MAY 2010



We would like to thank everyone for visiting Royís site and reading our diary, unfortunately we will not be able to continue our reports for the foreseeable future, but we will return when we are able to.


Highlights of the month Ö.

1st .. Our first sighting of a Steppe Eagle 2cy with a Greater

         Spotted Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagle circling together

2nd .. The same Steppe Eagle shows again also Osprey, Booted

         Eagle and Honey Buzzard. Lots of Eurasion Golden


3rd ..An Eastern Imperial Eagle 3cy ? Booted Eagle, several

        Woodchat Shrike. Purple Heron

4th .. Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagles and Black Kite,

        several Honey Buzzard 48 species seen from home we

        had hoped to get to that 50 figure.

5th .. Lesser Spotted Eagle, 3 Honey Buzzard, the local pair

         of Bonelliís Eagles showed for a few minutes late


6th ..Another Eastern Imperial Eagle, 2 Bonelliís Eagle, 3 pale

        morph Booted Eagles.

7th .. A summer plumaged Turnstone alighted briefly on Viglia

         Beach, a Griffon Vulture flew off Gramvousa with very

         heavy look to it and had difficulty getting any height, and

         a pair of Woodchat Shrike have taken up residence

         nearby and were seen on two occasions mating.

8th .. An Eastern Imperial Eagle was chased from the peninsula

         by one of the resident Bonelliís Eagles, 2 pale morph

         Booted Eagles were hunting nearby, a Marsh Harrier and

         Honey Buzzard flew north. Lots of Bee-eaters about

         today other migrants were few.

9th .. Another male Honey Buzzard, Eleonoraís Falcon, many

        Bee-eaters throughout the morning and our first Icterine

        Warbler this year.

13th.. We find four baby Sardinian Warblers in a nest close to

          the house

15th.. A Ringed Plover and a male Reed Bunting near Viglia


17th.. A trip to Agia and Omalos/Samaria area

18th.. Our Sardinian Warbler nest is we think predated, we

          find the nest empty and no sign of the female, the male

          starts to sing again in his territory.

21st ..Honey Buzzard and a couple of Marsh Harriers

22nd.. A male Levant Sparrowhawk. A female Tawny Owl was


23rd.. A single Bonelliís Eagle, 4 Marsh Harriers fly to the

          lower field. Female Tawny Owl heard again and a

         Weasel was spotted causing mayhem with the juvenile

         birds as it hunted nearby.

25/26th .. Good early evening views of Nightjar and a Barn Owl

        Several Scops Owls and a Tawny Owl heard.

28th .. A trip to Agia and Omalos good views Griffon Vulture,

          Booted Eagle, Cirl Bunting Night Herron and Little

          Bittern , 52 species seen through the day we dipped on

          the Red-footed falcon at Agia

31st .. Bee-eater still moving through and a pair of Balkan

         Whip Snake were seen mating, we last saw a pair at the

          same place on 20th May 2008.



This months species listÖ.105

Little Grebe, Shag, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Ferruginous Duck, Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelliís Eagle, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard,  Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Eleonoraís Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Chukar, Moorhen, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Yellow-legged Gull, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Scops Owl, Nightjar, Swift, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Skylark, Crested Lark, Woodlark, Sand Martin, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Tawny Pipit,  Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Wren, Nightingale, Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cettiís Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Wood Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Woodchat Shrike, Jay, Chough, Alpine Chough, Hooded Crow, Raven, Golden Oriole, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Serin, Reed Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Corn Bunting.


A selection of 54 images from the month all © C&S

Picture 01 Lesser Spotted Eagle on the 1st


Picture 02 Steppe Eagle on the 1st



Picture 03 Steppe Eagle 1st


Picture 04 Honey Buzzard 2nd


Picture 05 Bee-eater 2nd


Picture 06 Acrida ungarica 2nd


Picture 07 Steppe Eagle with Griffon Vulture 2nd


Picture 08 Steppe Eagle 2nd


Picture 09 Osprey 2nd


Picture 10 Golden Oriole 3rd


Picture 11 Eastern Imperial Eagle 3rd


Picture 12 Woodchat Shrike 3rd


Picture 13 Golden Oriole 3rd


Picture 14 Bee-eater 4th


Picture 15 Greenfinch 4th


Picture 16 Spanish Sparrow 4th


Picture 17 Yellow Wagtail 4th


Picture 18 Greater Spotted Eagle and Steppe Eagle 1st


Picture 19 Marsh Harrier 5th


Picture 20 Balkan Whip Snake 5th


Picture 21 Lesser Spotted Eagle


Picture 22 Booted Eagle 6th


Picture 23 Erhards Wall Lizard 6th


Picture 24 Honey Buzzard 8th


Picture 25 Lesser Spotted Eagle with Buzzard 8th


Picture 26 Lesser Spotted Eagle 8th


Picture 27 Honey Buzzard 9th


Picture 28 Sardinian Warbler 10th


Picture 29 Bee-eater 12th


Picture 30 Young Sardinian Warbler, nest predated on their

4th day, taken on the 13th


Picture 31 Pair of Woodchat Shrike 14th


Picture 32 Red Tiger Moth 14th


Picture 33 Chough 17th


Picture 34 Chough 17th


Picture 35 Griffon Vulture 17th


Picture 36 Northern Wheatear 17th


Picture 37 Woodlark 17th


Picture 38 Eleonoraís Falcon 17th


Picture 39 Common Buzzard 20th


Picture 40 Kestrel 20th


Picture 41 Passion Flower in the courtyard garden 20th


Picture 42 Bee-eater 21st


Picture 43 Bee-eater 21st


Picture 44 juvenile Stonechat 22nd


Picture 45 Skylark 22nd


Picture 46 Torrential rain 22nd


Picture 47 Tawny pipit 22nd


Picture 48 Juvenile Stonechat 23rd


Picture 49 Weasel 23rd


Picture 50 Sardinian Warbler 23rd


Picture 51 Woodchat Shrike 25th


Picture 52 Black-crowned Night Heron 28th


Picture 53 Booted Eagle 28th


Picture 54 Cirl Bunting 28th
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