
follows:
Alikoudi
Pool
1
Jan
(12)
and
10
Jan
(2);
off
Skala
Polichnitou
on

 24
Jan
(2)
and
19
Feb
(1);
3
off
Skala
Vasilikon
3
Feb;
and
Vouvaris
River
Mouth
on
3
Feb
(2)
and
8
Mar
(3).
   BLACK‐THROATED DIVER Gavia arctica sW
 
 Small numbers offshore Nov–Apr.  Two
records:
3
off
Skala
Vasilikon
3
Feb
and
1
off
 Skala
Polichnitou
on
8
Dec
(both
T
Robinson).
 
 

Black­throated Diver,
off
Farmakies
Harbour
nr
Skala
 Vasilikon,
February
2009
©
Terry
Robinson
 
 


 

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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

SCOPOLI’S SHEARWATER Calonectris (diomedea) diomedea sPM,
?rSB?
 Small numbers offshore Mar–Oct. May breed on some of the offshore islands.   Small
numbers
reported
offshore
during
Apr,
May
&
Sept.
No
large
movements
noted
and
the
largest
count
was
only
 6
off
the
Airport
beach
on
16
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell).
   YELKOUAN SHEARWATER Puffinus yelkouan cRB
 Present offshore all months with flocks of several hundred, even over a thousand, not unexpected.  Small
numbers
reported
offshore
during
Apr,
May
&
Sept.
No
exceptional
movements
noted
and
the
largest
count
 was
only
200+
off
Skala
Eresou
24
Apr
(Limosa
group).
   LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis sRB
 Small numbers breed along the wetter rivers and the larger inland water bodies.  Recorded
from:
Metochi
Lake
(max.
8
on
4
May);
Potamia
Reservoir
(max.
42
on
7
Nov);
Perasma
Reservoir
(max.
22
 on
6
Sept);
Pithariou
Reservoir
(max.
22
on
2
Sept);
Tsiknias
River
(max.
2
on
10
Jan);
and
Christou
River
7
Nov
(1).
 Breeding
3
pairs
Metochi
Lake.
   GREAT CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus sW
 Winters offshore, mainly Gulf of Kalloni Dec‐Feb, otherwise small numbers offshore Oct–May.   Off
Skala
Polichnitou,
max.
first
winter
period
count
367
on
22
Feb
and
second
winter
period
274
on
31
Dec

 (T
Robinson).
Recorded
in
Gulf
of
Gera
on
22
Jan
(Petros
Isaakidis)
and
1‐2
off
Skala
Kallonis/Kalloni
area
17
Apr
–

 11
May
(MO). 
 RED‐NECKED GREBE Podiceps grisegena V
*
|
1
|
3+
(20+)
 One
record

(accepted
by
LBRC):
1
Gulf
of
Kalloni
off
 Skala
Kallonis
11–24
Sept
(R
Lawrence
et
al),
is
only
 the
third
post‐2000
record.
 
 
   
 

Red­necked Grebe,
Gulf
of
Kalloni
off
Skala
Kallonis,
 September
2009
©
Steve
Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding




   BLACK‐NECKED GREBE Podiceps nigricollis sW
 Occasionally recorded offshore, in river mouths and on inland reservoirs from Nov–May.  All
records
(T
Robinson):
3
Vouvaris
River
Mouth
1
Jan;
1
Kofinas
1
Jan;
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
(or
offshore
on
Gulf
of
 Kalloni)
1
in
Jan
&
Feb,
1‐2
to
9
Mar
and
one
on
23
Dec;
3
Gulf
of
Kalloni
off
Skala
Vasilikon
3
Feb
&
30
Nov;
and
4
 Alikoudi
Pool
19
Dec.
 
 GREATER FLAMINGO Phoenicopterus roseus sW
 Present Sept–May with some non‐breeding birds Jun–Aug. Has attempted to breed at Kalloni Saltpans.  Polichnitos Saltpans
Max.
monthly
counts
–
Jan
(94),
Feb
(134),
Mar
(102),
Apr
(82),
May
(6),
Aug
(11),

 Oct
(137),
Nov
(335)
&
Dec
(243)
(T
Robinson).

 Kalloni Saltpans
No
winter
counts.
Max.
spring
count
158
on
18
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell)
and
max.
autumn
count
800+
on
 18
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).No
breeding
attempted.
 


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9


LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

BLACK STORK Ciconia nigra sMB,
sPM,
rW
 Occurs Mar–Oct, mainly on passage, but with 10+ breeding pairs in pine forests. Occasionally over‐winters.  Polichnitos Saltpans
A
single
bird
present
10
Jan
–
3
Apr,
then
1‐4
Apr–Jul.
Up
to
6
during
Aug
with
17
on

 3
Sept
and
a
max.
autumn
count
of
21
on
20–22
Sept.
Up
to
10
birds
to
9
Oct
then
1‐3
daily
to
31
Dec.
 Kalloni Saltpans
(inc.
surrounding
fields,
Alykes
Wetlands,
etc)
17
Apr
–
30
May
with
max.
13
on
the
floods
opposite
 the
saltworks
entrance
on
11
May.
In
autumn,
2
on
3
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy)
and
4
on
18
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 Other sites
Spring
28
Mar
–
9
May
inc.
Alikoudi
Pool,
Christou
(Kamares)
River,
Ipsilou,
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint,
 Madaros,
Mesa
Wetlands
(max.
10
on
9
May),
Meladia
Valley,
Metochi
Lake,
Napi
Valley,
Potamia
Valley,
Sideras,
 Tsiknias
River
and
Vouvaris
River.
Summer
3
Mesa
Wetlands
11
Jul
and
1
Metochi
Lake
8
Aug
(both
T
Robinson).
 Autumn
Singles
Christou
(Kamares)
River
1
&
18
Sept
(I
Smith,
P
O’Daffy
&
C
Gittins),
Tsiknias
River
18
Sept

 (S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
3
Lotzaria
24
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
    WHITE STORK
Ciconia ciconia sMB,
sPM,
rW
 Occurs Feb–Oct, mainly on passage. A number of pairs breed.   Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
2
in
Jan,
3
in
Feb‐Apr,
singles
in
May
&
Jun,
5
on
15
Jul
and
1
on
21
Aug
(last
of
year);

 1‐3
recorded
in
the
Kalloni
area
16
Apr
–
30
May.
 Breeding
Occupied
nests
at
Skala
Kallonis
(rooftop),
Mandamados
(chimney),
Agia
Paraskevi
(chimney)
and
 Polichnitos
(chimney).

   GLOSSY IBIS Plegadis falcinellus cSP,
sAP
 Can occur in sizable flocks Mar–May, with much smaller numbers Aug–Oct.  Spring
Polichnitos
Saltpans
7‐16
Apr
with
max.
9
on
8
Apr
(T
Robinson);
Kalloni
area
16
Apr‐21
May
favouring
the
 flooded
fields
around
the
saltpans
with
max.
83
on
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 Autumn
Singles
Polichnitos
Saltpans
6
Aug
and
9
Sept
(T
Robinson).
   EURASIAN SPOONBILL Platalea leucorodia sPM
 Small numbers Mar–May and Sept–Oct.  All
records:
2
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
12‐13
Mar
with
1
to
17
Mar;
3
Kalloni
Saltpans
29
Apr;
on
21
May
7
arrived
at
 Kalloni
Saltpans
and
a
single
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
the
latter
soon
made
its
way
north
to
join
them
with
8
then
 present
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
to
26
May
and
2
to
30
May.
At
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
2
on
21
Jul
with
1
there
on
27
Jul,

 2
on
23‐24
Aug,
and
singles
there
on
3
Sept,
25
Sept,
29‐30
Sept,
2‐4
Oct
and
6
(inc.
1
juv)
on
6
Oct.
   GREAT BITTERN Botaurus stellaris sW,
sPM
 Single birds occasionally Oct–May around obvious wetland and river areas.  Two
records:
a
single
bird
reported
at
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
on
22
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
and
the
 same
or
another
on
27
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton).
   LITTLE BITTERN Ixobrychus minutus cSM,
sAP



 Occurs Apr–Jun at wetland and river areas inc. even the smallest of culverts and drains with cover. Scarcer Aug–Oct.  Spring Recorded
24
Apr
–
31
May:
Metochi
Lake
21
Apr
(3)
–
31
May
(1)
with
a
max.
of
12
birds
on
3
May

(S
P
Dudley
 et
al);
Tsiknias
River
(usually
at
the
lower
ford)
27
Apr
–
12
May
with
a
max.
of
3
on
11
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
Skala
 Kallonis
Pool
singles
on
1
May
(MO)
and
21
May
(M
Stead).

Seen
at
both
Faneromeni
fords
26
Apr
–
14
May
with
a
 max.
of
7
on
9
May
(P
&
N
Preston);
3
Meladia
Valley
Ford
5‐8
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
1
Almiropotamos
River
(Vatera)
 24
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Potamia
Valley
27
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
in
 the
Hotel
Pasiphae
garden
(Skala
Kallonis)
3
May
(van
der
Lee
family);
2
Vourkou
River
6
May
(T
Robinson);
1
Vergias
 River
(Skala
Eresou)
6
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
and
1
Farmakies
Pool
(Skala
Vasilikon)
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley
et
al).
 Autumn
One
record:
a
single
bird
at
Metochi
Lake
12‐22
Sept
(MO).

 

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Little Bittern and Night­heron,
Faneromeni
Lower
Ford,
May
2009
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Steve
Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding


  BLACK‐CROWNED NIGHT‐HERON Nycticorax nycticorax cSM,
sAP
 Occurs usually Mar–May (occasionally in large flocks) with occasional records Sept–Oct.  Spring Recorded
17
Apr
–
31
May
as
follows:
Potamia
Valley
up
to
5
on
17‐20
Apr,
2
on
4
May
and
3
on
18
May

 (T
Robinson
et
al);
at
nearby
Metochi
Lake
up
to
6
on
19‐21
Apr
with
singles
there
15
&
31
May
(MO);
at
Faneromeni
 1‐2
present
26
Apr
–
14
May
(MO);
2
found
roosting
in
the
pines
in
Achladeri
Forest
on
2
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);

 5
north
over
Lardia
Valley
17
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
and
1
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
21
May
(M
Stead).
 Autumn
One
record:
2
over
Skala
Kallonis
18
Sept
(C
Gittins).
 
 SQUACCO HERON Ardeola ralloides cSM,
sAP
 Recorded from wetland and river areas Apr–May, occasionally numbers Aug–Oct.  Spring 8
Apr
–
24
May:
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
on
8
Apr
and
2
on
6
May
(T
Robinson
et
al);
1‐2
Skala
Kallonis
17‐20
Apr
 (MO)
with
6
on
23
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
and
a
single
there
21
May
(M
Stead);
on
the
flooded
fields
at
Kalloni
 Saltpans
(inc.
Alykes
Wetlands)
28
Apr
–
14
May
with
a
max.
of
11
on
11
May
(MO);
1‐2
Metochi
Lake
21
Apr
–
24
 May
(MO);
1
Perasma
Reservoir
22
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell);
6
Christou
(Kamares)
River
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
3
Dipi
 Larisos
28
Apr
(T
Robinson);
up
to
3
Faneromeni
1‐8
May
(P
&
V
Manning
et
al);
4
Kalloni
Saltpans
on
2
May,
9
on

 4
May
and
a
single
bird
on
16
May
(MO);
2
Tsiknias
River
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
singles
Potamia
Valley
and
 Parakila
Marsh
18
May
(both
M
Sveikutis).
 Autumn
12
Potamia
Valley
8
Aug
(T
Robinson);
singles
Polichnitos
Saltpans
18
&
21
Aug
with
3
there
10
Sept

 (T
Robinson);
and
1
Metochi
Lake
23
Sept
(C
Gittins).
   WESTERN CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus ibis V
*
|
0
|
4
(4)
 2008
Three
records
(accepted
by
HRC):
1
nr
Tsiknias
River
Mouth
25
Apr
(photo:
S
P
Dudley,
M
Denman
et
al:
HRC
 08);
1
Skala
Eresou
16
May
(R
Ulph:
HRC
08);
and
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
Dec
08
(photo:
T
Robinson:
HRC
08).
 2007
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
1
nr
Sigri
Dec
07
(E
Kakalis,
E
Gribylakou:
HRC
07).
 


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GREY HERON Ardea cinerea sW,
sPM
 Small numbers all months. Migrants Apr–May and Sept–Oct.  Recorded
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
(T
Robinson)
in
all
months
with
1‐2
in
Jan,
1‐3
in
Feb,
1‐3
in
Mar
with
obvious
 passage
on
14
Mar
(27),
20
Mar
(19),
22
Mar
(10)
and
23
Mar
(16),
max.
6
in
Apr,
1‐2
during
May,
2
on
25
Jun,
1‐3
in
 Jul
and
1‐4
in
Aug
with
9
on
21st.
Increased
numbers
Sept‐Dec
with
6‐8
birds
regularly
and
double
figure
counts
on
 six
dates
on
Sept
with
max.
56
(year
max.)
on
12
Sept
15
Sept
(24),
eight
dates
in
Oct
with
max.
14
on
5
Oct,
on
 fourteen
dates
in
Nov
with
max.
23
on
17
Nov,
and
on
five
dates
in
Dec
with
max.
12
on
6,
10
&
25
Dec.
Elsewhere
on
 the
island
recorded
from
a
further
10
sites:
Almyropotamia
River
(Vatera)
max.
5
on
19
Jan;
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
 Alykes
Wetlands
and
surrounding
flooded
fields)
max.
21
on
11
May;
Alikoudi
Pool
max.
4
on
24
Apr;
Christou
 (Kamares)
River
max.
6
on
10
Jan;
Mesa
Wetlands
max.
5
on
4
Apr;
Potamia
Valley
max.
4
on
8
Aug;
and
singles
 at
Skala
Vasilikon,
Vouvaris
River,
Meladia
Valley,
Dipi
Larisos
and
Achladeri.
 
 PURPLE HERON Ardea purpurea sPM
 Small numbers, inc. occasional flocks Mar–May and (smaller numbers) Sept–Oct.   Spring
Recorded
10
Apr
–
6
May.
The
main
site
was
the
flooded
fields
(inc.
Alykes
Wetlands)
near
the
Kalloni
Saltpans
 which
held
a
max.
9
on
20
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell).
A
single
flock
of
23
was
seen
heading
north
over
Kalloni
Saltpans
on
 the
evening
of
the
28
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
Elsewhere:
1
Almyropotamia
River
(Vatera)

 10
Apr
(T
Robinson);
1
Potamia
Valley
17
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
17‐18
 Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell
et
al);
2
Metochi
Lake

20‐21
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell
et
al);
1
again
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
29
Apr
(per
 Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
2
north
along
the
Tsiknias
River
30
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
1
Faneromeni
3
May
 (P
&
V
Manning);
and
3
Vergias
River
(Skala
Eresou)
6
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 Autumn
An
early
returning
bird
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
1
Jul
(T
Robinson)
and
1
Metochi
Lake

 19
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 
 GREAT WHITE EGRET Ardea alba rW,
sPM
 Birds usually present Sept‐May with an increasing wintering population.  First winter period Jan
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
11
on
27th;
Almyropotamia
River
(Vatera)
with
max.
10
on
19th;
 Christou
(Kamares)
River
max.
3
on
10th;
Mesa
Wetlands
max.
3
on
1st;
Kalloni
Saltpans
max.
2
on
10th;
Skala
 Vasilikon
max.
2
on
1st;
and
singles
at
Vouvaris
River
mouth
1st,
Vourkou
River
4th,
Alikoudi
Pool
10th,
Tsiknias
River
 10th
and
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
10th.
Feb
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
16
on
21st
and
8
Almyropotamia
River
(Vatera)
7th.

 Spring Mar
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
12
on
1st,
Mesa
Wetlands
max.
3
on
8th,
Vouvaris
River
mouth
max.
3
on
8th.
 Apr Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
4
on
8th;
Mesa
Wetlands
max.
2
on
4th;
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounded
flooded
fields
 and
Alykes
Wetlands)
max.
2
on
4th.
May
4
over
Faneromeni
on
1st;
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounded
flooded
fields
 and
Alykes
Wetlands)
max.
3
on
9‐14th.

 Autumn Aug 1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
27th.
Sept
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
48
on
18th;
3
Kalloni
Saltpans
on
18th
 and
1
Tsiknias
River
mouth
18th.
Oct
Polichnitos
Saltpans
with
max.
13
on
29th.
Nov
Polichnitos
Saltpans
with
max.
8
 on
15‐16th;
3
Christou
(Kamares)
River
on
7th;
and
1
Skala
Vasilikon
on
30th.
 Second winter period Dec
Polichnitos
Saltpans
up
to
9
birds
1‐16th
with
increased
numbers
from
17th
with
11‐20
 birds
regularly
seen
and
max.
23
on
27th;
on
26th
3
Mesa
Wetlands,
1
Vouvaris
River
mouth
and
1
Skala
Vasilikon.
    LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta cSP,
sAP,
rW
 Occurs at wetland sites and along the coast Mar–May and in smaller numbers Aug–Oct. Several birds over‐winter.  First winter period
Jan
1‐2
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
2
Kalloni
Saltpans
10th;
single
birds
also
seen
at
Skala
Vasilkon
on
1st
 and
10th,
Achladeri
on
1st
and
Mesa
Wetlands
on
1st.
Feb
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout;
and
5
Vouvaris
River
 mouth
on
3rd.

 Spring Mar Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
3
on
6th;
and
Mesa
Wetlands
on
8th
(3)
and
28th
(4).
Apr
Polichnitos
Saltpans
 max.
7
on
7th;
Mesa
Wetlands
max.
15
on
29th;
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounding
flooded
fields
and
Alykes


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Wetlands)
max.
5
on
22nd;
Christou
(Kamares)
River
max.
15
on
17th;
6
Makara
21st;
2
Dipi
Larisos
28th;
2
Alikoudi
 Pool
29th.
May
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
9
on
12th;
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounding
flooded
fields
and
Alykes
 Wetlands
max.
9
on
30th;
3
Vourkou
River
on
6th;
11
Faneromeni
on
8th;
and
37
Tsiknias
River
on
11th.
 Summer
Jun‐Jul 1‐3
daily
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
6
on
22
Jul
and
11
on
31
Jul
(start
of
the
autumn
increase).

 Autumn
Polichnitos
Saltpans
double
figure
counts
daily
1
Aug
–
27
Sept
with
a
max.
40
on
12‐13
Sept,
1‐6
daily
28
 Sept
–
28
Oct
with
max.
9
on
5
Oct
and
3‐11
during
Nov
with
max.
11
on
10th.

 Second winter period Polichnitos
Saltpans
1‐3
daily
throughout
Dec.
 
 GREAT WHITE PELICAN Pelecanus onocrotalus sPM
 Annual passage migrant Mar–May and Sept–Oct.  Usually singles but occasionally flocks (e.g. 18 in Sept  07) and occasional movements, e.g. large movement  in Sept 07 inc. largest confirmed flock of 144.  Spring
4
reported
at
the
mouth
of
the
Tsiknias
River
 on
17
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group).
 Autumn
Juveniles
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
7
Sept

 (T
Robinson)
with
another
there
21‐25
Sept

 (T
Robinson
et
al)
and
what
is
presumed
to
be
a
third
 bird
28
Sept
–
16
Oct
(T
Robinson)
and
a
flock
of
9

 (4
ads,
5
juvs)
(T
Robinson).
A
different
juvenile
at
 Kalloni
Saltpans
on
21‐22
Sept
(M
Snelling
et
al).
 

White Pelican,
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
September
2009

 ©
Terry
Robinson



 DALMATIAN PELICAN Pelecanus crispus rPM
 Much rarer than White Pelican but occurs in similar periods, Apr–May and Aug–Sept.   One
record:
1
Perasma
Reservoir
for
only
three
hours
on
the
morning
of
3
May
(video:
I
Kinley,
D
Thexton
et
al).
   GREAT CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis sW
 Winters offshore particularly in the Gulf of Kalloni  First winter period Max.
83
of
Skala
Polichnitou
12
Feb.
 Spring
Max.
13
off
Skala
Polichnitou
14
Mar
and
11
off
Kalloni
Saltpans
29
Apr.
 Autumn
Max.
11
off
Skala
Polichnitou
21
Aug.
 Second winter period Max.
264
off
Skala
Polichnitou
5
Dec.
   EUROPEAN SHAG
Leucocarbo aristotelis desmaresti sRB
 Present around the coast in all months. The race Leucocarbo aristotelis desmaresti occurs.  First winter period Max.
8
of
Skala
Polichnitou
10
Jan.
 Spring
Max.
10+
off
Skala
Polichnitou
25
Apr.
 Summer
Max.
4
off
Nifida
1
Jul.
 Autumn
Max.
16
off
Skala
Polichnitou
25‐26
Oct.
 Second winter period Max.
20
off
Skala
Polichnitou
29
Nov.
  

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OSPREY Pandion haliaetus sPM



 Occurs on passage Mar–May and Sept–Oct.  Spring
Singles
over
Mesa
Wetlands
and
Kalloni
Saltpans
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
Kalloni
Saltpans
25
Apr
(I
Kinley
&

 D
Thexton)
and
Dipi
Larisos
2
May
(B
Buckler
et
al).
 Autumn
Singles
Kalloni
Saltpans
3
&
9
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy)
and
Christou
(Kamares)
River
30
Sept
(C
Gittins).
   EUROPEAN HONEY‐BUZZARD Pernis apivorus rMB,
cPM
 Occurs on passage Apr–May and Aug–Oct. Small numbers breed.  Very
few
reported.
 Spring
1
Meladia
Valley
6
May
(B
Buckler
et
al);
2
Madaros
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
1
Faneromeni
15
May

 (M
Sveikutis);
1
Lardia
Valley
17
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
nr
Ipsilou
24
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
displaying
male
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
27
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
and

 1
Napi
Valley
1
Jun
(K
H
Christmann
&
E
Wendt).
 Autumn
6
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos)
11
Sept
(T
Robinson);
1
Skala
Kallonis
11
Sept
(S
&
C
Darbyshire);
3
Palia
Vigla
 (Polichnitos)
12
Sept
(T
Robinson);
17
Skala
Kallonis
13
Sept
(S
&
C
Darbyshire);
1
Lafionas
(Petra)
19
Sept
(C
Gittins);
 and
4
Kalloni
Saltpans
21
Sept
(M
Snelling).
   BLACK KITE Milvus migrans sPM
 Surprisingly only a handful of records noted most years Mar–May and Aug–Oct.   First winter period
A
wintering
bird
Polichnitos
Saltpans
and
surrounding
area
31
Jan
–
7
Apr

(T
Robinson)
is
the
first
 ever
winter
record.
 Spring
2
Makara
2
May
(R
Thorpe
et
al);
1
Perasma
and
Kavaki
3
May
(P
Edlin
et
al);
and
2
Meladia
Valley
(S
P
Dudley
 et
al).
 Autumn
2
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos)
12
Sept
(T
Robinson).


First‐winter Black Kite,
Polichnitos
Saltpans
and
surrounding
area,
February
2009
©
Terry
Robinson


WHITE‐TAILED EAGLE Haliaeetus albicilla V
*
|
1
|
6
(6)
 One
record
(accepted
by
LBRC):
a
sub‐adult
north
along
the
Tsiknias
River
Valley
2
May
(I
&
S
Bambrough
&

 S
P
Dudley).
The
sixth
record
for
the
island.
   EGYPTIAN VULTURE Neophron percnopterus V
*
|
1
|
11
(12)
 One
record
(accepted
by
LBRC):
a
sub‐adult
at
the
Vouvaris
River
mouth
2
May
(T
Robinson).
11th
record.
 2005
One
record:
1
Vafios‐Mt
Lepetimnos
9
May
(D
Walbridge).


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GRIFFON VULTURE Gyps fulvus V
*
|
1
|
11
(11)
 A surprisingly rare bird on the island.  One
record
(accepted
by
LBRC):
a
bird
present
26‐28
Apr
was
first
seen
over
Eresos
on
the
26th
(Limosa
group)
and
 then
seen
the
following
two
days
around
the
old
dead
goat
pit
at
Madaros
(P
&
V
Manning,
D
&
B
Bradnum
et
al).
 The
11th
record
for
the
island.
   SHORT‐TOED EAGLE
Circaetus gallicus sMB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed across the island. Seen on passage Apr–May and Aug–Oct. Occasional winter records.   Despite
being
seen
daily,
relatively
few
records
received.
 Spring
Reported
daily
17
Apr
–
24
May
with
max.
5+
Ipsilou
28
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
5+
Kalloni
Raptor
 Watchpoint
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
 Breeding
Likely
breeding
birds
seen
Potamia,
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint,
nr
Mesotopos,
Lardia
Valley,
Mt
 Lepetimnos,
Ipsilou.
A
bird
seen
at
a
nest
in
Achladeri
Forest.
 Autumn
1‐2
reported
14
Jul
–
21
Sept
from
various
sites
inc.
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos),
 Mesotopos,
Eresos,
Vafios
and
Ipsilou.
   MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus cPM
 Regularly seen Mar–May with smaller numbers Aug–Oct. Occasional winter records.  Spring Recorded
28
Mar
–
13
May
from
many
localities.
Max.
5+
Kalloni
Saltpans
area
25
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 Autumn
South
over
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos)
on
12th
(5)
&
13th
(2)
Sept;
55+
Skala
Kallonis
13
Sept
(S
&
C
Darbyshire);
 10+
over
Sikaminia
20
Sept
(S
&
C
Darbyshire);
2
over
Ipsilou
21
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
and
1
over
Kalloni
Saltpans

 22
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   HEN HARRIER Circus cyaneus sW,
sPM
 Small numbers Nov–Apr, with passage birds Mar–May.  First winter period Polichnitos
Saltpans,
a
male
on
6
Jan
(also
seen
Alikoudi
Pool
same
day)
and
ring‐tails
on
12
dates
 9
Jan
–
17
Mar,
with
two
birds
seen
on
28
Feb
(all
T
Robinson).
 
 Spring A
ring‐tail
along
the
Christou
(Kamares)
River
23
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group).
 Second
winter period Single
ring‐tails
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
2,
25
&
27
Dec
(T
Robinson).
   PALLID HARRIER Circus macrourus sPM
 Small numbers Mar–Apr. Very rare in autumn.  Spring
A
ring‐tail
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
20
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD),
with
single
ring‐tails
there
 (per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
and
around
the
Tsiknias
River
mouth
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
on
24
Apr
with
 the
latter
around
the
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
surrounding
area
to
28
Apr
(MO).
A
second
bird,
a
first‐summer
male,
in
 the
Kalloni
Saltpans/Lotzaria/Tsiknias
River
mouth
area
seen
on
25,
27
&
29
Apr
and
4
May
(MO).
A
ring‐tail
nr
Ipsilou
 26
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
and
a
female
Meladia
River
28
Apr
(Limosa
group).
 Autumn
An
adult
male
south
near
Sikaminia
20
Sept
(S
&
C
Darbyshire).    MONTAGU’S HARRIER Circus pygargus cPM
 Common in spring Mar–May with small numbers Sept–Oct.  A
very
poor
year.
 Spring
Singles
recorded
on
only
15
dates
4
Apr
–
5
May
across
the
centre
and
west
of
the
island
with
3
Kalloni
 Saltpans
and
surrounding
area
23‐25
Apr
(MO)
and
a
max.
count
of
4
Meladia
Valley
29
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 Autumn
Singles
south
over
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos)
12
&
14
Sept
(T
Robinson)
and
Metochi
Lake
19
Sept

 (S
P
Dudley
et
al).


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LEVANT SPARROWHAWK Accipiter brevipes sPM,
?rMB?
 Small numbers Apr–May, with smaller numbers Aug–Sept.   A
very
poor
year.
 Spring
1
Tsiknias
River
24
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Kalloni
27
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
male
 Faneromeni
1
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
2
Faneromeni
3
May
(P
&
V
Manning);
1
nr
Petra
4
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
5+
Faneromeni
4
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Ipsilou
4
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
male
and
female
Faneromeni
5
May
(P
&
V
Manning;
I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
and
a
male
Ipsilou

 5
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   EURASIAN SPARROWHAWK Accipiter nisus rRB,
cW,
sPM
 A handful of pairs almost certainly breed. Common Sept–Mar. Passage noted Mar–Apr and Aug–Oct.  First winter period 1‐2
recorded
from:
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
Potamia
Valley;
Almyropotamia
River
(Vatera);
Vourkou
 River.
 Spring
1‐2
recorded
from
Agia
Paraskevi;
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
Kalloni
Saltpans;
Kavaki;
Tsiknias
River
and
Kalloni
 Raptor
Watchpoint.
 Autumn
1‐2
recorded
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)

;
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos)
and
Ipsilou.
 Second winter period
Singles
reported
regularly
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
and
3
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)

 15
Nov.
   GOSHAWK Accipiter gentilis sRB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed across the island. Passage noted Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  Relatively
few
records
received.
 Spring
Seen
regularly
from
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint;
including
displaying
birds;
during
Apr
and
May
(MO)
with
max.
 4
seen
on
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).

 Autumn
1
near
Vafios
19
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
singles
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
30
Sept
and
12;
20;
22
&
24
Oct

 (T
Robinson)
and
Almyropotamia
River
(Vatera)
15
Nov
(T
Robinson).
 
 COMMON BUZZARD
Buteo buteo sRB,
cW,
sPM
 Small numbers breed across the island. Common Nov–Mar. Passage noted Mar–Apr and Aug–Oct.  First winter period Recorded
from
Almyropotamia
River
(Vatera)
max.
8
on
19
Jan;
Vourkou
River;
Potamia
Valley;
 Christou
(Kamares)
River
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans.
 Spring/Summer Recorded
from
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)

max.
7
on
2
Mar;
Alikoudi
Pool;
Dimitrios;
Ipsilou;
 Napi
Valley;
Nifida;
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos);
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
Potamia
Valley;
Sideras;
Sigri;
Faneromeni
and
 Vouvaris
River
mouth.
No
confirmed
breeding.
 Autumn
1‐2
recorded
from
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera);
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
Korakas;
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
Palia
 Vigla
(Polichnitos).
  Second winter period 1‐2
recorded
from
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
max.
4
on
15
Nov;
Polichnitos
Saltpans
and
 Alikoudi
Pool.
 
 LONG‐LEGGED BUZZARD Buteo rufinus sRB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed across the island. Passage Mar–Apr and Aug–Oct.   First winter period 1‐2
recorded
from
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans.
 Spring/Summer 1‐3
recorded
from
Agra;
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)

;
Alikoudi
Pool;
Eresos;
Faneromeni;
Ipsilou;
 Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint;
Kalloni
Saltpans
(and
surrounds);
Lardia
Valley;
Madaros;
Makara;
Mesotopos;
Metochi
 Lake;
Napi
Valley;
Perasma;
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
Potamia
Valley;
Sigri
area
and
Tsiknias
River
valley.
 Autumn
Singles
reported
from
Ipsilou;
Kalloni
Saltpans/Tsiknias
River
area;
Metochi
Lake
and
Perasma.  Second winter period 1‐2
recorded
from
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans.


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LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE Aquila pomarina rPM
 Recorded most years in May.  Two
records:
singles
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
3
May
and
between
Ipsilou
and
Sigri
4
May
(both
per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 
 STEPPE EAGLE Aquila nipalensis V
*
|
0
|
1
(1)
 2008
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
a
sub‐adult
near
Efthalou
26
Apr
(I
&
S
Bambrough
&
S
P
Dudley).

The
first
 accepted
record
for
Lesvos
   EASTERN IMPERIAL EAGLE Aquila heliaca V
*
|
2
|
10
(11)
 Spring
Three
records
(accepted
by
LBRC):
a
sub‐adult
south
near
Efthalou
3
May
(photo:
I
&
S
Bambrough
&

S
P
 Dudley);
a
sub‐adult
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
7
May
(I
Pitts
et
al)
was
seen
twice
within
an
hour
and
may
be
the
 same
bird
as
seen
at
Efthalou
(above);
two
birds
north
over
Aghia
Ioannis
8
May
(photo:
P
Solley
et
al).
These
are
the
 9th
to
11th
records.
 Autumn
A
bird
distantly
over
Achladeri
Forest
20
Sept
was
probably
this
species
but
remains
unconfirmed
(photo:
J
&
 A
Humphreys).
   GOLDEN EAGLE Aquila chrysaetos rPM
|
3
|
18
(21+)
 Passage birds Apr–May and Sept.  Three
records:
single
birds
seen
Potamia
Valley
25
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
Ioannou
Valley
7
May
 (S
P
Dudley);
and
nr
Petra
11
May
(P
Edlin)
are
the
16th‐18th
records.
 2003
One
record:
1
Efthalou
20
May
(D
Walbridge).
   BONELLI’S EAGLE Hieraaetus fasciatus rPM
 Passage birds Apr–May.  Two
records:
1
Eresos/Ipsilou
26
Apr;
1
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
4
May
(both
per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).

   BOOTED EAGLE Hieraaetus pennatus sPM
 Recorded most years Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring Two
records: Single
birds
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
and
Mesa
Wetlands
6
May
(P
&
N
Preston)
and
Lardia
 Valley
8
May
(I
Pitts
et
al).
 Autumn Single
birds
Napi
Valley
19
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
Platania
21
Sept
(P
&
J
Hayes).
 
 LESSER KESTREL Falco naumanni sMB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed on offshore islands at Sigri and possibly other offshore islands. Most common in the west of the  island. Also recorded on passage Apr‐May and Sept.  Despite
good
numbers
of
birds
and
a
popular
species;
very
few
records
received.
 Spring Recorded
20
Apr
–
17
May
from:
Sigri
and
Faneromeni
area;
Ipsilou;
the
Petrified
Forest;
Perasma
Reservoir;
 Makara;
Meladia
Valley
and
Lardia
Valley.
Max.
20+
on
three
dates:
Faneromeni
26
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum),
1
May
(S
P
 Dudley
et
al)
&
8
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
No
confirmed
breeding
records.
 Autumn
2‐3
Kalloni
Saltpans;
Lotzaria
and
Tsiknias
River
area
14‐24
Sept
(MO)
and
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
20‐21
Sept
 (S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   COMMON KESTREL Falco tinnunculus sRB
 A surprisingly scarce species with small numbers breeding across the island.  1‐2
recorded
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans;
Alikoudi
Pool;
Kalloni
Saltpans;
Lotzaria;
Tsiknias
River;
Almiropotamos
River
 (Lisvorio);
Perasma
and
Napi
Valley.


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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

RED‐FOOTED FALCON Falco vespertinus cPM
 On passage Apr‐May with smaller numbers Aug‐Oct.   Very
few
records
received.
 Spring Recorded
19
Apr
–
22
May
from
Tsiknias
River;
Kalloni
Saltpans;
Lotzaria;
Alykes
Wetlands;
Napi
Valley;
 Faneromeni;
Madaros;
Meladia
Valley;
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio)
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans.
Max.
a
flock
of
51
 Faneromeni
26
Apr
(S
Chalmers,
S
P
Dudley,
D
&
J
Nurney).
Only
other
double
figure
count
12
Faneromeni
6
May

 (B
Buckler
et
al).
 Autumn 1
Meladia
Valley
2
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy);
23
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos)
14
Sept
(T
Robinson);
singles
 Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
15,
25
&
30
Sept
(T
Robinson);
up
to
7
Kalloni
Saltpans/Lotzaria
area
19‐24
Sept
(M
Snelling;

 S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   ELEONORA’S FALCON Falco eleonorae sPM,
?rMB?
 
 On passage Apr‐May and Sept‐Oct. Thought to breed  on offshore islands off Sigri.  Spring Recorded
25
Apr
–
26
May
from
Kavaki;
 Vatera;
Ipsilou;
Eresos;
Aghia
Ioannis;
Lardia
Valley;
 Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio);
Achladeri
Forest;
Dipi
 Larisos;
Agra;
Agios
Fokas;
Molivos;
Kalloni
Raptor
 Watchpoint;
Skoutaros;
Skalochori;
Aghia
Taxiarchis;
 Tsiknias
River;
and
Sigri.
Max.
10
Skoutaros
8
May

 (S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
 Autumn
Seen
at
Stipsi
9
Sept;
Kalloni
Saltpans
18
 Sept;
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
19
Sept;
Ipsilou
(2)
 21
&
25
Sept;
Pithariou
Reservoir
23
Sept;
and
Palia
 Vigla
(Polichnitos)
3
Oct.
 
 

Eleonora’s Falcon;
Aghia
Taxiarchis,
May
2009

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Steve
Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding


 


 EURASIAN HOBBY
Falco subbuteo sPM,
?rMB?
 Small numbers seen on passage Apr‐May and Sept‐Oct.  Spring Recorded
(all
singles)
22
Apr
–
7
May
from
Napi
Valley,
Kalloni
Saltpans,
Christou
(Kamares)
River,
Metochi
 Lake,
Ipsilou,
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
Kavaki,
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
and
Aghia
Ioannis.
 Autumn
Singles
seen
at:
Mesa
Wetlands
3
Sept;
Palia
Vigla
(Polichnitos)
14
Sept;
Potamia
Valley
22
Sept;
and
Skala
 Vasilikon
22
Sept.
   LANNER FALCON Falco biarmicus ?rRB?
 A couple of records most years. Greek birds belong to the race F. b. feldeggii (BoG).  Spring
Two
records:
an
immature
recorded
from
Mesa
Wetlands,
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
Napi
Valley
18
Apr
–
10
May

 (T
Robinson
et
al)
and
an
adult
seen
at
Sigri,
Faneromeni
and
Ipsilou
25
Apr
–
13
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
was
seen
to
 take
a
Jackdaw
at
Sigri
Castle
and
a
Little
Bittern
at
Faneromeni.
 
 PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus sRB,
sW
 Small numbers breed across the island with increased numbers in winter Nov‐Mar. Greek breeding birds belong to the  race F. p. brookei with nominate P. p. peregrinus occurring on passage (BoG).  Records
of
1‐2
throughout
the
year
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
Ipsilou,
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio),
Kavaki,



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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

Christou
(Kamares)
River,
Tsiknias
River,
Lotzaria,
Kalloni
Saltpans,
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint,
Metochi
Lake,
Potamia
 Valley
and
Filia.
 Breeding
One
breeding
site
found
at
Vourkou
River
(T
Robinson).
 
 WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus rRB,
rW,
rPM
 Small numbers breed (e.g. Dipi Larisos) but most usually encountered late winter and spring Mar‐May.  One
record:
a
single
bird
at
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio)
on
1
Jan
(T
Robinson).
 
 CORNCRAKE Crex crex V
*
|
0
|
17
(49
–
inc.
34
hunted
birds
 2008
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
2
first‐year
(1CY)
 birds
found
shot
dead
Akrotiri
28
Sept
(M
Kapiotas,

 I
Peeters‐Lenglet,
I
Peeters‐Lenglet).
 2005
One
record
(submitted
to
HRC):
one
seen
taking
 tadpoles
at
Faneromeni
Upper
Ford
in
8
May
(photo:
 D
Walbridge
&
R
Wilkins).          
Corncrake
wading
in
river
to
feed
on
tadpoles,
 Faneromeni,
May
2005
©
Duncan
Walbridge 


 LITTLE CRAKE Porzana parva sSP,
rAP,
?rW?
 Recorded at most wetlands with cover Mar–May. Occasionally recorded Aug–Oct. Some may winter.  Lower
than
average
numbers
reported.
 Spring Up
to
4
Metochi
Lake
17
Apr
–
3
May
(MO);
singles
at
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio)
24
Apr
(T
Robinson);
 Skala
Kallonis
Pool
1
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
and
the
flooded
fields
by
the
entrance
to
Kalloni
Saltworks
7
May
(per
 Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 Autumn
1
Metochi
Lake
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy).
   BAILLON’S CRAKE Porzana pusilla rSP
|
2
|
16
(19)
 
 The rarest of the crakes now recorded most years.  Two
records:
1
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
28
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
2
Metochi
Lake
on
at
least
6
May
(MO).
   SPOTTED CRAKE
Porzana porzana sPM
 A handful of records each Apr‐May. One autumn  record.  Four
records:
singles
Metochi
Lake
17‐20
Apr

 (T
Robinson
et
al)
and
1
May
(SP
Dudley
et
al);
 Faneromeni
Upper
Ford
26
Apr
–
1
May
(D
&
B
 Bradnum
et
al);
and
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
1
May

 (S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 
 

Spotted Crake,
Faneromeni,
April
2009

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MOORHEN
Gallinula chloropus sRB,
sW
 Small numbers breed.  Recorded
throughout
the
year
at
Metochi
Lake
(2
prs
bred;
5
juvs
seen);
Vergias
River
(Skala
Eresou)
(at
least
one
 pair
bred,
3
juvs
seen)
and
Pithariou
Reservoir
(at
least
one
pr
bred,
3
juvs
seen).
Also
seen
at
Skala
Vasilikon;
 Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio);
Potamia
Valley
and
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera).
Max.
17
Metochi
Lake
17
Apr

 (T
Robinson).
 
 COOT Fulica atra rMB,
sW
 Varying numbers occur in winter with occasional pairs staying on to breed.  All
records:
Potamia
Reservoir
Jan,
Apr;
May
&
Nov
with
max.
142
on
1
Jan
(T
Robinson);
2
Almyropotamos
River
 (Vatera)
4
&
19
Jan;
2
Mesa
Wetlands
10
Jan;
1
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
10
Jan;
3
Metochi
Lake
10
Jan;
and
1
Skala
 Vasilikon
3
Feb.
   COMMON CRANE Grus grus rPM
|
1
|
7+
(23+)
 One
record:
3
over
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
4
Nov
(T
Robinson).
The
first
record
since
2003.
   EURASIAN STONE‐CURLEW Burhinus oedicnemus sMB;
sPM
 Small numbers breed inc. the Kalloni area (inc. Saltpans). Passage Feb–Apr and Aug–Oct. Flocks can be encountered in  autumn.  Recorded
17
Apr
–
30
Sept
from
Tsiknias
River,
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
breeding),
Alykes
Wetlands
(inc.
breeding),
 Polichnitos
Saltpans
(inc.
breeding),
Lotzaria
(inc.
breeding),
Christou
(Kamares)
River
and
Achladeri.
   OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus ostralegus sW,
sSP
 Small numbers occur in winter and spring Sept–May.  One
record:
a
single
bird
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
23
Mar
(T
Robinson).
   BLACK‐WINGED STILT Himantopus himantopus sMB,
cPM
 Small numbers breed (e.g.saltpans). Also passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  Recorded
17
Mar
–
24
Sept
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
Kalloni
Saltpans,
Alykes
Wetlands,
Nifida
and
Christou
 (Kamares)
River.
At
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
count
of
127
birds
on
1
Aug
(T
Robinson).

 Breeding
At
Polichnitos
Saltpans
16
nests
observed
with
a
min.
of
43
young
seen
on
9
Jul
(T
Robinson).
Breeding
 behaviour
observed
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
but
not
proved.

   AVOCET Recurvirostra avosetta sMB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed (e.g. saltpans). Also passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct. Occasionally over‐winters.  Recorded
throughout
the
year
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
with
a
max.

count
of
144
on
9‐10
Sept
(T
Robinson).
At
Kalloni
 Saltpans
max.
288
on
4
Apr
(T
Robinson).
Also
recorded
at
Alykes
Wetlands.
 Breeding
At
Polichnitos
Saltpans
several
pairs
bred
raising
at
least
10
young
   NORTHERN LAPWING Vanellus vanellus sW
 Small numbers Oct–Mar.  Singles
recorded
as
follows:
Kalloni
Saltpans
1
Jan;
Polichnitos
Saltpans
13
Mar;
2
Nov;
12
Nov
&
21
Dec
(T
Robinson);
 and
Potamia
Valley
20
Sept
(S
&
C
Darbyshire).
 
 SPUR‐WINGED PLOVER Vanellus spinosus sPM
 Usually single birds seen Mar–Mar; rarely Aug–Sept.  Three
records:
one
in
the
Kalloni
Saltpans;
Tsiknias
River
and
Alykes
Wetlands
area
22
Apr
–
23
Apr
(T
Robinson
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al);


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another
Alykes
Wetlands
1
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
and
a
third
bird
on
the
floods
opposite
the
Kalloni
Saltworks
 entrance
13‐20
May
(MO).
 
 DOTTEREL
Charadrius morinellus V
*
|
0
|
1
(1)
 2008
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
one
Polichnitos
Saltpans
(photo:
T
Robinson)
is
the
first
confirmed
record
for
the
 island
(HRC
08).
   EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER Pluvialis apricaria sW;
rPM
 Small numbers Oct–Mar. On passage Mar–Apr and Sept–Oct.  One
record:
2
Mesa
Wetlands
16
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell).
   GREY PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola sW,
sPM
 Small numbers Mar–Apr and Sept–Oct.  All
records:
3
Kalloni
Saltpans
10
Jan
(T
Robinson);
2
Tsiknias
River
mouth
and
Kalloni
Saltpans
18‐19
Apr
(T
Robinson
 et
al);
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
May
(T
Robinson);
1
Kalloni
Saltpans
4‐5
May
(MO);
10
Kalloni
Saltpans
6
May
(S
P
 Dudley
et
al)
with
8
there
on
7
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
1
Alykes
Wetlands
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
and
2
flooded
 fields
opposite
Kalloni
Saltworks
entrance
20
May
(MO).
 
 RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula sPM
 Occurs Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring Recorded
on
24
dates
between
6
Apr
–
28
May
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
29
on
11
May;
Alykes
Wetlands
 max.
12
on
12
May;
and
Kalloni
Saltpans
max.
2
on
20
Apr.

 Autumn
Recorded
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
19
Aug
–
21
Oct
with
max.
4
on
29
Sept.
   LITTLE RINGED PLOVER Charadrius dubius sMB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed along rivers and also on passage Mar–May and Aug–Sept.  Recorded
9
Mar
–
21
Nov.
Displaying
birds
observed
at
Alykes
Wetlands;
Tsiknias
River;
Christou
(Kamares)
River;
 Polichnitos
Saltpans
(young
seen).
Max.
10
Polichnitos
Saltpans
3
May
(T
Robinson).
Also
recorded
from
Makara,
 Kalloni
Saltpans,
Vourkou
River,
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera),
Dipi
Larisos,
and
Nifida.
   KENTISH PLOVER Charadrius alexandrinus sRB,
sPM
 Breeds around saltpans; drier areas of marshes; etc. Also passage Apr–May and Sept–Oct.  Recorded
throughout
the
year
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
81
on
5
Nov.
Also
recorded
from
Christou
(Kamares)
 River,
Vouvaris
River
mouth,
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
Mesa
Wetlands.
 Breeding
Confirmed
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
were
10+
young
were
seen
(4
trapped
and
ringed)
(T
Robinson);
Vouvaris
 River
mouth
and
Kalloni
Saltpans.
   GREAT SNIPE Gallinago media rPM
*
|
1
|
10+
(12+)
 A near‐annual passage migrant.  One
record
(accepted
by
LBRC):
1
Haramida
Marsh
7
May
(S
P
Dudley).

 Two
other
reports
(observers
unknown):
Polichnitos
Saltpans
25
Apr
and
Tsiknias
River
28
Apr.
 


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COMMON SNIPE Gallinago gallinago cW,
sPM
 Occurs Aug–May.  All
records:
1
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio)
2
Apr
(T
Robinson);
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
7
Apr
(T
Robinson);
1
Christou
 (Kamares)
River
18
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
2
Kalloni
Saltpans
20
Apr
(T
Robinson
et
al);
1
Faneromeni
21
Apr

 (J
&
S
Maskell);
1
Kalloni
Saltpans
23
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
1
flooded
fields
opposite
Kalloni
Saltworks
 entrance
24‐25
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
1‐2
Metochi
Lake
4‐19
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy
et
al);
and
1
Polichnitos
 Saltpans
21‐22
Dec
(T
Robinson).
   BLACK‐TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa sSP
 Occurs on larger wetlands and rivers Apr–May.  All
records:
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
1
from
20‐26
Mar,
1‐2
there
3‐10
Apr
(T
Robinson)
and
25
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum);
 Kalloni
Saltpans,
31
on
4
Apr
(T
Robinson),
1
on
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
6
on
28
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton).
   BAR‐TAILED GODWIT Limosa lapponica rSP
 One
record:
3
Polichnitos
Saltpans
14
Jul
(T
Robinson).
   EURASIAN CURLEW Numenius arquata sW,
rPM
 Small numbers Aug–Mar.  All
records
(T
Robinson
unless
stated):
Vouvaris
River
mouth
1
on
1
Jan
&
28
Mar;
Tsiknias
River
mouth
1
on
10
Jan
&

 28
Mar;
2
on
17‐18
Apr
and
1
on
18
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
Kalloni
Saltpans
3
on
10
Jan;
1
on
4
Apr
and
4
on
18
Sept
 (S
P
Dudley
et
al);
Christou
(Kamares)
River
2
on
18
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
on
25
Jun;

 1
on
17
Sept;
1
&
3
Oct
and
27
Nov.
   SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus sPM,
rW
 Small numbers Mar–May and Aug–Oct. Occasionally over‐winters.  All
records:
singles
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
on
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
29‐30
Apr
(2)
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton
et
al);
30
Apr

 (S
P
Dudley
et
al);
16‐18
May
(T
Robinson
et
al);
singles
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
28
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
25
Sept
 (P
&
J
Hayes);
17
Oct
(T
Robinson)
and
15
Nov
(T
Robinson).



COMMON REDSHANK Tringa totanus cW,
sPM
 Occurs mainly Aug–Mar, with smaller numbers Apr–May.  Polichnitos
Saltpans,
recorded
in
all
months
with
max.
139
on
24
Sept
(T
Robinson).
1‐2
Kalloni
Saltpans
in
the
main
 birding
weeks
in
Apr‐May
and
Sept.
Also
seen
at
Almiropotamos
(Lisvorio),
Christou
(Kamares)
and
Tsiknias
Rivers.
 
 MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis sPM
 Small numbers move through the island Mar–May and Aug–Sept.  Spring
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounding
flooded
fields)
8
on
8
Apr
(T
Robinson)
and
2
on
2
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD),
singles
22‐23
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group),
30
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
5‐8
May
(I
Kinley
&

 D
Thexton
et
al).
 Autumn
Polichnitos
Saltpans
Sept
1
on
4th,
2
on
6th,
singles
15‐17th
and
21st,
2
on
22nd;
Oct
1
on
10‐11th
and
3
on
 14th
(all
T
Robinson).
Kalloni
Saltpans
Sept
1
on
21st
(C
Gittins)
and
2
on
22nd
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 
 GREENSHANK
Tringa nebularia sPM,
sW
 Small numbers move through the island Mar–May and Aug–Sept. Small numbers over‐winter.  First winter period 3
Christou
(Kamares)
River
10
Jan
(T
Robinson).
 Spring
Polichnitos
Saltpans
recorded
from
19
Mar
and
present
daily
into
Jun
with
max.
4
on
9
Apr

 (T
Robinson).
Kalloni
Saltpans
(and
surrounding
flooded
fields)
4‐29
Apr
with
max.
8
on
29
Apr
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RSPB


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Group).
Also
1
Tsiknias
River
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
 Summer
Present
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
with
max.
24
on
3
Aug
(T
Robinson).
 Autumn
Present
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
with
double
figure
counts
regularly
during
Sept
to
17
Oct
with
 max.
23
on
18
Sept,
then
1‐4
regularly
to
the
year
end
with
max.
10
on
16
Nov
(all
T
Robinson).

   GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus sW,
sPM
 Occurs mainly Oct–Mar, with passage Apr–May and Jul–Sept.   First winter period 1
Christou
(Kamares)
River
10
Jan
(T
Robinson).
 Spring
Singles
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
5‐6
Mar
and
24‐25
Mar
(T
Robinson),
27
Apr
and
2
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
 Tsiknias
River
2
on
19
Apr
and
singles
on
22
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
and
9
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
1
Metochi
 Lake
21
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
1
Faneromeni
21
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell);
and
1
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounding
 flooded
fields)
2
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton).
 Autumn
2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
21
Aug
(T
Robinson)
and
1
Metochi
Lake
22
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 
 WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola cPM
 Very common on all water areas Mar–May with smaller numbers Jul–Sept.  Spring Recorded
26
Mar
–
26
May
from:
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
max.
111
on
28
Apr
(T
Robinson);
Kalloni
 Saltpans
18
Apr
–
4
May
max.
150+
on
20
Apr
(T
Robinson);
1
Mesa
Wetlands
28
Mar;
3
Almiropotamos
River
 (Lisvorio)
2
Apr;
1
Nifida
5
Apr;
1
Alikoudi
Pool
13
Apr;
4
Faneromeni
21
Apr
20+
Christou
(Kamares)
River
24
Apr;
and
 5
Dipi
Larisos
28
Apr.
 Autumn
Recorded
only
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
10
Jul
–
26
Sept
with
max.
21
on
30
Aug
(T
Robinson).
   TEREK SANDPIPER Xenus cinereus V
*
|
1
|
5
(5 
 One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
one
at
Polichnitos
 Saltpans
13
May
(photo:
W
Lopau,
T
Robinson,
S
P
&
 E
F
Dudley:
HRC
09
in
prep)
is
only
the
fifth
record
for
 the
island.
 2003:
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
an
adult
Skala
   Kallonis
10
May
(video:
S
Pogson:
HRC
08).
 

Record
shot
of
Terek Sandpiper,
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
 May
2009
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Steve
Dudley

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  COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos sPM,
rW
 Small numbers Mar–May and Aug–Oct. Occasionally over‐winters.  First winter period
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
14
Feb
(T
Robinson).
 Spring
1‐2
recorded
8
Apr
–
22
May
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
Dipi
Larisos,
Tsiknias
River,
Makara,
Mesa
Wetlands,
 Vourkou
River,
Alykes
Wetlands,
Sigri
and
Faneromeni.

 Autumn
An
early
returning
bird
on
22
Jun
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
then
recorded
from
here
to
21
Oct.
Max.
8
on
4
Aug
 (all
T
Robinson).

 Second winter period
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
30
Nov
and
8
Dec
(T
Robinson).
   TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres sPM
 Small numbers Mar–May and Aug–Sept.  Spring
2
Tsiknias
River
mouth
29
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
in
May
seen
on
3rd
(1),
6th
(4),
9th‐ 10th
(2),
13th‐15th
(3),
16th
‐17th
(1),
21st
(3),
22nd
(1)
and
30th
(1)
(all
T
Robinson).

 Autumn
Seen
only
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
with
singles
on
8
&
13‐14
Aug
(T
Robinson).
 

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RED KNOT Calidris canutus V
*
|
0
|
2
(2)
 The first two records for the island recently accepted by HRC.
 2008
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
an
adult
Polichnitos
Saltpans
3
Sept
07
(photo:
T
Robinson:
HRC
08).

 2007
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
an
adult
Kalloni
Saltpans
23
Apr
05
(S
P
Dudley
&
D
McDonald:
HRC
08).
   SANDERLING Calidris alba sPM
 Small numbers seen Mar–May and Aug–Sept.  Spring
10
Tsiknias
River
mouth
22
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell)
with
6
there
on
24
Apr
(Limosa
group);
singles
Mesa
Wetlands
 24
Apr
(I
KInley
&
D
Thexton)
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans
25
Apr
(T
Robinson)
and
6
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
 Log/SPD);
9
Tsiknias
River
mouth
19
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
19
May

 (T
Robinson).
 Autumn
Singles
Polichnitos
Saltpans
25
Sept
(P
&
J
Hayes)
and
3
Oct
(T
Robinson).
   LITTLE STINT Calidris minuta cPM
 Occurs Apr–May, occasionally in large numbers Apr–May, with smaller number Jul–Oct. Some over‐winter.  First winter period
Recorded
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
with
max.
89
on
7
Jan
(T
Robinson)
and
a
single
at
 Christou
(Kamares)
River
on
10
Jan
(T
Robinson).
 Spring Recorded
through
to
18
Jun
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
141
on
7
May
(T
Robinson);
Kalloni
Saltpans
(and
 surrounded
flooded
fields
and
Alykes
Wetlands)
max.
100+
on
21
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
and
up
 to
10
Mesa
Wetlands,
Christou
(Kamares)
River
and
Tsiknias
River.
 Autumn
Recorded
from
17
Jul
with
a
max.
161
Polichnitos
Saltpans
11
Oct
(T
Robinson).

 Second winter period
Recorded
throughout
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
with
max.
93
on
29
Dec
(T
Robinson).
   TEMMINCK’S STINT Calidris temminckii cPM
 Occurs Apr–May with smaller numbers Aug–Sept.  Spring
Kalloni
Saltpans
3
on
20
Apr
(T
Robinson
et
al)
and
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
1
on
27
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton)
 and
5
on
3
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
in
Apr
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
5
on
23rd
(T
Robinson),
1
on
24th,
7
on
26th
 (Limosa
group)
and
3
on
30th,
in
May
singles
on
7th,
15th‐17th
&
20th;
1
Christou
(Kamares)
River
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
 et
al);
1‐4
Tsiknias
River
4‐6
May
(MO);
and
2
Alykes
Wetlands
12
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).

 Autumn
4
Polichnitos
Saltpans
26
Sept
(C
Gittins).    PECTORAL SANDPIPER Calidris melanotos V
*
|
0
|
1
(1)
 The first record for the island, and only the fourth record for Greece, has recently been accepted by HRC.  
 2008
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
a
juvenile
at
 
 Polichnitos
Saltpans
24
Sept
08
(photo:
T
Robinson,

 S
P
Dudley
&
M
Newell:
Dudley
2009,
HRC
08).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Pectoral Sandpiper,
Polichnitos
Saltpans,

 September
2008
©
Steve
Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding
 
 


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CURLEW SANDPIPER Calidris ferruginea cPM
 Occurs Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring
Recorded
3
Apr
–
8
Jun.
Polichnitos
Saltpans
with
max.
58
on
22
May
(T
Robinson);
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
 surrounding
flooded
fields)
with
max.
31
on
20
Apr
(T
Robinson);
and
6
Tsiknias
River
22
May
(M
&
L
Hunt).
 Autumn
Recorded
only
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
17
Jul
–
27
Sept
with
max.
16
on
28
Aug
(T
Robinson).
   DUNLIN Calidris alpina sW,
sPM
 Occurs Aug–May.  First winter period
Recorded
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
with
max.
89
on
5
Jan.
 Spring
1
Mesa
Wetlands
on
28
Mar;
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
30
Mar
–
24
Apr
with
max.
26
on
1
Apr;
at
Kalloni
 Saltpans
20‐30
Apr
with
max.
5
on
28th.
 Autumn
Recorded
only
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
from
8
Sept
with
max.
69
on
12
Oct.
 Second winter period
Recorded
only
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
with
max.
249
on
24
Dec.
   BROAD‐BILLED SANDPIPER Limicola falcinellus rPM

 Occasionally seen Apr–May and Aug–Sept.   Spring
1‐2
reported
from
Alykes
Wetlands
9‐11
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 Autumn
Singles
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
11,
22
&
25
Aug
and
13
Sept
(T
Robinson).
   RUFF Philomachus pugnax cPM
 Occurs Feb–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring
Recorded
5‐25
May
from:
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
385
on
7
Apr
(T
Robinson);
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
 surrounding
flooded
fields
and
Alykes
Wetlands)
max.
300+
on
4
Apr
(T
Robinson);
6
Mesa
Wetlands
on
28
Mar;
and

 1
Dipi
Larisos
on
28
Apr.
 Autumn
Recorded
10‐25
Sept
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
only
with
max.
9
on
17th.
   RED‐NECKED PHALAROPE Phalaropus lobatus V
*
|
0
|
10
(14)
 A
report
of
one
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
in
May
remains
unconfirmed.
 


 

 

Collared Pratincole,
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
June
2009
©
Terry
Robinson


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COLLARED PRATINCOLE Glareola pratincola cSP
 Good numbers seen on passage across the island Apr‐May.  Spring
Recorded
19
Apr
–
18
May
from:
Kalloni
Saltpans
area
(inc.
surrounding
fields,
Alykes
Wetlands
and
Lotzaria)
 with
max.
50
on
19
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
1
Sigri
and
Faneromeni
fields
29
Apr
–
1
May
(P
&
V
Manning
et
al).
 Summer
Recorded
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
on
25
Jun
(1),
1
Jul
(1)
and
3
Jul
(3)
(T
Robinson).
 
 SLENDER‐BILLED GULL Chroicocephalus genei sW,
sPM
 Occurs in small numbers Oct–Mar. Passage birds Apr–May and Aug–Sept. Few records Jun–Jul.  First winter period
1‐3
Polichnitos
Saltpans
7
Jan
–
2
Feb
(T
Robinson).
 Spring
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
3
Mar
(T
Robinson);
1‐3
Kalloni
Saltpans/Tsiknias
River
area
17‐25
Apr,
with
4
in
same
 area
27‐29
Apr
and
1‐3
to
21
May
(MO);
1
Christou
(Kamares)
River
11
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 Summer
1‐4
adults
Polichnitos
Saltpans
3
Jun
–
31
Jul
(T
Robinson).
 Autumn
Polichnitos
Saltpans
14
Aug
–
21
Nov
(MO)
with
max.
25
on
7
Nov
(T
Robinson);
1
Kalloni
Saltpans
23
Sept

 (S
&
C
Darbyshire).
The
count
of
25
is
the
largest
ever
recorded
on
the
island.
 Second winter period
3‐4
Polichnitos
Saltpans
17‐19
Dec
(T
Robinson).
   BLACK‐HEADED GULL Chroicocephalus ridibundus sW
 Occurs Jul–May.  First winter period
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
Jan
–
10
Feb
with
max.
62
on
1
Jan
(T
Robinson);
6
Potamia
Valley
10
Jan

 (T
Robinson).
 Spring
Polichnitos
Saltpans
8
on
1
Mar
and
23
on
6
Mar
(T
Robinson);
17
Potamia
Valley
28
Mar
(T
Robinson);
1‐4
 Tsiknias
River
mouth
28
Mar‐28
Apr
(MO).
 Summer/Autumn
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
Jul
–
31
Jul
with
max.
349
on
13
Oct
(T
Robinson).
 Second winter period
Polichnitos
Saltpans
48
on
1
Dec,
with
15
on
26th
and
1
on
28th‐31st
(T
Robinson).
   LITTLE GULL Hydrocoloeus minutus sW,
sPM


 Occurs in small numbers Aug–May and Aug–Sept.  Spring
An
adult
and
first‐summer
(2CY)
Polichnitos
Saltpans
28
Mar
(T
Robinson);
1
Tsiknias
River
mouth
21
Apr
(High
 Peak
RSPB
Group);
1‐2
first‐summer
(2CY)
birds
Kalloni
Saltpans
30
Apr
–
5
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton
et
al).
 Autumn
A
single
adult
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
21
Sept
–
2
Oct
(T
Robinson),
a
first‐winter
(1CY)
28
Oct
and
7
Nov

 (T
Robinson).
   AUDOUIN’S GULL Ichthyaetus audouinii rRB
 A rare resident. Breeds on offshore islands. Recorded mainly from along the north coast.  Spring
1‐2
regularly
seen
along
the
north
coast
between
Petra
and
Skala
Sikaminias
(MO).
 Autumn
A
first‐winter
(1CY)
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
11
Nov
(T
Robinson).
   MEDITERRANEAN GULL Ichthyaetus melanocephalus sW,
sPM
 Occurs in reasonable numbers Aug–May, with passage birds Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  First winter period
1‐2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
Jan
–
15
Feb
(T
Robinson).
 Spring
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
Tsiknias
River
mouth
area
4
Apr
–
21
May
(MO)
with
max.
191
on
4
Apr
(T

Robinson);

 8
past
Kavaki
3
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 Summer/Autumn
Polichnitos
Saltpans
30
Jun
–
17
Nov
with
max.
50
on
7
Sept
(T
Robinson)
with
birds
from
here
also
 seen
at
nearby
Skala
Vasilikon
(all
T
Robinson).
 Second winter period
1
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
16
Dec;
16
Vourkou
River
16
Dec;
5
Polichnitos
Saltpans
25
 Dec
(all
T
Robinson).


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COMMON GULL Larus canus V
*

|
1
|
6
(6)
 One
record

(accepted
by
LBRC):
an
immature
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
12
Sept
(R
Lawrence
et
al).
The
sixth
record
for
 the
island.
   YELLOW‐LEGGED GULL Larus michahellis cRB
 Common resident breeding on offshore islands and seen right across the island.  Present
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
the
year
with
max.
monthly
counts
as
follows:
175
on
15
Jan,
113
on
27
 Feb,
66
on
9
Mar,
85
on
29
Apr,
401
on
16
May,
122
on
5
Jun,
626
on
26
Jul,
1091
on
11
Aug,
612
on
9
Sept,
361
on

 4
Oct,
124
on
15
Nov
and
133
on
5
Dec
(T
Robinson).
Also
recorded
from
most
coastal
areas,
Kalloni
Saltpans,
main
 rivers
and
all
reservoirs.
No
breeding
records
received.
 
 GULL‐BILLED TERN Gelochelidon nilotica sSP
 Occurs Apr–May, occasionally in autumn.  Spring
A
single
bird
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
11
Apr
(T
Robinson)
followed
by
18
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
17
Apr

 (J
&
S
Maskell)
and
22
there
19
Apr
(T
Robinson
et
al)
with
another
flock
of
8
at
the
Tsiknias
River
mouth
on
the
same
 date
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
and
15
Tsiknias
River
mouth
24
Apr
(Limosa
group).
A
further
single
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
 25
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton)
with
5
at
the
Tsiknias
River
mouth
on
29
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group).
A
single
bird
on
 the
flood
opposite
the
Kalloni
Saltworks
entrance
2
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
with
another
there
on
7
May
(per
Lesvos
 Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
and
10
Kalloni
Saltpans
7
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton).
Two
birds
were
seen
feeding
along
 the
Sigri
end
of
the
Meladia
Valley
track,
seen
picking
insects
off
the
surface
of
the
track,
on
5
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
 and
one
past
Ipsilou
8
May
(P
&
N
Preston).
One
at
the
Tsiknias
River
mouth
27
May
(M
&
L
Hunt).
 Autumn
One
Kalloni
Saltpans
9‐14
Sept
(I
Smith,
P
O’Daffy,
R
M
&
S
H
Guthrie).
   CASPIAN TERN Hydroprogne caspia sPM
 Occasionally recorded Apr–May and Aug–Sept.  Spring
On
24
Apr
a
single
bird
at
Sigri
(D
&
J
Rhodes)
and
3
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton)
with
2
seen
at
 the
Tsiknias
River
mouth
22
May
(M
&
L
Hunt).
 Autumn
2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
11
Sept
(photo:
J
&
A
Humphreys).


 

 

 

Caspian Terns,
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
September
2009
©
John
&
Ann
Humphreys 

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SANDWICH TERN Thalasseus sandvicensis cW,
sPM
 Occurs Aug–Apr.  First winter period
(all
T
Robinson)
1
Mesa
Wetlands
1
Jan;
6
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio)
6
Jan;
1
Kalloni
Saltpans
 10
Jan;
singles
Polichnitos
Saltpans
20
Jan
and
7
&
17
Feb,
with
4
there
on
23
Feb,
and
further
singles
on
9
&
13
Mar.
 Spring
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
9‐10
Apr
(T
Robinson);
1
Tsiknias
River
mouth
19
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
with
4
 there
on
22
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell);
1
Alikoudi
Pool
27
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
1
Tsiknias
River
mouth
28
Apr
(D
&
B
 Bradnum);
10
Polichnitos
Saltpans
9
May
(R
Nettleton);
1
Tsiknias
River
mouth
12,
18
&
20
May
(MO)
with
6
there
on
 19th
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
and
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
15‐16
May
(T
Robinson).
 Summer/Autumn
Recorded
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
25
May
–
17
Nov
max.
26
on
26
Aug
(T
Robinson).
 Second winter period
Singles
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
19
&
31
Dec
(T
Robinson).
 
 LITTLE TERN Sternula albifrons cMB
 Occurs Apr–Sept.  Recorded
19
Apr
–
11
Sept
from
Polichnitos
and
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
Tsiknias
River
mouth
(all
breeding
sites).

   COMMON TERN Sterna hirundo sMB,
cPM
 Occurs Apr–Sept.  Recorded
13
Apr
–
14
Sept
from
Polichnitos
and
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
breeding)
and
Tsiknias
River
mouth.

   WHISKERED TERN Chlidonias hybrida cPM
 Occurs Apr–May, occasionally Aug–Oct.  Spring
The
first
was
a
single
bird
over
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
on
19
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
with
up
to
36
at
Kalloni
 Saltpans
and
Tsiknias
River
mouth
on
the
same
day
(T
Robinson
et
al)
and
85
(year
max)
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
20
Apr

 (T
Robinson
et
al).
Further
sightings
at
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounding
flooded
fields
and
Alykes
Wetlands)
in
Apr
 on
22nd
(6),
23rd
(2),
24th
(50+),
25th
(4),
27th
(3),
29th
(41)
and
in
May
on
2nd
(3),
11th
(2),
13th
(11),
14th
(22),
 15th–16th
(10),
18th
(1),
20th
(1)
and
26th
(14).
 Autumn
A
juvenile
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
20
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   WHITE‐WINGED BLACK TERN Chlidonias leucopterus cPM
 Occurs Apr–May, occasionally Aug–Oct.  Spring
2
Tsiknias
River
mouth
19
Apr
(T
Robinson
et
al);
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
surrounding
flooded
fields
and
Alykes
 Wetlands)
in
Apr
on
20th
(12)
(T
Robinson
et
al),
23rd
(3),
24th
(5),
25th
(19),
26th–27th
(2),
28th
(30)
(I
Kinley
&

 D
Thexton),
29th
(30+)
(Limosa
group)
and
in
May
on
2nd
(20)
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD),
3rd
(7),
4th
(1)
 and
16th
(2).
   BLACK TERN Chlidonias niger sPM
 The rarest of the marsh terns with small numbers (often singles) occur Apr–May and Aug–Sept.  Spring
18
Kalloni
Saltpans
6
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
with
a
single
bird
there
on
7
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);

 2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
23
May
(T
Robinson).
 Autumn
A
juvenile
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
2‐5
Sept
(T
Robinson).
 
 ROCK DOVE Columba livia sRB
 Small numbers occur around the rockier coastal areas. Feral Pigeon also occurs in the towns.  All
records:
5
at
Faneromeni
21
Apr
(T
Robinson);
11
moving
between
Makara
and
Gabias
Island
27
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
 al);
9
Meladia
Valley
11
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
20+
Faneromeni
17
May
(M
Sveikutis);
9
Meladia
Valley
2
Sept
(I
 Smith
&
P
O’Daffy);
and
17
Makara
19
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).


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WOOD PIGEON Columba palumbus sRB,
sW
 Small numbers breed. Numbers increase with the arrival of winter migrants Oct–Mar.  Only
three
records
received:
1
Kremastes
14
May
(M
Sveikutis);
1
south
near
Vafios
19
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
and

 1
Kalloni
Saltpans
26
Sept
(C
Gittins).
   EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE
Streptopelia turtur cMB,
cPM
 Widespread breeder and passage migrant Apr–Sept.  Recorded
18
Apr
–
25
Sept
from
across
the
island.
Max.
40+
Potamia
Valley
28
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum).
   TURTLE DOVE sp.
Streptopelia sp.
 Winter
1
Potamia
Valley
1
Jan
(T
Robinson)
wasn’t
seen
sufficiently
to
assign
to
species.

   EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE Streptopelia decaocto cRB
 Widespread across the island, mainly around towns and villages.  Present
throughout
at
many
areas
across
the
island.
Max.
44
Mytilini
27
Nov
(T
Robinson).
   GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO Clamator glandarius sSP,
rMB
 Small passage Mar–May. Evidence suggests occasional breeding.   Four
records:
1
Meladia
Valley
20‐25
Apr
(D
&
J
Rhodes
et
al);
1
Faneromeni
22
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
 Log/SPD);
2
near
Mesotopos
22
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
and
1
Perasma
Reservoir
9
May
(per
 Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
   COMMON CUCKOO Cuculus canorus sPM


 Small numbers on passage Apr–May and Aug–Oct. The rufous female form is not uncommon.  Few
records
received:
2
Napi
Valley
22
Apr;
1
Meladia
valley
26
Apr;
1
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium
5
May;
1
Agiasos
12
May;
 and
1
Ipsilou
17
May.
   BARN OWL Tyto alba sRB
 Small numbers breed across the island.  Recorded
from
Skala
Kallonis
in
Apr,
May
and
Sept
(MO)
and
from
Skala
Polichnitou
in
Jul
and
Aug
(T
Robinson).

   SCOPS OWL Otus scops sMB
 Breeds across the island Apr–Jul. More often heard than seen, and birds rarely call after Jun.   Up
to
2
regularly
seen
at
Soumouria,
Kalloni
(Kalloni
Mini
Soccer
Pitch/Scops
Copse)
18
Apr
–
6
May
(MO)
when
the
 remaining
roosting
bird
was
flushed
by
a
photographer
and
no
birds
seen
thereafter.
Calling
birds
also
heard
calling
 from
Achladeri
Forest
18
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell);
Anaxos
27
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
2
Mirsinia
28
May
(K
H
 Christmann
&
E
Wendt);
and
2
Potamia
Valley
31
May
(K
H
Christmann
&
E
Wendt).
 NOTE
This
site
underwent
extensive
tree
thinning
during
May
(not
total
destruction
as
reported
by
some)
and
it
is
 hoped
that
it
will
still
hold
breeding
birds
in
2010.
 
 LITTLE OWL Athene noctua cRB
 Occurs across the island. Breeds in rocky areas and old buildings (especially shepherd buildings).  Reported
from
likely
breeding
sites
across
the
island
inc.
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
Kalloni
Saltpans,
Lotzaria,
Skala
 Kallonis,
Metochi
Lake,
Potamia
Valley,
Meladia
Valley,
north
coast
track
and
Mandamados.
  

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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

LONG‐EARED OWL Asio otus sRB
 Small numbers known to breed across the island.  The
only
records
were
of
a
pair
breeding
at
the
Achladeri
Forest
Krüper’s
Nuthatch
site
at
Kofinas
(T
Robinson
et
al),
 a
female
calling
at
Dimitrios
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
young
heard
calling
at
Mirsinia
28
May
(K
H
Christmann
&

 E
Wendt).
   SHORT‐EARED OWL Asio flammeus rW
 Occasionally recorded Oct–Mar.  One
record:
one
Alykes
Wetlands
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus europaeus sMB,
sPM
 Widespread but scarce Apr–Sept. Breeds in many scrub and scattered forest areas across the island.  A
roosting
migrant
was
found
at
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium
5
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
Three
churring
 birds
heard
at
Mirsinia
28
May
(K
H
Christmann
&
E
Wendt)
and
birds
regularly
heard
and
seen
at
Skala
Polichnitou
 29
May
–
22
Aug
(T
Robinson).
   COMMON SWIFT Apus apus cMB,
cPM
 Occurs Mar–Oct.  The Birds of Greece states that ‘most birds are duller and paler than those of western Europe, tending towards A. a.  pekinensis’ so likely confusion with Pallid Swift is increased.  Recorded
21
Mar
–
25
Sept
from
across
the
island.
Max.
400+
through
Meladia
Valley
2
May
(P
&
V
Manning).
   PALLID SWIFT Apus pallidus sPM
 Small numbers pass through Mar–Apr and Aug–Oct. Common Swift often misidentified (usually in strong sunlight) as  this species. The Birds of Greece states that ‘Pallid Swifts breeding in Greece are darker than west Mediterranean  birds, intermediate between A. p. illyricus and A. p. brehmorum’, coupled with the comment re. Common Swift above,  likely confusion with Common Swift is greatly increased.  The
only
records
received
were:
2
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
17
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
3
Meladia
Valley
2
May
(P
&
V
 Manning);
1
Tsiknias
River
2
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
30+
moving
ahead
a
thunder
storm
Haramida
Marsh
7
May
(S
P
 Dudley);
4
Ioannou
Valley
7
May
(S
P
Dudley);
10
Metochi
Lake
11
May;
2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
23
May
(T
Robinson)
 with
one
there
on
3
Jul
(T
Robinson).

 NOTE
Most
of
these
records
fall
in
what
appears
to
be
two
movements
through
the
island,
the
early
one
mid‐Mar‐ mid‐Apr
(much
of
which
is
missed
most
years
as
few,
if
any,
birders
are
on
the
island
before
mid‐Mar)
and
a
second,
 smaller
passage
in
early‐mid
May.
 
 ALPINE SWIFT Apus melba cPM,
?rMB?
 Occurs on passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct. Not known to breed, but breeding suspected on offshore islands. Feeding  parties in summer months are either suspected breeders or from other neighbouring islands or from nearby Turkey.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
28
Mar
–
17
May
and
30
Aug
–
18
Sept.
Max.
200+
through
Meladia
Valley
2
May

 (P
&
V
Manning).
   LITTLE SWIFT Apus affinis V
*
|
0
|
1

(1)
 2008
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC);
the
first
record
for
the
island,
and
only
the
fourth
record
for
Greece:

 1
Skala
Eresou
27
Apr
04
(S
P
Dudley:
HRC
08).
 


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ROLLER Coracias garrulus sPM
 A scarce passage migrant Apr–May, rare Aug–Sept.  Spring
An
average
year
with
records
as
follows
(singles
unless
sated):
Vatera
26
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
 Log/SPD);
Tsiknias
River
27
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
Polichnitos
Saltpans
29
Apr
(T
Robinson);
Meladia
Valley
29
Apr
 (per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
Faneromeni
29
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum)
&
4
May
(P
&
V
Manning);
4
Sigri
Old
 Sanatorium
4
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Meladia
Valley
4
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
8
Faneromeni

 5
May
(P
&
V
Manning
et
al);
2
Meladia
Valley
6
May
(B
Buckler
et
al);
2
Faneromeni
8
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
Petra
 11
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
and
near
Parakila
12
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 Autumn
One
record:
1
Apothika
18
Sept
(C
Gittins).
   COMMON KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis sW,
CB
 Occurs mainly Aug–Apr with occasional breeding records.  Relatively
few
records
received.
 Jan – Apr
Polichnitos
Saltpans
singles
on
1
Jan,
22
Mar
and
10
Apr;
1
Vouvaris
River
mouth
8
Mar;
1
Kalloni
Saltpans
 singles
19
Jan;
single
Metochi
Lake
20‐21
Apr;
and
1
Christou
(Kamares)
River
23
Apr.
 Jul – Dec
Singles
Polichnitos
Saltpans
Jul,
Aug,
Sept
(with
2
on
20th),
Oct,
Nov
and
Dec;
10+
Kalloni
Saltpans
9
Sept

 (I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy);
and
1‐2
Metochi
Lake
17
Sept
and
1
on
7
Nov;
1
Tsiknias
River
18
Sept;
and
1
Skala
Vasilikon

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Nov.
   WHITE‐THROATED KINGFISHER Halcyon smyrensis *
|
0
|
0
 Not on the Lesvos List. A Greek national rarity with only five records.  A
record
from
Sigri
in
Sept
remains
under
review
by
HRC.  2007
A
record
from
Agios
Fokas
in
Sept
remains
under
review
by
HRC.    BLUE‐CHEEKED BEE‐EATER Merops apiaster V
*
|
0
|
3
(9)
 2008
Two
records
(accepted
by
HRC):
1
near
Tsiknias
River
Mouth
14
Apr
(photo:
B
Baston
&
K
Day:
HRC
08);
and
a
 flock
of
7
Meladia
Valley
3
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley
&
C
Jones:
HRC
08).
 A
further
eight
records
from
2008
remain
unsubmitted,
plus
a
further
four
records
from
previous
years.    EUROPEAN BEE‐EATER Merops apiaster cPM,
sMB
 Occurs Apr–Oct, with often large numbers passing over in spring. Breeds along dry river areas.  Recorded
18
Apr
–
20
Sept
from
across
the
island.
Max.
300+
Faneromeni
area
1
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
No
breeding
 confirmed
but
birds
seen
at
regular
breeding
sites
(e.g.
Tsiknias
River,
Kalloni
Saltpans)
in
spring.
 
 EURASIAN HOOPOE Upupa epops cMB,
cPM
 Occurs Mar–Oct. Breeds across the island.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
7
Mar
–
21
Sept.

 
 EURASIAN WRYNECK Jynx torquilla rPM
 Occasional records Mar–Apr and Aug–Oct.   An
excellent
year
with
five
records.
 Spring
Singles
in
the
garden
of
the
Hotel
Pasiphae;
Skala
Kallonis
24
Apr
(S
P
Dudley,
D
&
J
Nurney,
S
Chalmers
et
al)
 and
between
Skala
Kallonis
and
Metochi
Lake
26
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group).

 Autumn
Singles
Skala
Kallonis
3
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy);
Meladia
Valley
21
Sept
(S
P
Dudley);
and
a
late
bird
 Polichnitos
Saltpans
18
Nov
(photo:
T
Robinson). NOTE
Wryneck
is
a
sedentary
resident
species
in
some
areas
along
the
North
African
coast
and
Corsica
(which
 lies
further
north
than
Lesvos)
so
it
is
conceivable
that
Wryneck
is
able
to
winter
on
the
island. 


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  MIDDLE SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopus medius cRB
 Common throughout wooded areas of the island, inc. olive groves. The Lesvos birds are thought to belong to the race  D. m. anatoliae (BoG).  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
   RED‐BACKED SHRIKE Lanius collurio sMB,
cPM
 Scarce summer breeder (in west) and common passage migrant Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
18
Apr
–
10
Oct.
Significant
passage
noted
in
the
Sigri
and
Meladia
Valley
area
5‐6
 May
with
a
count
of
50+
at
Meladia
Valley
river
plain
on
5th
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
In
autumn
max.
count
also
from
 Meladia
Valley
river
plain
with
15+
on
21
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   LESSER GREY SHRIKE Lanius minor sMB,
sPM
 A scarce summer breeder and passage migrant Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
26
Apr
–
26
Sept.
Max.
count
10+
Meladia
Valley
river
plain
5
May
(B
Buckler
et
al).    STEPPE SHRIKE Lanius pallidirostris V
*
|
0
|
1
(1)
 2008:
one
record:
a
single
bird
nr
Vatera
21
Sept

 (G
Sellors)
has
recently
been
accepted
by
HRC
as
the
 first
record
for
Greece
(HRC
08:
HRC
treat
 pallidirostris
as
a
subspecies
of
Southern
Grey
Shrike
 L. meridionalis).
        
Steppe Shrike,
nr
Vatera,
September
2008

 ©
Glynn
Sellors 

  LARGE GREY SHRIKE sp. Lanius sp. V
*
 Both Great Grey Shrike L. excubitor (c.10 records) and Steppe Shrike L. pallidirostris (1 record above) have occurred on  the island. The status of Great Grey Shrike remains questionable since no records have ever been submitted and  scrutinized; it usually only occurs across the very north of the Greece.  Two
reports:
nothing
received
to
determine
identification:
singles
Christou
(Kamares)
River
27
May
and
18
Sept.
   WOODCHAT SHRIKE Lanius senator cMB,
cPM
 Common summer breeder and passage migrant Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
10
Apr
–
20
Sept.

   MASKED SHRIKE Lanius nubicus sMB
 A localised summer breeder Apr–Sept favouring olive groves and scattered deciduous woodland. Autumn migrants  occur to late Sept in many habitats inc. pinewoods.  Recorded
17
Apr
–
18
Jun
mainly
in
central
and
western
areas
with
a
few
records
from
the
east.
Confirmed
breeding
 again
from
the
Krüper’s
Nuthatch
site
(Kofinas)
in
Achladeri
Forest.
 
 GOLDEN ORIOLE Oriolus oriolus cPM
 Common migrant Apr–May with occasional record Aug–Oct.  Spring
Recorded
from
across
the
island
15
Mar
–
11
May
with
a
max.
count
of
10
at
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium
5
May
(per

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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 Autumn
Two
records:
singles
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
15
Sept
(T
Robinson)
and
Parakila
21
Sept
(C
Gittins).
 
 EURASIAN JAY Garrulus glandularius atricapillus cRB
 The black‐crowned race G. g. atricapillus occurs commonly across the island.  Recorded
from
many
areas
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
 
 WESTERN JACKDAW Coloeus monedula sRB
 Resident around Sigri, Anaxos, Skala Eresou, Gavathas, Apothika and Skala Polichnitou.  Recorded
from
all
the
above
areas
plus
from
Mytilini.
Max.
count
200
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
15
Sept
(T
Robinson).
   HOODED CROW Corvus cornix cRB
 Widespread and common.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
Max.
count
67
Polichnitos
Saltpans
26
Feb
(T
Robinson).
   NORTHERN RAVEN Corvus corax sRB
 Small numbers breed in the rockier upland areas in the west and around Mts Olympus and Lepetimnos.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
Double‐figure
counts:
30+
Madaros
28
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum)
 and
19
Ipsilou
21
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   SOMBRE TIT Poecile lugubris sRB
 Widespread breeder. Occurs mainly around stands of deciduous trees and scattered woodland.  Relatively
few
records
received
but
recorded
from
many
breeding
sites
throughout
the
centre,
north
and
west.

   COAL TIT Periparus ater rRB
 Breeds in some of the pinewoods.  Only
one
record
received:
1
Potamia
Valley
6
May
(P
&
N
Preston).
   GREAT TIT Parus major cRB
 Common
and
widespread.
   BLUE TIT Cyanistes caeruleus cRB
 Common
and
widespread.
   GREATER SHORT‐TOED LARK Calandrella brachydactyla sMB,
sPM
 Occurs Apr–Sept. Breeds in suitable grassland areas.    First winter period 3
in
fields
by
Polichnitos
Saltpans
 on
6
Jan
(T
Robinson)
is
thought
to
be
the
first
known
 winter
record
for
Greece.
 Spring
A
poor
year
with
records
11
Apr
–
27
May:

   3
Polichnitos
Saltpans
11
Apr;
Kalloni
Saltpans
(inc.
 surrounding
fields
inc.
Alykes
Wetlands)
3
on
17‐18
 Apr
with
18
(max.
count)
on
20
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell)
 with
birds
present
to
11
May;
singles
Polichnitos
 Saltpans
20

&
27
May.
No
breeding
reported.       Short­toed Lark,
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
January
2009

 ©
Terry
Robinson    

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  CRESTED LARK Galerida cristata cRB
 The Aegean Islands population belongs to the race G. c. caucasia (BoG).  Common
and
widespread.
   WOODLARK Lullula arborea sRB,
sW
 Small numbers breed in suitable woodland edge and scrubby areas inc. pinewoods. Birds in Greece belong  to the race L. a. pallida but winter and passage birds also inc. L. a. arborea (BoG).  Recorded
from
many
sites
across
the
island
6
Jan
–
18
Sept.
A
flock
of
15+
dust‐bathing
at
dusk
with
 Crested
Larks
on
the
Meladia
Valley
track
on
18
May
was
the
highest
count
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
 
 SKYLARK Alauda arvensis
sW
 Occurs Oct–Mar. Greek birds belong to Mediterranean race A. a. cantarella but A. a. arvensis known in  winter (BoG).  Recorded
only
from
the
Polichnitos
and
Vatera
area
6
Jan
–
29
Mar
and
25
Nov
–
31
Dec.
Max.
count
120
 Polichnitos
Saltpans
27
Jan
(T
Robinson).
   SAND MARTIN Riparia riparia sPM
 Occurs on passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
16
Apr
–
24
Sept.
   BARN SWALLOW Hirundo rustica cMB,
cPM
 Common and widespread on passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct. Breeds across the island. Birds resembling H.  r. savignii or H. r. transitive reported in spring but no confirmed records (these races not on the Greek List).  Recorded
from
across
the
island
12
Mar
–
17
Oct.

   CRAG MARTIN Ptyonoprogne rupestris sMB,
SPM,
rW
 Occurs Apr–Sept. Breeds in rocky gorges and cliffs in west and north. Occasionally winters.  Recorded
18
Apr
–
23
Sept
from
Kavaki
(breeding
site),
Aghia
Ioannis,
Lardia
Valley
(breeding
site),
Vourkou
 River,
Meladia
Valley,
Potamia
Valley
(breeding
site),
Metochi
Lake
and
Pithariou
Reservoir
(breeding
site).
   HOUSE MARTIN Delichon urbicum cMB,
cPM
 Common and widespread on passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct. Breeds across the island.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
7
Mar
–
17
Sept.
Breeding
confirmed
from
Skala
Kallonis.
   RED‐RUMPED SWALLOW Cecropis daurica cMB,
cPM
 Common and widespread on passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct. Breeds across the island.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
5
Apr
–
21
Sept.
Many
pairs
seen
at
usual
breeding
sites
across
the
centre
 and
north
of
the
island.
   CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti sRB
 Found along river courses and around wetland areas.  Recorded
from
many
sites
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
 


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LONG‐TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus sRB
 Localised breeder in pinewoods. The subspecies A. c. tephronotus occurs on Lesvos (BoG). This subspecies  lacks any pink tones and has a black bib.  Only
two
records:
Achladeri
Forest
2
on
19
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group)
and
4
on
21
Apr
(R
Thorpe
et
al).
   WILLOW WARBLER Phylloscopus trochilus cPM
 Occurs Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
28
Mar
–
28
Apr
and
24
Aug
–
26
Oct.
 
 COMMON CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita sW,
sPM
 Occurs Aug–Apr.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
1
Jan
–
12
May
and
19
Sept
–
25
Dec.
   EASTERN BONELLI’S WARBLER Phylloscopus orientalis rMB,
rSP


 Occurs Apr–Sept. Small numbers breed around Agiasos. Birds occ. breed or hold territory in central areas.  Small numbers also on passage May and Sept.  For
the
second
year
running
a
male
held
territory
in
Lardia
Valley
(MO).
Migrants
seen
as
follows:
2
near
 Lofionas
1
May
(D
Allen
et
al);
1
Meladia
Valley
3
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
and
singles
 Ipsilou
8
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley)
and
26
May
(K
H
Christmann
&
E
Wendt).
No
records
received
from
the
 Agiasos
breeding
area.
   WOOD WARBLER Phylloscopus sibilatrix cPM
 Occurs Apr–May, but less so Aug–Oct.  Relatively
few
records,
all
from
the
west
of
the
island,
20
Apr
–
13
May
with
good
counts
from
Ipsilou
of
 20+
on
26
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum),
20+
on
28
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
50+
on
30
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   GREAT REED WARBLER Acrocephalus arundinaceus sMB,
sPM
 Occurs Apr–May and occ. Sept.  Few
records
received.
Recorded
16
Apr
–
15
May
from
across
the
island.
A
count
of
15+
Meladia
Valley
6
 May
(B
Buckler
et
al)
is
noteworthy
and
occurred
during
a
large
passage
of
other
species.
   MOUSTACHED WARBLER Acrocephalus melanopogon V
*
|
0
|
?
 Status remains uncertain. Brooks (1998) states it is a localised winter visitor but there are no recent records  to support this. Apr‐May reports (Brooks 1998) suggest spring migrants. No autumn reports. Confusion with  Sedge Warbler occurs annually. This is a real reedbed species, and whilst all birds should be studied  carefully, any bird thought to be this species should be treated with caution and full details, and preferably  photos, will be required by LBRC.  One
unconfirmed
report
of
one
at
Metochi
Lake
30
Apr
–
6
May.
Despite
apparently
having
been
seen
by
a
 number
of
observers
details
have
not
been
submitted
to
LBRC.
   SEDGE WARBLER Acrocephalus schoenobaenus cPM
 Occurs Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
7
Apr
–
6
May
and
4‐6
Sept.
 


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EURASIAN REED WARBLER Acrocephalus scirpaceus sMB,
sPM
 Occurs Mar–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
2
Apr
–
7
Jun.
   EASTERN OLIVACEOUS WARBLER Hippolais pallida cMB,
cPM
 Occurs Apr–Oct.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
17
Apr
–
23
Sept.
 
 OLIVE‐TREE WARBLER Hippolais olivetorum sMB,
rPM
 Small numbers breed. Occasional migrants away from known breeding areas in spring and occasionally in  autumn. See A
Birdwatching
Guide
to
Lesvos or www.lesvosbirding.com for fuller status account.  Recorded
only
in
spring
25
Apr
–
25
May,
mirroring
birders
visiting
the
island
and
searching
for
them:

 1
near
Metochi
Lake
25
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
1‐2
recorded
from
the
roadside
‘barrier
site’
at
the
 northern
end
of
Napi
Valley
30
Apr
–
25
May
(MO)
with
at
least
one
bird
singing
north
of
hear
before
the
 track
to
Mavria
(the
two
masts)
6
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
on
territory
in
Potamia
Valley
 2
on
12
May
(C
&
P
Manville),
5+
14
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
and
2
on
16
May

 (T
Robinson);
a
migrant
in
song
at
Ipsilou
12
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
2+
birds
on
territory
Aghias
Taxiarchis
 12
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
and
a
nest
found
with
four
young
Faneromeni
17
May
(M
Sveikutis).
 
 ICTERINE WARBLER Hippolais icterina sPM,
?rMB?
 Small numbers occur Apr–Jun and Aug–Sept. Occasionally found on territory during breeding season but no  confirmed breeding records.  Recorded
28
Apr
–
14
May
as
follows:
1
Kavaki
28
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum);
Meladia
Valley
3
on
28
Apr
(S
P
 Dudley
et
al),
1
on
29
Apr
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD),
4
on
3
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
 Log/SPD),
3
on
4
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
11
on
5
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
15+
on
6
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),

 7
on
7
May
(P
&
N
Preston)
and
5
on
8
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley);
Faneromeni
singles
on
29
Apr
(D
&
B
 Bradnum),
1
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton)
and
3
May
(P
&
V
Manning)
with
2
on
4
May
(P
&
V
Manning);
 Ipsilou
4
on
3
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
5
on
4‐5
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
1
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium
29
Apr
(D
&
B
 Bradnum);
1
Napi
Valley
5
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
Potamia
Valley
2
on
8
May
(per
 Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD),
1
on
12
May
(C
&
P
Manville)
and
2
on
14
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 
 RIVER WARBLER Locustella fluviatilis sPM


 Small numbers, usually only heard, Apr–May and occ. Aug–Sept. Autumn presence confirmed by ringing.  Two
records:
1
Meladia
Valley
(S
P
Dudley)
and
1
Perasma
9
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
   SAVI’S WARBLER Locustella luscinioides rPM
 Occasional record Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  One
record:
1
singing
Petra
5
May
(I
Pitts
et
al).
   BLACKCAP Sylvia atricapilla cPM
 Occurs Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  First winter period
Recorded
from
Alikoudi
Pool,
Potamia
Valley,
Vourkou
River,
Almyropotamos
River
 (Vatera)
and
Skala
Polichnitou
(max.
6
on
5
Feb)
(all
T
Robinson).
 Spring
Recorded
from
across
the
island
22
Mar
–
29
Apr.
 Autumn
Recorded
from
across
the
island
9
Sept
–
21
Nov.
 Second winter period
Singles
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
and
Skala
Polichnitou
during
Dec.


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GARDEN WARBLER Sylvia borin sPM
 Small numbers Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring
1
Ipsilou
4
May
(I
Pitts
et
al).
 Autumn
Singles
Skala
Polichnitou
(trapped
and
ringed)
28
Aug
(T
Robinson)
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans
9
Sept

 (T
Robinson).
 
 BARRED WARBLER Sylvia nisoria sPM,
?rMB?
 Small numbers occur Apr–May and Aug–Sept. Occasionally found on territory during breeding season, but  no confirmed breeding records.  Relatively
few
records
received.
Recorded
20
Apr
–
6
May
as
follows:
1
Ancient
Antissa
20
Apr
(per

 Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
2
(male
and
female)
in
tamarisks
on
beach
near
Kalloni
Saltpans
24
Apr
 (J
MacArthur);
a
female
Faneromeni
26
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
&
D
Nurney);
1
Makara
2
May
(R
Thorpe
et
al);
1
at
 the
Kalloni
Saltpans
south
hide
2
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Faneromeni
3
May
(P
&
V
 Manning);
1
Alykes
Wetlands
3
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Ipsilou
4
May
(per
Lesvos
 Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Kalloni
Saltpans
4
May
(T
Robinson);
1
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium
5
May
(per
Lesvos
 Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
and
1
Meladia
Valley
6
May
(B
Buckler
et
al).
   LESSER WHITETHROAT Sylvia curruca sPM,
?rMB?
 Occurs Apr–May and Aug–Oct.   Relatively
few
records.
Recorded
from
across
the
island
2
Apr
–
3
Nov.
More
interesting
records:
single
 birds
Polichnitos
Saltpans
12
Jun
and
19
Jul
(T
Robinson);
12+
Meladia
Valley
21‐23
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   EASTERN ORPHEAN WARBLER Sylvia crassirostris sMB,
sPM
 Occurs Apr–Sept breeding across the island. The race S. c. crassirostris occurs on Lesvos.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
18
Apr
–
30
Sept.
More
interesting
records
include:
8
Meladia
Valley
on
5
 May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
during
a
period
of
migration;
1
Polichnitos
Saltpans
30
Sept
(T
Robinson)
the
only
 autumn
record.
   COMMON WHITETHROAT Sylvia communis sPM,
rMB
 Occurs on passage Apr–May and Aug–Oct.   Recorded
from
across
the
island
17
Apr
–
8
Oct.    SUBALPINE WARBLER Sylvia cantillans cMB
 Occurs Apr–Sept.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
16
Mar
–
9
Jun.
   SARDINIAN WARBLER Sylvia melanocephala sRB,
rPM,
cW
 Breeding birds thinly distributed along coastal areas (up to c.5km inland) along the north (inland of Petra  and Molivos), the east coast (between Mandamados and Mytilini) and southeast (Vatera area). Possible  immigration from other Aegean islands and/or Turkey. Migrants can occur anywhere.  First winter period
1‐2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
area
1
Jan
–
16
Feb;
5
Vourkou
River
4
Jan.
 Spring
Singles
recorded
Polichnitos
Saltpans
2,
8
&
22
Mar,
6
Apr
and
30
May;
Kalloni
Saltpans
2
May;
 Kavaki
3
May;
Meladia
Valley
7‐8
May;
and
Haramida
Marsh
7
May.
 Autumn
1
Christou
(Kamares)
River
18
Sept;
1
Metochi
Lake
23
Sept;
1
Kofinas
(Achladeri
Forest)
26
Sept;
 Polichnitos
Saltpans
22
Oct
–
30
Nov
with
max.
7
on
25
Nov;
Vourkou
River
5
on
15
Nov
and
8
on
21
Nov.
 Second winter period
Up
to
4
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
Dec.
Singles
also
Almyropotamos
River
 (Vatera)
and
Alikoudi
Pool
in
Dec.


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RÜPPELL’S WARBLER Sylvia rueppelli rMB,
rPM
 A localised summer breeder. The best‐known area is the well‐watched site at Kavaki between Petra and  Molivos. Records away from here reducing and indicative of a declining population on Lesvos and  throughout Greece.  Recorded
from
Kavaki
from
24
Apr
–
14
May
(mirrors
the
main
birding
period)
with
up
to
3
pairs
present

 (a
decline
from
6
pairs
five
years
ago).
The
only
bird
seen
away
from
here
was
a
male
on
territory
in
the
 Ioannou
Valley
7
May
(S
P
Dudley).
 NOTE
At
Kavaki
view
only
from
the
main
road,
lay‐bys
or
hillside
track
on
the
south
side
of
the
road.
Please
 do
not
enter
the
scrub
as
this
only
serves
to
disturb
this
rare
breeding
species.
   WHITE‐THROATED DIPPER Cinclus cinclus V
*
|
0
|
1
(1)
 2007
One
record
(accepted
by
LBRC):
1
Sigri
7
Oct
(D
Brown).
The
first
record
for
Lesvos.
   WINTER WREN Troglodytes troglodytes rRB,
sW
 Small numbers breed across the island and records indicate increase in numbers in winter.  First winter period
A
single
bird
Polichnitos
Saltpans
18
Feb
–
11
Mar.

 Spring / Summer
At
least
one
bird
on
territory
in
the
Lardia
Valley.
 Autumn / second winter period
Single
birds
recorded
from
Metochi
Lake
in
Sept
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans
 24
Nov
–
29
Dec.
   WOOD NUTHATCH Sitta europaea rRB
 Small numbers breed across the islands in oak area.  Recorded
only
from
Potamia
Valley
and
Napi
Valley.
   KRÜPER’S NUTHATCH Sitta krueperi rRB
 Around 600 pairs breed throughout the central and eastern pinewoods from sea level up to c.800m. The  Achladeri Forest site (Kofinas) continues to be the main one visited by birders. It would be good to have  more records from other areas – so go out and find some more!  For a more details status account see A
Birdwatching
Guide
to
Lesvos or www.lesvosbirding.com.  Achladeri Forest
1
pair
bred
at
the
usual
Kofinas
site
(roadside
picnic
area
with
white
building)
just
north
of
 Achladeri
Army
Camp
(MO).
An
additional
male
was
occasionally
seen
during
Apr‐May
suggesting
a
second
 breeding
pair
(this
site
usually
holds
2‐3
breeding
pairs).
Up
to
4
birds
here
in
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).

 Dimitrios
a
pair
seen
feeding
in
early
May
(S
P
Dudley).
 Agiasos Sanatorium
1+
seen
in
woodland
just
south
of
the
sanatorium
in
Sept
(R
Lawrence
et
al).
 Panaghia Chapel
(near
Agiasos)
1
coming
to
dripping
pipe
by
the
chapel
in
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 
 WESTERN ROCK NUTHATCH
Sitta neumayer cRB
 Common throughout much of the rockier areas of the island, particularly the west and north. The
Birds
of
 Greece suggests that Lesvos birds are of the race S. n. zarudnyi but birds on the island are very variable and  many exhibit features intermediate between Western and Eastern Rock Nuthatch S. tephronata. Proving  where the Lesvos birds fall in the rock nuthatch complex could prove a fascinating study.  Reported
from
many
sites
across
the
centre,
north
and
west
of
the
island.    SHORT‐TOED TREECREEPER Certhia brachydactyla sRB
 Occurs in pinewoods and deciduous forests. Lesvos birds may be of the Asia Minor race C. b. harterti (BoG).  Reported
only
from
Achladeri
Forest,
Mikri
Limni
and
Agiasos.
  

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COMMON STARLING Sturnus vulgaris cW
 Occurs Oct–Apr.  Jan ‐ May
Recorded
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
Jan
–
26
Apr,
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
and
Gulf
of
 Gera
in
Jan
and
a
late
bird
at
Christou
(Kamares)
River
on
27
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
 Sept – Dec
Recorded
Polichnitos
Saltpans
throughout
and
also
Mytilini.
 
 ROSE‐COLOURED STARLING Pastor roseus sPM
 Occurs May–Jun.  Very
few
records
denoting
a
very
poor
passage
this
year.
An
early
first‐year
bird
Meladia
Valley
2‐5
May
(P
 &
V
Manning
et
al)
with
another
bird
there
on
13
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
3‐4
Tsiknias
 River
21‐22
May
(M
&
L
Hunt,
M
&
D
Jacobs);
15
Achladeri
21
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
 and
singles
Metochi
Lake
22
May
and
Lotzaria
27
May
(M
&
L
Hunt).
 
 COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula cRB,
cW
 Breeding numbers increasing and very common in winter, with many shot in olive groves.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
 
 REDWING Turdus iliacus sW
 Occurs Oct–Feb.   One
record:
8
Agia
Paraskevi
22
Mar
(E
Galinou).
   SONG THRUSH Turdus philomelos cW,
rB
 Common and widespread in winter, with many shot in olive groves. Several pairs breed.  First winter period
Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout.
 Spring
At
Polichnitos
Saltpans
counts
of
10
on
1
Mar
and
23
on
2
Mar
indicative
of
movement
(T
Robinson).
 Other
migrants
at
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
24
Apr
and
Lotzaria
26
Apr.
 Summer
No
records.
 Autumn / second winter period
Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout.
   MISTLE THRUSH Turdus viscivorus sRB
 Small numbers breed across the island.  Recorded
from
Polichnitos
Saltpans
in
Jan,
Oct
and
Dec.
2
carrying
food
in
the
Lardia
Valley
23
Apr
(S
P
 Dudley
et
al)
was
the
only
breeding
record.
2
Panaghia
Chapel
(nr
Agiasos)
29
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
was
 the
only
other
record.
   EUROPEAN ROBIN Erithacus rubecula cW,
rB
 Occurs commonly across the island Oct–Mar. A few breeding pairs nr Mt Olympus.  Recorded
Polichnitos
Saltpans
4
Jan
–
28
Mar
and
26
Oct
–
31
Dec.
Also
recorded
Skala
Vasilikon
Jan;
 Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
in
Jan
&
Feb;
Alikoudi
Pool
in
Jan
and
Agia
Paraskevi
in
Mar.
Recorded
from
 near
Agiasos
26
Apr
(Limosa
group)
and
28
May
(K
&
R
Nam)
were
the
only
records
from
known
breeding
 sites.
In
autumn
recorded
from
Potamia
Valley;
Korakas
and
Achladeri
Forest
in
Sept;
at
Polichnitos
 Saltpans
29
Sept
–
31
Dec
and
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
in
Oct;
Nov
&
Dec.
   BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica V
*
|
0
|
1
(1)
 2008
One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
a
first‐winter
(1CY)
Pithariou
Reservoir
22
Sept
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
The
 first
record
for
Lesvos.


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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

THRUSH NIGHTINGALE Luscinia luscinia sPM
 Occurs in small numbers Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring
1
Meladia
Valley
3
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Perasma
5
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
 Pasiphae
Log/SPD);
1
Petra
5
May
(I
Pitts
et
al);
and
1
Meladia
Valley
8
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
 Autumn
1
trapped
and
ringed
Skala
Polichnitou
1
Sept
(T
Robinson).
   COMMON NIGHTINGALE Luscinia megarhynchos cMB
 Occurs Apr–Oct. Breeds across the island along dry river beds and other dry, dense scrub.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
16
Apr
–
1
Jun
at
least.
   WHITE‐THROATED ROBIN Irania gutturalis V,
CB
*
|
1
|
5
(6)
 Only three accepted records with at least a  further seven known records never been  submitted (inc. reports of breeding birds).   One
record:
a
male
Ipsilou
1
Jun
(photo:
W
 Englander:
HRC
09
in
prep).
Only
the
fifth
 confirmed
record
for
the
island
(many
other
 records
remain
unsubmitted
–
see
A  Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos
for
details).
 
 

White­throated Robin
Ipsiloui,
June
2009

 ©
Wiltraud
Englander


 

  RUFOUS BUSH ROBIN Cercotrichas galactotes sMB
 Occurs Apr–Aug. Small numbers breed in suitable dry, scrubby areas. Signs of a decline since early 2000s.  The eastern form C. g. syriacus occurs on Lesvos.   Recorded
28
Apr
–
23
May
(mirroring
the
main
birding
weeks)
from
numerous
sites
including
the
following
 breeding
sites
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium;
beach
scrub
near
Kalloni
Saltpans;
Meladia
Valley;
Madaros;
Chrousos;
 Faneromeni;
Kalloni
Saltpans
water
station;
Tsiknias
River;
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans.
Three
birds
seen
 together
Faneromeni
14
May
(I
Hardy).
 NOTE
There
were
several
incidents
of
birds
being
harassed
by
birders
and
photographers.
Please
respect
 the
bird
and
do
not
harass
and
push
birds
from
bush
to
bush
–
wait
and
watch!
 
 BLACK REDSTART Phoenicurus ochruros cW
 Occurs Oct–Mar.  First winter period
Present
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
Jan
–
2
Apr
(max.
4
on
7‐9
Jan).
Also
Potamia
Valley
1
Jan;
 Kalloni
Saltpans
1
Jan;
Vouvaris
River
mouth
2
Jan;
Vourkou
River
4
Jan
(8);
and
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
10
Jan.
 Spring
Singles
Agia
Paraskevi
22
Mar
and
Ipsilou
11
May.
 Second winter period
Present
Polichnitos
Saltpans
17
Oct
–
31
Dec
(max.
6
on
15
Dec).
Also
Vourkou
River
 15
&
21
Nov;
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
10
Jan;
and
Metochi
Lake
7
Nov.
 
 COMMON REDSTART Phoenicurus phoenicurus sPM
 Small numbers occur Apr–May and Sept–Oct.  Spring
Recorded
from
many
sites
28
Apr
–
5
May.
 Autumn Singles
Metochi
Lake
20
Sept
(C
Gittins);
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
28
Sept
(T
Robinson);
and
 6
Achladeri
Forest
21
Sept
(C
Gittins).
 

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Rufous Bush Robin
collecting
nest
material
near
Sigri,
May
2009
©
Mike
Sveikutis


  WHINCHAT Saxicola rubetra cPM
 Occurs Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring
Recorded
from
many
sites
8
Apr
–
10
May,
max.
10
Faneromeni
21
Apr
(T
Robinson).
 Autumn Recorded
from
many
sites
22
Aug
–
10
Oct,
max.
13
Polichnitos
Saltpans
(T
Robinson).
 
 EUROPEAN STONECHAT Saxicola torquata sRB,
sW
 Small numbers occur across the island and records indicate increase in numbers in winter.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
 
 SIBERIAN STONECHAT Saxicola torquata maurus
V
*
|
1
|
1
(1)
 One
record
(accepted
by
HRC):
1
near
Vatera
15
Nov
(T
Robinson).
This
is
the
first
record
for
Lesvos
 and
first
of
three
‘eastern’
Stonechats
maurus/variegatus
recorded
in
Greece
to
be
accepted
as
 maura (due
HRC09).
 
 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR Oenanthe isabellina sMB,
rPM
 Occurs Apr–Sept. Small numbers breed in the rocky west of the island.   Spring/Summer
Recorded
from
the
usual
breeding
areas
around
Ipsilou
from
20
Apr.
A
single
passage
bird
 at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
5‐6
Apr
(T
Robinson).
 Autumn
1
Tsiknias
River
mouth
18
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
1
Meladia
Valley
23
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 


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NORTHERN WHEATEAR Oenanthe oenanthe rMB,
sPM


 Small numbers breed in the west. Passage birds Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  Spring/Summer
Recorded
from
many
sites
from
13
Mar.
Breeding
birds
noted
at
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium,
 Ipsilou
and
Meladia
Valley.
 Autumn
Recorded
many
sites
to
24
Sept.
   EASTERN BLACK‐EARED WHEATEAR Oenanthe hispanica cMB
 Common and widespread across the island Mar–Sept. Correction to A
Birdwatching
Guide
to
Lesvos, only  the eastern race O. h. melanoleuca occurs, with pale‐throated and black‐throated forms present.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
31
Mar
–
8
Oct.
   RUFOUS‐TAILED ROCK‐THRUSH Monticola saxatilis rPM
|
1
|
17
(17)
 Around 16 previous records, all Apr‐May.  One
record:
a
male
Ipsilou
29
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum).
   BLUE ROCK‐THRUSH Monticola solitarius sRB
 Widespread, especially in the rocky west of the island.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
inc.
the
following
known
breeding
sites:
Potamia
Valley,
Kavaki,
Ipsilou,
 Napi
Valley,
Vouvaris
River
and
Pithariou
Reservoir.
   SPOTTED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa striata cPM,
sMB
 Widespread, and often in large numbers, Apr‐May and Aug‐Oct. Breeds in pinewoods across the island.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
17
Apr
–
17
May
and
25
Aug
–
1
Oct.
Max.
count
200+
Meladia
Valley
6
 May
(B
Buckler
et
al).
   PIED FLYCATCHER Ficedula hypoleuca cPM
 Occurs Apr–May and Aug–Oct.  Small
numbers
20
Apr
–
8
May,
max.
10+
Ipsilou
28
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
No
autumn
records.
   SEMI‐COLLARED FLYCATCHER Ficedula semitorquata V
*
|
0
|
14
(14)
 Around 14 records to 2008: occurs Apr‐May.  Reported
from
Faneromeni
21
Apr
and
Meladia
Valley
7
May,
but
neither
record
submitted.

 
 COLLARED FLYCATCHER Ficedula albicollis sSP,
rAP
 Occurs Apr–May. Two previous autumn records (one Sept, one Oct)  Spring
(Singles
unless
stated):
Ipsilou
20
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
2
Faneromeni
20
Apr
(High
Peak
 RSPB
Group);
Faneromeni
21
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell
et
al);
Achladeri
Forest
21
Apr
(R
Thorpe
et
al);
5
 Faneromeni
21
Apr
(T
Robinson
et
al);
4
Faneromeni
26
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum);
2
Ipsilou
26
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
 Thexton
et
al);
Ipsilou
28
Apr
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
Faneromeni
28
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group);
Potamia
Valley
 1
May
(R
Harding);
4
Faneromeni
4
May
(P
&
V
Manning);
Faneromeni
5
May
(P
&
V
Manning);
Meladia
 Valley
6
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
near
Eresos
6
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
and
Meladia
Valley
7‐8
May
(P
&
N
 Preston
et
al).
 Autumn
Singles
Skala
Polichnitou
19
Jul
(T
Robinson)
and
14
Aug
(T
Robinson).

 


 

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Collared Flycatcher,
female,
Faneromeni,
April
2009
©
Steve
Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding


  RED‐BREASTED FLYCATCHER Ficedula parva rPM
 Singles occasionally seen Apr–May and Aug–Sept.  Three
records:
singles
Metochi
Lake
25
Apr
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton);
Ipsilou
3
May
(Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
 Log);
and
Sigri
Old
Sanatorium
5
May
(I
Kinley
&
D
Thexton).
 
 HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus cRB
 Widespread and common.  Present
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
A
roost
of
‘several’
thousand
Potamia
Valley
in
Sept
(P
&
J
 Hayes
et
al).
 
 SPANISH SPARROW Passer hispaniolensis sMB,
sPM
 Small numbers breed across the island. Seen on passage in passage Apr–May. May occur on passage in  autumn but separation from House Sparrow difficult.  Seen
across
the
island
Apr‐Jul
inc.
breeding
at
Skala
Kallonis,
Kalloni
Saltpans
and
Faneromeni.
Max.
count
 85
Kalloni
Saltpans
16
Apr
(T
Robinson).
 
 EURASIAN TREE SPARROW Passer montanus V
*
|
1
|
6
(9)
 Five previous records in Apr (inc. breeding pr), May, Aug, Oct.  One
record
(accepted
LBRC):
1
with
House
Sparrows
at
the
Petrified
Forest
Visitor
Centre
3
May
(R
 Harding).
Sixth
record
for
the
island.
A
record
of
3
in
Meladia
Valley
on
25
April
remains
unsubmitted.
   ROCK SPARROW Petronia petronia sRB
 Small numbers breed in the rockier west of the island.  Birds
seen
at
the
usual
breeding
sites
of
Ipsilou,
Lardia
Valley,
Agra,
Sideras
and
Mesotopos.
 
 
  

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LESVOS BIRDS 2009 

 

 

House and Spanish Sparrows
communally
nesting
in
White
Stork
nest,
Polichnitos,
May
2009
 ©
Steve
Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding


  DUNNOCK Prunella modularis sW
 Occurs Oct–Mar.  One
record:
1
Vourkou
River
7
Jan
(T
Robinson).
   WESTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava
 Common and widespread on passage Mar–May and Aug–Oct.   For list of occurring races see A
Birdwatching
Guide
to
Lesvos or www.lesvosbirding.com.  A
relatively
poor
year
with
no
large
numbers
noted
on
passage.
Recorded
13
Mar
–
29
May
(flava, fledegg
 and
occasional
thunbergi) and
3
Aug
–
17
Oct.
Two
birds
showing
characteristics
of
‘dombrowski’
seen
at
 Kalloni
Saltpans
29
Apr
(Limosa
group)
and
a
single
bird
showing
characteristics
of
‘superciliaris’ seen
near
 Skamnioudi
2
May
(Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
 
 CITRINE WAGTAIL Motacilla citreola rSM
 Occurs most years Apr–May. No confirmed autumn records.  A
very
good
year
with
20‐23
individuals
recorded
as
follows:
Polichnitos
Saltpans
–
a
male
8
Apr
(T
 Robinson),
a
male
25
Apr
(D
&
B
Bradnum),
a
female
5‐6
May
(T
Robinson
et
al);
Faneromeni
–

a
male
and
 female
21‐23
Apr
(J
&
S
Maskell
et
al),
a
male
and
female
3‐5
May
(P
&
V
Manning
et
al);
Kalloni
Saltpans
 area
–
male
and
female
on
floods
opposite
Saltworks
entrance
23‐29
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
Group
et
al),
a
 male
near
the
water
pumping
station
1
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
a
female
there
9‐10
May
(S
P
&
E
F
 Dudley),
a
male
along
the
east
saltpans
track
6
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
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male
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Saltworks
entrance
16
May
(T
Robinson
et
al)
and
a
female
there
21
May
(Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
 Log/SPD);
Tsiknias
River
(probably
overlapping
with
Kalloni
Saltpans)
a
male
24‐25
Apr
(High
Peak
RSPB
 Group
Grooup),
a
female
3
May
(P
Edlin),
male
and
female
12‐14
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
a
female
Meladia
 Valley
4
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al);
a
male
Skala
Kallonis
Pool
24
Apr
(T
Robinson);
a
female
Farmakies
Pool
 (Skala
Vasilikon)
2
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
   GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea rRB,
sW
 Small numbers breed.  A
pair
bred
by
the
road
bridge
at
Dimitrios
(Agiasos)
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
with
singles
at
Polichnitos
Saltpans
 30
Aug
and
30
Nov
(T
Robinson)
and
Askontriches
River
7
Sept
(T
Robinson).
   WHITE WAGTAIL Motacilla alba sW,
sPM,
rB
 Occurs Sept–May. A few pairs possibly breed.  Polichnitos
Saltpans:
present
throughout
the
year
with
5
juvs
seen
17
Jun
(T
Robinson).
Spring
passage
 counts
of
24
on
13
Mar
and
26
on
6
Apr
(T
Robinson).
Double
figure
counts
regular
throughout
Sept
and
 Oct.
1‐7
daily
during
Nov‐Dec
with
notable
passage
counts
of
13
on
22
Nov
and
17
on
30
Nov.

Recorded
at
 many
other
sites
across
the
island
inc.
Tsiknias
River,
Skala
Vasilikon,
Mesa
Wetlands,
Askontriches
River,
 Nifida
(breeding
confirmed),
Faneromeni,
Vouvaris
River
and
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio).
Max.
count
 34
Mesa
Wetlands
3
Sept
(T
Robinson).
 
 TAWNY PIPIT Anthus campestris sMB,
SPM
 Occurs in small numbers, inc. occasional believed breeding, Mar‐Oct.  Spring
Recorded
4
Apr
–
13
May.
Principal
sites
inc.
Alykes
Wetlands,
Makara
and
Polichnitos
Saltpans
area
 (all
holding
1‐2
birds).
   Autumn
Recorded
2
Sept
–
8
Oct.
Principal
sites
inc.
Polichnitos
Saltpans
area
with
max.
4
on
22
Sept
(S
P
 Dudley
et
al)
and
Meladia
Valley
with
max.
3
on
2
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy).
   MEADOW PIPIT Anthus pratensis cW
 Occurs Oct–Mar.  Polichnitos
Saltpans:
recorded
1
Jan
–
9
Apr
with
max.
22
on
27
Jan
(T
Robinson)
and
26
Oct
–
31
Dec
with
 max.
25
on
8
Nov
(T
Robinson).
Recorded
from
only
a
handful
of
other
sites
inc.
Alikoudi
Pool,
Agia
 Paraskevi
and
Almiropotamos
River
(Lisvorio).
   TREE PIPIT Anthus trivialis sPM
 Occurs Mar–May and Aug–Oct.  A
very
poor
year
with
only
5
records
received.
 Spring
1
Vouvaris
River
Mouth
6
May
(P
&
N
Preston).
 Autumn
1
Stipsi
9
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy),
1
Meladia
Valley
23
Sept
(S
P
Dudley
et
al),
50+
Tsiknias
River
 28
Sept
and
20+
there
29
Sept
(both
C
Gittins).
  

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RED‐THROATED PIPIT Anthus cervinus sPM
 Occurs Apr–May and Sept–Oct.  Spring
Recorded
8
Apr
–
12
May.
Principal
sites
 inc.
Polichnitos
Saltpans,
Christou
(Kamares)
 River
and
Alykes
Wetlands.
The
latter
recorded
 an
impressive
passage
of
100+
birds
on
24
Apr

 (S
Chalmers,
S
P
Dudley,
D
&
J
Nurney).
Double
 figure
counts
also
recorded
at
Christou

 (Kamares)
River
with
10
on
24
Apr
(S
Chalmers,

 S
P
Dudley,
D
&
J
Nurney)
and
Alykes
Wetlands
 with
10
on
11
May
(S
P
&
E
F
Dudley).
 Autumn
1
Askontriches
River
1
Sept
(I
Smith
&

 P
O’Daffy),
2
Tsiknias
River
28
Sept
and
1
there
 29
Sept
(C
Gittins).

 


 

Red­throated Pipit,
Christou
(Kamares)
River,
 April
2009
©
Steve
Dudley
|
Lesvos
Birding


WATER PIPIT Anthus spinoletta sW
 Occurs Oct–Apr.  Two
records:
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
on
22‐23
Mar
and
2
on
8
Apr
(T
Robinson).
   CHAFFINCH Fringilla coelebs cRB
 Widespread and common.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
Max.
count
120
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
19
Jan

 (T
Robinson).
 
 BRAMBLING Fringilla montifringilla sW
 Occasionally Oct–Mar.  One
record:
1
Tsiknias
River
1
Jan
(T
Robinson).
   EUROPEAN SERIN Serinus serinus sRB,
sPM
 Breeds in pinewoods. Non‐breeding and passage birds occur in other habitats.  First winter period
Recorded
Polichnitos
Saltpans
1
Jan
–
20
Feb
with
max.
219
on
2
Jan
(T
Robinson).
 Spring
Several
Kofinas,
Achladeri
26
Apr
and
several
nr
Agiasos
same
day
(Limosa
group),
2
Farmakies
Pool
 (Skala
Vasilikon)
2
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
2
pairs
on
territory
at
Dimitrios
in
May
(S
P
Dudley
et
al).
 Summer
A
juvenile
seen
Vourkou
River
12
Jul
(T
Robinson).
 Autumn / Winter
Recorded
Polichnitos
Saltpans
16
Oct
–
31
Dec
with
max.
153
on
1
Dec
(T
Robinson).
Also:
 6
Askontriches
River
7
Sept
(I
Smith
&
P
O’Daffy);
2
Almyropotamos
River
(Vatera)
13
Sept
(T
Robinson);
 and
2
Vourkou
River
21
Nov
(T
Robinson).
   EUROPEAN GREENFINCH Carduelis chloris cRB
 Widespread and common.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
Max.
count
41
Polichnitos
Saltpans
20
Mar
(T
 Robinson).
  

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EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH Carduelis carduelis cRB
 Widespread and common.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
Max.
count
182
Polichnitos
Saltpans
21
Oct

 (T
Robinson).
   COMMON LINNET Carduelis cannabina sRB
 Scarce but widespread across the island.  All
records:
1‐2
Polichnitos
Saltpans
during
Jan,
3
Alikoudi
Pool
8
Apr,
singles
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
18
 Apr
and
Mesa
Wetlands
19
Apr,
2
Ipsilou
20‐21
Apr,
up
to
5
Vourkou
River
May‐Jun,
2
Sideras
19
May,
1
 Traperia
(Polichnitos)
18
Jul,
Polichnitos
Saltpans
Nov‐Dec
with
max.
32
on
26
Nov.
   HAWFINCH Coccothraustes coccothraustes sW,
rB?
 Scarce Oct–Apr. Several pairs thought to breed.  Five
records:
1
Skala
Vasilikon
3
Feb;
in
a
Skala
 Polichnitou
garden,
birds
seen
on
27
Feb
(2),
11
 Mar
&
30
Nov
(T
Robinson);
2
nr
Agiasos
26
Apr
 (Limosa
group).
 
        
Hawfinch,
Skala
Polichnitou,
January
2009

 ©
Terry
Robinson



 CORN BUNTING Emberiza calandra cRB
 Widespread and common.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
first
winter
period
count
 115
on
10
Jan
(T
Robinson)
and
max.
second
winter
period
count
182
on
17
Oct
(T
Robinson).
150+
also
 seen
Tsiknias
River
28
Sept
(C
Gittins).
 
 CINEREOUS BUNTING Emberiza cineracea sMB
 Occurs throughout the barren western areas of the island April to late‐July (some into August, but very few  September records). This is another species which, at the European scale, is confined to Greece. The  nominate ‘yellow‐headed’ western form (cineracea) occurs on Lesvos. 250 pairs thought to be present (total  Greek population is c.300 prs). On Lesvos, occurs throughout the barren west of the island. Here it breeds in  dry, rocky open areas with low phrygana (low growing, soft‐leaved shrub habitat) and scattered boulders.   For a more details status account see A
Birdwatching
Guide
to
Lesvos or www.lesvosbirding.com. Recorded
 21
Apr
–
27
May
from
the
usual
breeding
areas
of
Ipsilou,
Sideras,
Agra
and
Aghia
Ioannis.
Also
a
female
 reported
carrying
food
in
the
Lardia
Valley
17
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
and
one
reported
 from
Kalloni
Raptor
Watchpoint
27
May
(per
Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD).
   ORTOLAN BUNTING
Emberiza hortulana sPM
 Small numbers Apr–May and Aug–Sept.  A
very
poor
year
with
only
three
records:
singles
Polichnitos
Saltpans
11
Apr
(T
Robinson),
Kavaki
20
Apr

 (D
&
B
Bradnum)
and
Meladia
Valley
13
May
(C
&
P
Manville).
 

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CRETZSCHMAR’S BUNTING Emberiza caesia cMB
 Widespread and common across the north and west of the island Apr‐Jul, with few autumn records.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
18
Apr
–
23
Jul.

   CIRL BUNTING Emberiza cirlus cRB
 Widespread and common.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
throughout
the
year.
Polichnitos
Saltpans
max.
first
winter
period
count

 19
on
8
Jan
(T
Robinson)
and
max.
second
winter
period
count
10
on
30
Oct
(T
Robinson).

   BLACK‐HEADED BUNTING Emberiza melanocephala cMB
 Widespread and common late Apr‐Aug.  Recorded
from
across
the
island
23
Apr
–
18
Jul.
Spring
flocks
inc.
20+
(all
males)
Agios
Fokas
4
May

 (S
P
Dudley
et
al)
and
19
on
the
same
day
Polichnitos
Saltpans
(T
Robinson),
30+
(27
males)
Sigri
Old
 Sanatorium
5
May
(Lesvos
Birding
Pasiphae
Log/SPD)
and
19
Polichnitos
Saltpans
11
May
(T
Robinson).
   COMMON REED BUNTING Emberiza schoeniclus sW
 Occurs Nov–Mar.  Polichnitos
Saltpans
up
to
3
from
1
Jan
–
5
Mar
and
up
to
6
from
4
Nov
–
30
Dec.
Also
2
Almiropotamos
 River
(Lisvorio)
3
Feb
and
2
Skala
Vasilikon
30
Nov
(all
T
Robinson).

     APPENDIX 1 – COMMONER SPECIES NOT RECORDED IN 2009 Marsh
Warbler
Acrocephalus palustris
 Goldcrest
Regulus regulus
 Fieldfare
Turdus pilaris
 Pine
Siskin
Carduelis spinus
 
 
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R.
1998.
Birding on the Greek Island of Lesvos.
Brookside
Publishing,
Fakenham.
 Dudley,
S.
2009.
A Birdwatching Guide to Lesvos.
Arlequin
Press,
Shrewsbury.
 Hellenic
Rarities
Committee,
2008.
Hellenic Rarities Committee Annual Report 2007
(referred
to
as
HRC
07
 in
text)
—
see
HTTP://RARITIES.ORNITHOLOGIKI.GR/EN/EAOP/ANNUAL_REPORTS.HTM

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Rarities
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Hellenic Rarities Committee Annual Report 2008
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see
HTTP://RARITIES.ORNITHOLOGIKI.GR/EN/EAOP/ANNUAL_REPORTS.HTM

 Hellenic
Rarities
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2009.
Hellenic Rarities Committee Annual Report 2009
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to
as
HRC
09
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text)
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see
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(in
prep:
due
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 in
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T.
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The Birds of Greece.
A&C
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to
as
BoG
throughout
 text).


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