November report from Kissamos Bay Area
Two rarities to report this month ,on the 24th 'Saxaul' Grey Shrike L. (e./m.) pallidirostris, a real rarity for Greece not just Crete, with only one previous record of pallidirostris.
Also a Gannet Morus bassanus. on the 25th
Both these species were located just east of Kissamos , the shrike stayed for one day and the gannet was just a fly past.
We have had a fairly quiet month, harvesting our olives took priority !! only venturing to the lake at Agyia and Moronis and a trip to Gorgopoli to see the Slender-billed Gull that Alan found, after that we visited Lake Kournas on what was a very windy day and found a small group of 17 Black-necked Grebe
Highlights for the month were ÖGolden Eagle, two seen over the peninsula on several days of the month, along with Bonelliís Eagle and Short-toed Eagle on the 5th and 6th.
A juvenile Red-backed Shrike also on the 6th.
Booted eagles were also present on several days this month
On the 22nd 2 Golden Eagles, Bonelliís Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and a female Hen Harrier
On the 26th 4 Curlew flew in front of the house before flying out of the bay heading north??
A superb male Hen Harrier ghosted past metres away from our front balcony.
Our Crete bird list now stands at 223 species
November species listÖ 77
Red-backed Shrike, Short-toed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Cettiís Warbler, Hooded Crow, Chaffinch,
Sardinian Warbler, White Wagtail, Hen Harrier, Greenfinch, Italian Sparrow, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Stonechat
Black Restart, Chiffchaff, Raven, Common Buzzard, Rock Dove, Great Tit, Crested Lark, Linnet, Corn Bunting, Spotted Flycatcher
Barn Swallow, Griffon Vulture, Crag Martin, Sparrowhawk, Sandwich Tern, Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Coot,
Moorhen, Little Egret, Great Egret, Serin, Starling, Grey Wagtail, Slender-billed Gull, Sedge Warbler, Pelican, Mute Swan,
Mallard, Kestrel, Collared Dove, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Goldfinch, Teal, Marsh Harrier, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Bonelliís Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, Peregrine Falcon, Shag, Blue Tit, Curlew, Gannet, Meadow Pipit, Saxaul Grey Shrike
Squacco Heron, Mediterranean Gull, Robin, Black-headed Gull, Little Ringed Plover, Booted Eagle, Woodlark, Shoveler, Pochard, Garganey, Gadwall, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck
Some images from November, please note all images by and © C&S:
ochruros - Black Redstart
ochruros - Black Redstart (male)
fasciatus - Bonelliís Eagle
pennatus - Booted Eagle
arquata - Curlew
(του Βορά) - Morus bassanus -
chrysaetos - Golden Eagle
- Gyps fulvus
cyaneus - Hen Harrier
cacchinans - Yellow-legged Herring Gull
pratensis - Meadow Pipit
onocrotalus - White Pelican
onocrotalus - White Pelican
peregrinus - Peregrine Falcon
Rainbow over small church
collurio - Red-backed Shrike
- Larus genei - Slender-billed Gull
??????? - Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris - Steppe Grey Shrike
gallicus - Short-toed Eagle
nisus - Sparrowhawk
ralloides - Squacco Heron
torquata - Stonechat
alba - White Wagtail