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:


Anemone


Καρβουνιάρης  - Phoenicurus ochruros - Black Redstart


Καρβουνιάρης  - Phoenicurus ochruros - Black Redstart


Καρβουνιάρης  - Phoenicurus ochruros - Black Redstart


Καρβουνιάρης  - Phoenicurus ochruros - Black Redstart (male)


Σπιζαετός - Hieraaetus fasciatus - Bonelliís Eagle


Σταυραετός - Hieraaetus pennatus - Booted Eagle


Τσιφτάς - Miliaria calandra - Corn Bunting


Τουρλίδα - Numenius arquata - Curlew


Σούλα (του Βορά) - Morus bassanus - Northern Gannet


Σούλα (του Βορά) - Morus bassanus - Northern Gannet


Σούλα (του Βορά) - Morus bassanus - Northern Gannet


Χρυσαετός - Aquila chrysaetos - Golden Eagle


Χρυσαετός - Aquila chrysaetos - Golden Eagle


Χρυσαετός - Aquila chrysaetos - Golden Eagle


Καρδερίνα - Carduelis carduelis - Goldfinch


Ορνιο - Gyps fulvus - Griffon Vulture


Βαλτόκιρκος - Circus cyaneus - Hen Harrier


Βαλτόκιρκος - Circus cyaneus - Hen Harrier


Ασημόγλαρος - Larus cacchinans - Yellow-legged Herring Gull


Sunrise Kaliviani


Βραχοκιρκίνεζο - Falco tinnunculus - Kestrel (male)


Βραχοκιρκίνεζο - Falco tinnunculus - Kestrel (female)


Αλκυόνα - Alcedo atthis - Kingfisher
 


Φανέτο - Carduelis cannabina - Linnet


Νανοβουτηχτάρι - Tachybaptus ruficollis - Little Grebe


Νανοβουτηχτάρι - Tachybaptus ruficollis - Little Grebe


Λιβαδοκελάδα - Anthus pratensis - Meadow Pipit


Ροδοπελεκάνος - Pelecanus onocrotalus - White Pelican
 


Ροδοπελεκάνος - Pelecanus onocrotalus - White Pelican


Πετρίτης - Falco peregrinus - Peregrine Falcon


Rainbow over small church


Αετομάχος - Lanius collurio - Red-backed Shrike


Καλαμοτσίχλονο - Emberiza schoeniclus - Reed Bunting


Λεπτόραμφος Γλάρος - Larus genei - Slender-billed Gull


Λεπτόραμφος Γλάρος - Larus genei - Slender-billed Gull


??????? - Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris - Steppe Grey Shrike


??????? - Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris - Steppe Grey Shrike


??????? - Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris - Steppe Grey Shrike


Φιδαετός - Circaetus gallicus - Short-toed Eagle


Μυγοχάφτης - Muscicapa striata - Spotted Flycatcher


Τσιχλογέρακο - Accipiter nisus - Sparrowhawk


Κρυπτοτσικνιάς - Ardeola ralloides - Squacco Heron


Μαυρολαίμης - Saxicola torquata - Stonechat


Μαυρολαίμης - Saxicola torquata - Stonechat


Λευκοσουσουράδα - Motacilla alba - White Wagtail


Λευκοσουσουράδα - Motacilla alba - White Wagtail

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