After several weeks away we pick up with our diary again starting towards the end of the month.

You will have noticed no December 2009 or January 2010 reports , we decided to have a break and visit family for Christmas and also do a bit of off island birding.

We travelled through Italy and France before arriving in England on the 22nd December we encountered rain from day one on the 13th December which turned to snow on the first day in Italy , this white cold stuff stayed with us throughout the trip, only leaving us on the 18th February.

We had a total of 130 species on the trip and although we never got to do all we wanted on the trip we had a great time and might, just might, get round to putting a report together with some of the more interesting species.

Today the 23rd February as this month’s diary is starting to come together we bask in 21oC and watch as very early migrants pass through.


21st We arrive home off the early morning ferry to Souda Bay to find a beautiful male Hen Harrier hunting near the house, at night we also notice the Blue Rock Thrush still roosts on the light fitting, now seemingly resident at night for four months !

22nd our first sighting of a Brambling on the island again yards from the house. And 2 very early Honey Buzzard and 11 Common Buzzard pass through very early on migration

23rd more Common Buzzard 20+ pass through and late afternoon 200+ House Martins [again early migrants] pass through.

24th Male Hen Harrier again hunting near the house, 6 Steppe Buzzard passed by heading north

25th The last time we saw our roosting Blue Rock Thrush

26th Trip to Agia lake and Maronis, whilst at home up to 90+ Common and Steppe Buzzard pass northwards at 10.30am along with two Goshawk. At Agia another new bird for our Crete list a Fieldfare along with 2 Booted Eagle, 2 Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk lots of Serin, Blackcap and Black Redstart.

At Maronis , no sign of the Spoonbill reported by Nikos, but Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Sandwich Tern and Lesser Black-backed Gull all made the day really good.

28th 1st Hoopoe of 2010 in olive grove and at 3.30pm a 1st winter Golden Eagle flew onto Gramvousa and 25+ Common and Steppe Buzzard circle overhead. With the wind just east of north they decide not to head off and head back inland. 1st Butterfly Orchids in flower today.

23-28th Hedgehog

Daily Bird List

Chaffinch, Blackcap, Cetti’s Warbler, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Common Buzzard Sardinian Warbler, Yellow-legged Gull, Italian sparrow, Hooded Crow, Black Redstart, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Crested Lark, Goldfinch, Woodlark, Raven, Robin, Collared Dove, Linnet, Stonechat, Great Tit and Kestrel

Daily extra’s

21st Sparrowhawk, Blue Rock Thrush, Hen Harrier

22nd 1 Griffon Vulture, , 3 Blue Tit, 1 Northern Wheatear, 2 Starling, Blue Rock Thrush, Honey Buzzard and Brambling.

23rd Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Shag 2, House Martin, Barn Owl, Scops Owl, Blue Rock Thrush.

24th Scops Owl, Hen harrier, Blue Tit, Blue Rock Thrush.

25th Serin, Blue Rock Thrush.


HOME…..Griffon Vulture 2, Goshawk 2, Scops Owl

 AGIA……Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, dark and pale morphed Booted Eagle, Coot,    

                   Moorhen, Serin, Wigeon, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Gadwall, Pochard,    

                   Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier, Sedge Warbler, Mallard, Ferruginus  


MARONIS…Kingfisher 2, Grey Heron 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Redshank 1, Little

                       Ringed Plover 1, Little Egret 1, Sandwich Tern 1, Lesser Black-back

                       Gull 1, Mediterranean Gull 1, Green Sandpiper 1.

27th Shag 1, Serin,

28th Steppe Buzzard 3, Golden Eagle 1st winter plumage 1, Hoopoe 1

Hen Harrier at home
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Brambling at home
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Barbary Nuts
Gynandriris sisyrinchium at home - photo by and © C&S

Ornithogalum exscapum at home - photo by and © C&S

Almond Tree flower at home
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Rock Tulip
Tulipa saxatilis at Kaliviani - photo by and © C&S

House Martin over home
- photo by and © C&S

Female Black Redstart at one of our water trays
- photo by and © C&S

Male Black Redstart at home
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Male Black Redstart at home
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Some of the migrating Common and Steppe Buzzard over home
- photo by and © C&S

One of the two Goshawk over home
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Fieldfare in a Fig tree at Agia
- photo by and © C&S

Moorhen and terrapin at Agia
- photo by and © C&S

Kingfisher at Maronis
- photo by and © C&S

Grey Heron at Souda
- photo by and © C&S

Sardinian Warbler
- photo by and © C&S

- photo by and © C&S

A short diary this month only one weeks worth but what a week, unfortunately we never got to picture the Hoopoe or the Golden Eagle, maybe they will show tomorrow ….March already !!. We will be on the watch for more migrants next month and hope to get a trip into the mountains with Agia tagged on.

Colin and Sue
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