AUGUST  2009

REPORT FROM KISSAMOS BAY AREA

From the beginning of the month fairly large numbers of Barn Swallow moving south.

A report Roy Magnuson, of Lammergeier and Firecrest seen at Samaria Gorge on the 1st.

From Nikos, also on the 1st , The Lapwing still present at Tavronitis along with, Wood and Common Sandpiper, 15-20 Little Ringed Plover, Hoopoe, Grey Heron and a male Little Crake.

Great views of a Lesser Grey Shrike at home on the 7th.

12th Sea Daffodils in flower

A trip out on the 14th gives us a nice surprise Lammergeier sighting.

16th great Lammergeier sightings with Nikos. Also at home on 28th

Black Kite on the 18th & 20th

Booted Eagle pale morph  20th

More tagged and ringed Griffons .

Flocks of Little Egret on the 15th [16] & 24th [ 50+] & 31st [15+55]

7th
A Lesser Grey Shrike perched nearby stayed for the morning allowing some time to study it


Lesser Grey Shrike
- photo by and © C&S


Lesser Grey Shrike in flight
- photo by and © C&S

8th
Not much happening today except for upwards of thirty Hooded Crows as they perched along our electric wire


Hooded Crows on our electric wire
- photo by and © C&S

9th
We had six Ravens on the slope behind the house taking it in turns chasing the sheep up and down the hill, it was an amazing sight watching this team as they seemed to be enjoying themselves irritating the sheep.


Ravens rounding up sheep !!!
- photo by and © C&S

10th
A trip to the harbour at kissamos to have a look at a rather pricy looking luxury yacht had us looking at a pair of juvenile Mediterranean Gulls.


Mediterranean Gull juv.
- photo by and © C&S


Mediterranean Gull juv. in flight
- photo by and © C&S


Mediterranean Gull juv.
- photo by and © C&S

When we arrived home, a close up Griffon vulture as it flew past the house onto Gramvousa joining several other birds feeding on the slopes nearby.


Close up from the house of Griffon Vulture
- photo by and © C&S

13th
Hooded Crows take to the air around the house today


Hooded Crow in flight
- photo by and © C&S

14th
We go for an early walk into Deliana Gorge. We have not been feeling too good for a few days and needed to get out. We got to the gorge for 08.30  and walked to the church midway in before returning and watching the Griffons return to their roost. High above and heading southeast a subadult Lammergeier flew over.

We only had a small lens on the camera so no Lammergeier, shot of a spider instead


Argiope lobata
- photo by and © C&S

16th
Agia Lake and Omalos, great views of Lammergeier again with Nikos + Golden Eagle distant, 50 species seen.

We birded the lake then the plateau up onto Kalergi then the entrance to the gorge


Argiope bruennichi
- photo by and © C&S


Argiope bruennichi
- photo by and © C&S


Dragonfly - Sympetrum fonscolombei - Red-veined Darter - photo by and © C&S


Woodchat Shrike on Omalos plateau
- photo by and © C&S

Sue spotted a Lammergeier fly low over the gorge entrance and fly off following the road down to the plateau only to return some minutes later along with its mate , both of them carrying sticks , the first headed down into the gorge the second headed across the gorge and sat for some minutes in a hole in the mountainside, brilliant views these were our best and closest sightings yet of this species.


The first Lammergeier
- photo by and © C&S


The second Lammergeier 100 metres behind its mate
- photo by and © C&S


The second again
- photo by and © C&S


The hole where one landed
- photo by and © C&S


Yellow Wagtail
- photo by and © C&S

18th
We had another tagged Griffon Vulture over the house today in amongst 21 others


Tagged Griffon Vulture number 54
- photo by and © C&S


Egyptian Cricket
- photo by and © C&S

20th
Booted Eagle over today pursued by a single Raven, followed half an hour later by two Black kites that circled a few times before continuing south


Booted Eagle being harassed by a Raven
- photo by and © C&S


The two Black Kites travelling close together as they migrate south
- photo by and © C&S


One of the Black Kites
- photo by and © C&S

21st
Another ringed Griffon Vulture over the house; we seem to be seeing a lot more these days.


The Ringed Griffon Vulture
- photo by and © C&S

23rd A Peregrine Falcon flew nearby and did several stoops into the flocks of Goldfinch, but with no success.


Peregrine Falcon
- photo by and © C&S

23 Goldfinch, Red-backed Shrike and Common Buzzard around all day giving good views.


Goldfinch
- photo by and © C&S


Juvenile Red-backed Shrike
- photo by and © C&S


Common Buzzard
- photo by and © C&S

24th
More Common Buzzard close views, also Little Egret flock fly along the coast and our local Hooded Crows rest a while in nearby scrub


Common Buzzard
- photo by and © C&S


Migrating Little Egret
- photo by and © C&S


Hooded Crows
- photo by and © C&S

27th
A trip to Prassanos Gorge with Alan and Margaret gave us fantastic views, thanks both for showing us this great place to view the Griffons, we then went on to Potamo Dam, the first time we have visited this site, when the plants, the water life and levels settle this will be a place of great potential, no doubt Alan and Margaret will visit more than us and will post their findings ….for our visit we had lots of Barn Swallow, 1 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, Coot in small numbers, Kingfisher 2, Common Buzzard, Raven, Hooded Crow and Crag Martin.


Griffon at Prassanos Gorge
- photo by and © C&S

29th and 30th  Lots of Red-backed Shrike around at the moment enabling a few images. Also what we think may be a Dark Bush Cricket….Pholidoptera griseoaptera


Dark Bush Cricket….Pholidoptera griseoaptera
- photo by and © C&S


? juvenile or 1st winter Red-backed Shrike
- photo by and © C&S


Male red-backed Shrike
- photo by and © C&S

September will see us home for only a few days, we will be off to Antikythera for three weeks for the autumn raptor migration count with the Hellenic Ornithological Society.

We will do a short report from Crete and of course an Antikythera report.

Have a good September and good birding

Colin and Sue
 

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