August 2008 Report
 

                        REPORT FROM KISSAMOS BAY AREA

All pictures attached to monthly reports are photos taken on the day of the actual species mentioned and are not archived shots.

This months regulars ……12 species.

Crested Lark….Hooded Crow…. ….Italian Sparrow….Sardinian Warbler….Blackbird…. Greenfinch….Rock Dove….Buzzard….Great Tit….Goldfinch…. Raven….Collared Dove, are seen daily and not recorded in the lists below unless they are seen in significant numbers. Also our resident Bats.

This months highlights

Lammergeier spotted nearby on the 5th

Hoopoe in our olive grove between the 8-24th

Bonelli’s Eagle..a pair on the 10th

Red-backed Shrike from mid month onward

Our first Tree Sparrows in this area on 18th

Lesser Grey Shrike on the 19th

Wryneck …three at least, at Lake Agia plus duck species arriving on the 21st

Willow Warblers, Waders and duck arriving in the last week of the month.

Little Egret 30 on the 26th

Lesser Spotted Eagle. 24th

A Glossy Ibis found feeding in the river at Kissamos by Bob and Dawn on the 29th.

More Migrants moving through on 29th and a new species for us.

An Osprey on the 31st

1ST

Buzzard 3, Eleonora’s Falcon 2 an adult and juv. Woodchat Shrike. Griffon Vulture 6, Swallow and Kestrel 1, Stonechat and Northern Wheatear.

2nd

16 Raven, 6 Eleonora’s Falcon, juv Woodchat Shrike, 3 Griffon Vulture…one flew in so close to the house over our olive trees and level with the kitchen window about 15 metres away, fantastic the closest one has come to the house. Swallow, Stonechat and Northern Wheatear. A Cory’s Shearwater was spotted just offshore as it dipped in and out of the troughs of the rough seas. At 8pm a Peregrine Falcon.

3rd

Still fairly stormy today so not too much about with the force 7B winds we could only add 2 Eleonora’s Falcon at 11.00hrs.

4th

Today we thought we would get up at 4am and do an early lake Agia visit.  A Barn Owl was heard nearby as we set off and a Crested Lark was seen sitting on the road along the beach. Another Barn Owl was seen on route.

We arrived about thirty minutes before sun up, made ourselves a coffee and watched the lake come to life.

Collared Dove could be heard in the trees nearby and the coot young started pestering their parents for food and Little Grebe started their chattering call before the sun rose.

A Night Heron was seen silhouetted as it flew low over the water.

As the day slowly dawned hundreds of Italian Sparrow and Goldfinch could be seen lifting from their nights roosts and flying off in large groups. Distant shapes became birds and what in the gloom at first looked like a gull raft turned out to be 24 domestic geese !!!. We noticed the water level was way below its usual depth, exposing lots of weed and mud areas, an old stone ruin became exposed along the south bank looking eerie with its walls draped with dried weed.

Swallows turned up in small groups to feed and a few waders were to be seen as they flew to the areas of exposed mud banks. Kingfishers could be heard and it was some time until we saw our first one as it flew alongside the dam. As the light grew brighter a Grey Heron flew in.

Once it rose above the horizon the sun moved quickly into the sky taking the early morning chill with it. Sunscreen was applied and we moved off along the path towards the village. Here we caught sight of Reed and Sedge warblers.

Small birds, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit and Goldfinch could now be seen flitting noisily through the wooded area to the south side of the lake. We stopped near the picnic area a little distance from and over the new footbridge and watched the crystal clear spring water bubbling up in what is now a landscaped area, lots of insects, Dragonfly etc. can be seen here and a little further along what once used to be a decent lake view area is now overgrown with bamboo and other grasses, a little effort and a way through gets us in sight of an area not visible from the footpath near the Taverna , here we see a couple more Grey Heron and some Mallard. We catch sight of some new butterflies and flowers not seen by us before and spend some time in this area photographing them. We realise that our morning has nearly gone and its time to head off home for lunch. As we make our way back along the same route the lakes Terrapins can be seen on every available mud area and frog’s heads poke through the weed their croaking calls echoing loudly across the lake. We arrive back at the car and leave just before the small imitation train comes in from the nearby coastal resorts to deposit its load of tourists on their scenic drive.

Our sightings for the morning……

400+ Coot adult and young, 30+ Moorhen, 20+ Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Night Heron, 4 female Mallard, 2 Kingfisher, Swallow and House Martin.

A flock of 60+ Hooded Crow, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. 5 White Wagtail, Linnet, Goldfinch, Italian Sparrow and Great Tit.

Greenfinch, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler.

24 Domestic geese, from the original 3 birds a few years ago these are now split into three separate family groups. Plus an Aylesbury type duck.

Frogs, Terrapins and several species of dragonfly, moth and butterfly were  also seen

On the way home a single imm. Yellow-legged Gull and a Stonechat.

5th

Eleonora’s Falcon 3 hunted the area just above the church. Northern Wheatear, a juv. Woodchat Shrike plus 2 adults. Our first Chaffinch for some time. 

Griffon Vultures singly and in family groups fly onto Gramvousa, 9 birds in all. Later at 6pm whilst setting a new watering system a low flying one appeared only metres above the house, closer than the one [maybe the same bird] a few days earlier. To see them so close as they silently glide overhead has to be one of life’s great experiences, these birds with their near three metre wingspan looking straight into your eyes as they slowly drift along and then to circle,  still looking at you just above head height…… wow, it makes you hold your breath.

A group of 13 Raven then singles 4, Alpine Swift, 2 Kestrel and Swallow.

At 1pm …. Lammergeier an adult is seen again as it flies high above, north onto the peninsula. Hopefully more sightings will be had in the coming months.

A Peregrine Falcon at 7.10pm completes the day.  

6th

Linnet, 3 Eleonora’s Falcon, Swallow and House Martin.  A single Griffon Vulture lifted from the ridge above the little church followed by nine others and with them upwards of 40 Raven, a fantastic sighting as they all soared above us for some ten minutes before drifting off onto the peninsula.

Alpine Swift, Kestrel, 5 Buzzard and a Stonechat.

A nice moth was found under our garden table an Ophiusa tirhaca

Ophiusa tirhaca , photo by and © C&S

7th

We picked up Bob at 5am for a trip to the White Mountains, we arrived nice and early at a small valley and proceeded in whilst still dark, sighting one Barn owl on route. Like at the lake we watched and listened as the mountains this time woke up……Chukar were heard all around and as the light came we sighted 6 as they flew up from the track in front of us and the Bats returned to their roosts. Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Northern Wheatear and Goldfinch were about in large numbers. A few Blue Rock Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit and Stonechat. 8 Griffon Vulture were seen before 08.30 then nothing more. In fact the time we spent up near Kalergi Hut refuge was very disappointing we saw a single Buzzard and the skies were empty of any raptors. We did catch sight of what we think were, maybe Grey Herons, these were seen flying a few thousand metres higher than the mountains we were on, flying in a V formation in a SW direction, they were too far away and it was impossible to say for sure exactly what they were, As we started to leave the area we sighted 2 Chough. Wren and Chaffinch were about in good numbers. Italian Sparrow, 3 Wood Pigeon, a flock of about 20 Rock Dove. A single Alpine Swift was seen in the distance and a few Swallow put in an appearance, a further sighting of a Buzzard and  1 Jay heard. 2 Raven, a single Crag Martin.  Down near Omalos Plateau…  15 Hooded Crow, Linnet, Woodchat Shrike.  Nearer home Crested Lark and Collared Dove.

A look at the two pools on the plateau, both have virtually dried up now with the odd Linnet taking a drink.

At the circular pool there is now a small information hut with posters and leaflets with two benches situated a little way off. There does not appear to be anyone manning the site so when information will be available is anyone’s guess. There are also two fenced pits dug nearby with Natura 2000 notices, what these are for we do not know, they seem too deep for scrapes and we will try to find out next time we are there.

One of the new benches being used by Bob overlooking the pool at Omalos plateau, photo by and © C&S

The new information kiosk at Omalos plateau, photo by and © C&S 

8th

20+ Raven just over the ridge, 4 Eleonora’s Falcon over the day, 9 Griffon Vulture. 6 Buzzard over together, lots of interaction and noise they stayed most of the day. Entering the olive grove to turn on the water to the trees a nice sighting of a Hoopoe as it fed quietly in the shadows, it flew as I worked and later we went to see if it was still around, we saw it three more times through the day hopefully it will be around for a few  more days. A kestrel and a Peregrine Falcon, Swallow and Northern Wheatear.

9th

Hooded Crow 30+, 9 griffon Vulture, Hoopoe 1, Raven 35, Alpine Swift, Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Buzzard 4, Northern Wheatear, Woodchat Shrike, 4 Turtle Dove and Barn Owl.

10th

Swallow, a black throated Black-eared Wheatear, Northern Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, pair of Bonellis Eagle, Stonechat. As night fell a Nightjar flew in front of the balcony and a Scops Owl called high in the hills.

11th

Stonechat, Hoopoe still present in the olive grove, a Grey Heron flew along the coast. 2 Turtle Dove, Swallow, 11Griffon Vulture.

12th

Kestrel 2, Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, 29 Raven, 22 Hooded Crow, 1 Blue Rock Thrush, Northern Wheatear, Juv. Woodchat Shrike, Blue Tit, 8 Griffon Vulture, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Hoopoe, 1 Eleonora’s Falcon.

8 Little Egret flew back and forth along the coast for most of the day, a single Yellow-legged Gull sat on the rocks. Stonechat 1, Turtle Dove 3. Late afternoon and a flock of some 20 birds could be seen flying fast and low across the water they landed a couple of times into a tight group, but too far away to positively ID although we tend to think they were duck and most probably Garganey.

13th

Kestrel, 1 Hoopoe still present, Barn Swallow and Red-rumped Swallow and a single Yellow-legged Gull.

14th

Blue Rock Thrush, 2 . Eleonora’s Falcon 1, Swallow, Juv Woodchat Shrike, Peregrine Falcon 2 calling and interacting over the house late afternoon. At night a Barn Owl called nearby.

15th

Buzzard ,4 over the house at 0715, Swallow, an adult and a juv. Woodchat Shrike, Kestrel 2, Griffon Vulture 1.

At 15.00 a single Eleonora’s Falcon hunted close to the house for 30 minutes giving great views and fantastic display of flying skills.

Eleonora’s Falcon, photo by and © C&S

16th

Swallow, Alpine Swift, Red-rumped Swallow, a single Turtle Dove, Northern Wheatear. One Spotted Flycatcher, 3 juv Woodchat Shrike and a Northern Wheatear sat in a line on our electric wire all chasing off after the same insect, a good 15 minutes of fun watching their antics. Whilst this was going on a single Hoopoe flew in and sat nearby on a fence.

A partial lunar eclipse took place tonight so we stayed awake long enough to get a few pictures.

Migrating Hoopoe, photo by and © C&S

Partial Lunar Eclipse, photo by and © C&S

17th

Two Hoopoe were seen early on as we took a walk around the house. House Martin, Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow were seen in small numbers throughout the day. A juv. Woodchat Shrike, 2 Eleonora’s Falcon, 1 Turtle Dove and a Stonechat. 

Our resident pair of Buzzard, photo by and © C&S

18th

Northern Wheatear, Swallow, Stonechat, Woodchat Shrike 1adult and 3 juv. a mixed flock of House, Italian and Tree Sparrow fed in a nearby sheep pen small groups heading off southwards.

Along the beach road we spotted our first Red-backed Shrike on migration.

Common Buzzard passing through, photo by and © C&S

19th

Spotted Flycatcher, and Northern Wheatear sat on the fence as we had breakfast and a Lesser Grey shrike flew in to join them, another bird was seen along the road below, with 2 Red-backed and 2Woodchat Shrike also seen. Blue Tit fed in a nearby tree and a Turtle Dove sat on our telephone wire. Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow a single Griffon Vulture flew south along the line of Falasarna ridge and an Eleonora’s falcon flew over the house.

Lesser Grey Shrike, photo by and © C&S

A Kingfisher flew a few metres offshore along the edge of the promenade at Kissamos.

Another Red-backed Shrike was seen on electric wires along the beach road.

Eight Little Egrets sat on rocks just west of the small Kissamos fishing harbour.

The local Barn Owl was once again seen sitting on the fence 15 metres away.

20th

Friends Bob and Dawn came to visit with their lads on holiday from UK in the hope of getting a few new birds. They arrived just after 10.30….. Missing the Woodchat Shrike by five minutes, the 11 Griffon Vultures by thirty minutes and an Eleonora’s Falcon and a Kestrel by ten minutes. Also prior to their arrival we had all the usual regulars plus Alpine Swift, Northern Wheatear, Swallow and House Martin. The incident they missed by seconds which had us amazed was the local Buzzard diving onto a young one sat on its usual ledge behind the house. This bird swooped down just missing the sitting bird then immediately diving again to land on top of it, where it was held down and repeatedly pecked. With wings outspread the attacked Buzzard lay still and the other one flew off. This young Buzzard lay perfectly still for some minutes we thought it had been killed. It straightened itself out after three or four minutes and rose into the sky where it joined the bird that had attacked it, they rose together and then flew off as if nothing had happened….what was it all about, we don’t know, do you….

Answers on a postcard please…

Nearly forgot that just prior to this incident we also witnessed a Swallow mobbing a Raven for several minutes, the raven having to take avoiding action on numerous occasions.  

As the Buzzard incident ended our visitors arrived and we could only show them a distant Griffon Vulture and a Red-backed Shrike. A short while later we were sitting enjoying coffee when a Griffon Vulture was spotted coming in low in a direct line for us, we watched without having to get up as it soared past at about 30-50 metres above us did a loop and flew off onto Gramvousa, giving our visitors their best views to date.

Griffon Vulture, photo by and © C&S

A little later we had all gone onto the flat roof for a 360 degree look for birds when a single Eleonora’s Falcon did us the honour of a flypast. Two firsts with the shrike to add to their lists. So not a waste of time and a nice few hours of their good company.

21st

A trip to Agia lake was planned and after a late night we awoke tired but ready to go at 5am.

Arriving just as the sun rose we witnessed, once again the sights and sounds as the lake came to life….. The first thing we noticed was the water levels were way down from our visit earlier this month with lots of mud exposed, we can only hope that the lake is not allowed to dry out as it did a few years ago.

We scanned the reed edges and found a Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron and 3 Night Heron 2ad. 1juv.Coot were seen again in large numbers upwards of 200, Moorhen maybe 50+ with young and the same with Little Grebe 50+ with young. Swallow began to swoop down to the water and Blackbirds could be heard from the orange groves behind the taverna. Sardinian Warbler were everywhere flitting between the blackberry bushes at the lakeside and the bushes to the west of the dam. The only waders we could find…..Wood sandpiper, 2, and a Common Sandpiper 1.

Cetti’s Warbler were to be seen in almost all the long reeds and shrubs. We progressed along the dam towards the new footbridge. Stopping for a coffee we heard Wryneck calling from the area of tall Plane trees, looking long and hard we could not spot them even thought they were very close, later we saw two at the taverna area and presumed they were the same although we could hear another from the original area, we later we spotted two at the original site but would say three for sure, but there may have been a few more, they were certainly noisy. Usually a scarce passage migrant these are the first we have seen and heard in August.

White Wagtail, 6 could be seen feeding on the far exposed mud banks.

As we proceeded over the bridge and through the trees the Wrynecks grew noisier, Spotted Flycatcher ten or more were seen and a juv Grey Wagtail was seen on the edge of the pool that comes from the mountain springs that bubble up here. A Kingfisher flew in and settled near us as we watched a Cetti’s warbler feeding in a Fig tree where we also saw Italian Sparrow and Goldfinch feeding on the overripe figs. A Wren called from a near dry stream bed and came into view for a short while the first we have seen low down, usually we only get to see them high in the White Mountains. Two Linnet flew noisily over and Hooded Crow were seen flying at the eastern end of the lake.

We proceeded along the southern edge of the lake, really now overgrown with tall bamboo and leaving only one view point into the lake itself, from here you can see into a couple of reed free small inlets and in this area  we spotted 6 Ferruginous Duck, 4 f Mallard, 5 f Teal, 3 Garganey, and 3 Shoveler. Several Great Tit flitted among the trees and we spotted in total 8 Kingfisher either flying or sat around the lake. A lone Eleonora’s Falcon put in an appearance flying low over the water   As we returned to the car we saw a small bird feeding on the branches of a plane tree which turned out to be a Willow Warbler, very early, this juv is a few weeks ahead of schedule, a  Stonechat flew by and settled near the taverna. Collared Dove called from nearby trees and the first little tourist train of the day arrived as we left at about 11am.

Along the road we saw a Red-backed Shrike sat on an electric wire and several more Common Buzzard on the route home.

Arriving home at about 13.30 we spotted 2 Hoopoe in the adjacent olive grove, 30+ Hooded Crow rose up from the nearby sheep pen, Chaffinch are arriving back with several to be seen feeding below the olive trees with Greenfinch and Northern Wheatear, Crested Lark called as we approached our gate and a Sardinian Warbler, Blackbird and Great Tit flew up from our track. As we unloaded the car a Kestrel appeared overhead and disappeared over the small church.

A great morning…. with Wryneck, Grey Wagtail, Water Rail and early Willow Warbler also the duck species this is one of our better August days.

22nd

Ten species in as many minutes to start the day…. Walking towards the rear gulley 20+ Hooded Crow. A flock of 30+ Rock Dove shot past and onto Gramvousa, 40+ raven were seen high on the distant ridges, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Great and Blue Tit, Blackbird, Italian Sparrow and Sardinian Warbler. Heading indoors to get the binoculars a Northern Wheatear and Goldfinch were seen. A nice start to the day. Checking out the front area, single, Collared and Turtle Dove fed in the sheep pen accompanied by 38 Hooded Crow which sat in a line on our electric wire.

Hooded Crow, photo by and © C&S

A Lesser Grey Shrike hunted from a boundary fence, whilst on one of the northern fences sat a Stonechat. Chaffinch numbers are increasing and several could be seen in the olive grove. A Blue Rock Thrush was heard and after a short while was spotted in the rocks above the church, late afternoon and two were seen flying together in the same location. Goldfinch in large flocks fed on thistle heads and a handful of Greenfinch were also seen. Barn and Red-rumped Swallow were all around and a single Griffon Vulture flew onto Gramvousa peninsula at 10.50, followed by a lone Eleonora’s Falcon five minutes later. Things quietened off at eleven, the only other bird was a young Willow Warbler that stopped off at one of the small drink stations we have put out.

23rd

Two Blue Rock Thrush, 40+ Hooded Crow, Woodlark [heard], Stonechat, Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Woodchat Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Eleonora’s Falcon 1 at 11.35, 1at 20.20.

24th

Greenfinch, Blue Rock thrush, Swallow, Stonechat. At 10.00 we spotted 14 Griffon Vultures soaring to the south of us and later 7 headed overhead, north at 1255. 4 Woodchat Shrike, 1 Lesser Grey Shrike, 2 Red-backed Shrike, 2 Kestrel, Northern Wheatear. At 1100 a Lesser Spotted Eagle over the peninsula and a Peregrine Falcon. At 11.12 an Eleonora’s Falcon and 40+ Raven. 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Hoopoe and a Northern Wheatear.

Migrating Buzzard, photo by and © C&S

25th

Not too much birding done today as we watched the local wood store and furniture factory burn to the ground. Starting at 6am it burnt all day and into the night. Twelve fire fighters and five fire trucks attended !

The Factory ablaze from end to end, photo by and © C&S

Woodchat Shrike, Blue Rock Thrush, Red-backed Shrike, at 09.45 1 Eleonora’s Falcon, Swallow, Northern Wheatear. At night a Barn Owl and a Little Owl was heard.

26th

Red-backed Shrike 2.

Red Backed Shrike, photo by and © C&S

Red Backed Shrike, photo by and © C&S

Hooded Crow 60c flew very noisily about, their numbers seem to be on the increase daily. Greenfinch, Blue Rock Thrush, Kestrel. Buzzard 4, Swallow, Turtle Dove, Woodchat Shrike 1adult 2 juv. 1 Spotted Flycatcher. At 19.00hrs had an all to brief sighting of c.30 Little Egret as they flew along the coast with a single Yellow-legged Gull in attendance. Northern Wheatear in increasing numbers and a Barn Owl.

27th

Kestrel, swallow, Northern Wheatear, 13 Griffon Vulture at 1145 flying in a line onto the peninsula, later at 13.55 five more followed the same route. 1 red-backed Shrike and 2 Turtle Dove.

28th

Kestrel 2, Griffon Vulture 2 at 10.15 followed later by another single bird. Chaffinch, Woodchat Shrike, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Stonechat.

29th

A quiet day at home with the Cicadas now virtually silent [ hooray ] we hear Woodlark singing again.

1 Northern Wheatear, 2 Blue Rock Thrush, Stonechat, 1 Red-backed Shrike and Swallow.

We decide to take a trip into the lower hills of Gramvousa peninsula, in a hunt for migrants.

Not to be disappointed we see 4 Lesser Grey shrike, 3 woodchat Shrike, 6 Red-backed Shrike.

Lesser Grey Shrike, photo by and © C&S

Red-Backed Shrike, photo by and © C&S

Woodchat and Lesser Grey Shrike, photo by and © C&S

Willow Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, male and female Whitethroat, Northern Wheatear, 1 Black-eared [dark throated] Wheatear, Stonechat, 1 Raven, 1 Buzzard, Crested Lark and Woodlark.

Blackbird, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Italian Sparrow, House Sparrow, Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, 5 Spotted Flycatcher.

We found a new warbler to add to our life list for Crete …Icterine Warbler

Icterine Warbler, photo by and © C&S

We had just arrived home and started lunch when a phone call from Bob told us of a single Glossy Ibis feeding in the near dry river in the middle of Kissamos. So dropping everything as you do when you have not seen this species this year we headed off into town and were rewarded with really close up views of probably winter plumaged adult which came close up allowing us some time to study its feeding habits.

Glossy Ibis, photo by and © C&S

We also spotted whilst out along that route …Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, Crested Lark, Woodchat Shrike, 1 Blue Rock Thrush, Barn Swallow, Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard.

Unfortunately there were no raptor sightings throughout the day apart from the local population of Buzzard, we had hoped to see some of these migrating through on the peninsula.

30th

A nice change in the weather this morning with 50-60% cloud cover and a nice NW breeze. We catch sight of a Subalpine Warbler taking a bathe in one of our artificial pools, that we usually see as a spring migrant, a nice spot for August. Northern Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush 2 , with one seen in our olive grove instead of on the higher rocks. Red-backed Shrike and Woodlark. With more birds starting to migrate through we also get visiting the water bath a Willow warbler and a Song Thrush put in an all to brief appearance. Woodchat Shrike 1, Turtle Dove 5, Griffon Vultures 4 seen circling for 4 minutes directly over the house, before splitting up and heading off in different directions. Whilst at 17.25 a pair of Eleonora’s Falcon circled over the beach road with a couple of Common Buzzard.

31st

Lovely …we went out to silence, not one Cicada to block the sounds of the Woodlark , Crested Lark and the Blue Rock Thrush as their calls now echoed around the hills. Adult and juv. Blackbird up to 6 seen in the olive trees. Northern Wheatear Red-backed Shrike and Woodchat Shrike. Chaffinch and two Turtle Dove.

At 10.15 an Osprey flew through heading south a brief glimpse of it for about 15 seconds as it soared through on the  NNE wind. Fifteen minutes later a Peregrine Falcon headed SSE and a Kestrel hovered on the slopes behind the house. At 10.42 a pair of Griffon Vulture flew west and at 12.40 three more were seen heading north onto the peninsula.

A Shag was seen preening on a rock near the Balos Beach Hotel. Spotted Flycatcher hunting from olive tree branches and dead gorse and a Black-eared Wheatear sat near a Rock Dove on the higher crags. A single Yellow-legged Gull.

A good month on the whole, with a new species and the migrants starting to come through in the latter part of the month, maybe a little earlier than is usual. Lots of Shrike, more than usual, giving some nice close views.

Many more Turtle Dove sightings throughout the summer 

Next month we look for more Waders, ducks on Agia lake and the raptors  that pass through at home, along with some serious observations and studying on those little warblers.

Still no sightings of Lammergeier from home again, a disappointing month for this species.

So… we look forward to high numbers of migrants as they start to pass through, September we hope will not disappoint.

From us both until next month good birding.

Colin and Sue
 

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