A&M Report No2, December 2007
 
2nd Dec
Water pipit in unexplored area on south coast between Plakias and Preveli
 
7th Dec
male hen harrier between Provarma and Samonas.
marsh harrier, common snipe, black-necked grebe and kingfisher at Georgioupolis View Point.
 
9th Dec
Whitethroat, while walking behind Georgioupolis towards Mathes.
flock of c.20 woodlarks in same area.
 
10th Dec
Short-toed treecreeper in foothills of White Mountains.  (This was from the road we went on with you one evening from Vrisses - we saw a hoopoe that time)
Several song thrushes were disturbed as we walked in same area, and, unusually we thought, four male blackbirds "together" in the same group of small trees.
 
11th Dec
At Agia Reservoir - Marsh harrier, kingfisher, cettis warbler (seen), lots of chiffchaffs, teal, shoveler, pochard, black-necked grebe and a single cormorant, plus all the usual coots (over 200) and gulls.
 
12th Dec
While driving slowly around the Askifou Plain - two bramblings (a first for us)(good record for Crete - Roy).  Otherwise, mainly chaffinches and corn buntings.
Enroute home, a lesser spotted eagle flying south into the surrounding hills near Miriokefala.
 
In the last few days the following have all been seen from standing by windows in our living room:
light phase booted eagles (pair), otherwise a single bird most days recently.
kestrel
sparrowhawk
common buzzard
hooded crow
blue rock thrush
crag martins (small flocks)
stonechat
robin
great tit
blue tit
house sparrow
chaffinch
goldfinch
greenfinch
blackbird
black redstart
serin
chiffchaff
sardinian warbler
cettis warbler (again, seen on bank behind garden)
woodlark (on telephone line over main road)
blackcap, female.
 
The weather has been rainy recently, and increased bird activity on our plot.
Yesterday, the booted eagle was harassed by a kestrel for over 20 minutes, above a nearby hill.  They went very high up and I had to give up watching!
Our local marsh harrier seems to continually patrol the area between the View Point and Kalivaki Beach.  At the latter, we usually see blue rock thrush, two or more kingfishers, a common sandpiper, and currently an immature cormorant.
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