Friday, 8 May 2015

Lesbos, Day4

Tues. 21st April

Today we went west to Sigri stopping at various spots along the route. The temperature was cold, only 12 degs. but squacco herons, little bittern and great bittern were still active in the Kalloni pool. The first stop on the drive west was at the Limonas monastry seeing two short-toed eagles and a peregrine. 

The next was at the Lardia valley or grand canyon as we call it, here we saw blue rock thrush, crag martins and a rock nuthatch. 

 Lardia Valley

 Blue Rock Thrush

 At the very high Ipsilou monastry it was only 9 degs and a gale force wind blowing, too much to walk in let alone bird, however I did see raven.  Dropping down to Sigri we saw several jackdaws and turning right toward Faneromeni found 2 pied flys, 13 turtle doves together on a field plus huge flocks of Spanish and house sparrows. 

 Huge Flocks of Spanish Sparrows

Further on, up to 4 collared flycatchers plus a couple of spotteds and a handful of blackcaps, chiffs and assorted whitethroats, very poor for this area. On the beach pool 4 little stints, 2 LRPs and a nice spotted redshank. Turning back for the hour and a quarter drive back to the hotel we saw a golden oriole as we left Faneromeni.

 Spotted Redshank

Faneromeni lower ford

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