Wildlife report from Kissamos Bay /Kaliviani area
other wildlife, from Colin and Sue Turvey
the house there are…. Spanish Sparrow, Goldfinch , Sardinian
Warbler, Great Tit, Raven, Common Buzzard, Hooded Crow, Blackbird,
Sky/Crested Lark and Collared Dove to be seen. They may not be
listed everyday but are invariably about and easily spotted.
We try to
photograph everything so that at least we have evidence and later
can ID wildlife we are unsure about and those rarities.
September………………. local and trip to Sirikari
Hooded Crow, Isabelline Wheatear, Crested lark,
Black Kite x1, Common Buzzard x 3, Glossy Ibis x 1, 50+ Little
Egret, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Whinchat, Grass snake, Weasel.
Montague Harrier x 1, Buzzard, Griffon Vultures
12, Little Egrets, Great Tit, Crested & Sky Lark.
Buzzard 4, Griffon Vultures 25, kestrel,
Crested Lark, Golden Oriole x 1, Little Egret 30+, Red Backed Shrike
Blue Rock Thrush, Greenfinch, Buzzard x 4,
Buzzard x 4 , Goldfinch, Sardinian Warbler.
Griffin Vulture x 25, Raven 10. Turnstone x 1, Little Ringed plover
x 1, Lark ?.
Griffon Vultures x20+ feeding on hillside at
two carcass sites. Buzzards x 3, Raven, Blue Rock Thrush.
x 3, Griffon Vultures 150 +, Egyptian Vulture x 6 [ These were
flying over all day 0830-1700hrs,from West to East, largest group
seen at one time was 33 G.Vul. and 3 Egyptian,Raven 20 +, plus
unidentified Birds of Prey shadowing Vultures at a distance, Little
Egrets x 7, Eleonora’s Falcon, Kestrel, Grey Heron 60 +mixed flock
with Squacco and Purple Heron, Sardinian Warbler, Great Tit. A Hare
on our olive grove track.
September ……local followed by trip to Lake Agia
Woodchat Shrike, Buzzard x 4, Griffon Vultures
x 12, Kestrel x 2, Isabelline Wheatear, Goldfinch, Sardinian
Warbler, Spanish Sparrow, Collared dove.
Lake trip report….Water levels very low now.
Little Grebe 50 + Grey heron 3, Little Egret 5,
Lapwing x 1, Squacco Heron x 1, Night Heron x 1, Glossy Ibis x 2,
Mallard , Teal, Shoveller, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Water Rail x 2,
Eleonora’s Falcon x 4, Ruff, Little ringed Plover, Little Stint,
Sanderling, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Wood sandpiper, Imm.
Whiskered Tern, Sardinian Warbler, Kingfisher x 3 [pairs] at least
flying around the lake seen altogether. Swallow, Hooded Crow, Raven,
Isabelline Wheatear, Hoopoe x 1, Buzzard x 3,
Kestrel, Griffon Vultures 20+ Raven 12, Skylark, Blue Rock Thrush, Eleonora’s Falcon, Hooded Crow , Goldfinch, Sardinian Warbler.
Single Imm. Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture x
7, Raven x 16, Hooded Crow which we have 20-30 resident now, Little
Egret 120+, with single Glossy Ibis, Buzzard x 3 , Skylark and Great
Tit, numerous Sardinian warbler feeding on berries in garden .
September ………………..Local and Moronis river
Griffon Vultures 7, Raven 6………..at the River…
Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Kingfisher 1, Grey heron 1,
Little Egret 1, Wimbrel 1, Temmink Stint. Green or Wood Sandpiper x
3, Common Sandpiper 1.
Red backed Shrike, Buzzard, Sardinian Warbler,
Isabelline Wheatear, Yellow Wagtails, Little
Egret, Ravens, Whinchat, Buzzard, Hooded Crows.
Mewwing Buzzards woke us once again, Crested
Lark, Griffon Vultures 6, Raven 30+ H/Crows, Sardinian Warblers.
Blue rock Thrush, Sardinian Warbler[s], Buzzard
4 , Raven 12, H/C’s and
Single Blue Tit.
Grey Heron 79, Buzzard, Sardinian Warblers,
Glossy Ibis 2
Griffon Vulture 2
Blue Rock Thrush, Buzzards, Raven 60+, Spotted
Flycatcher 1, Sardinian Warblers, Skylark.
Buzzard 2, little Egret 60+, Isabelline
Wheatear, Crested Lark, Raven.
Little Egret 40, Buzzard 4, Sardinian warbler,
Woodchat Shrike 1.
Great Tit 3, Sardinian Warblers, Buzzard 4,
Cormorant 1, Blackbird, Stonechat, Egrets, Crested Larks, Red
Underwing Moth [catocala elocata].
Blackbird, Sardinian warbler, Skylark, Buzzard
6, Little Egret 7, Crested Lark.
Apart from the usual birds listed at the top
,we spent the day watching 80+ Grey Heron, 3 Purple Heron, 1 Glossy
Ibis, 1 Great White Egret as they continued to move around the bay
between the port of Kissamos and Gramvousa Peninsula. Little Ringed
Plover 1, Sardinian Warblers, unknown distant Tern, Kestrel 2,
buzzard 4, Swallows, Griffon Vultures 4 Ravens, Hooded Crow, Spanish
Sparrow, single Chaffinch and 2 Crested Lark, Whinchat 2. Late
afternoon we saw a single…. either Marsh Harrier or Long Legged
Buzzard. A large flock of
sand and Crag martins passed through.
September…. Local and trip to Agia Lake
Sparrowhawk which landed on rocks above the
house and was joined by a single Chaffinch which realised its
mistake and was soon off , I did manage to get a photo of them sat
together though…..Whinchat, swallows, Sand Martin, Grey heron 31,
Purple Heron 1, Isabelline Wheatear, Great Tits, Buzzards our now
local 4, Spanish Sparrows, Sardinian Warblers. On the way to the
lake …..our first autumn beautiful male Red Footed Falcon spotted
by Sue as we sped along the National road, being harassed by 3
Hooded Crows also near the same spot 1km outside Kastelli Kissamos,
3 Turtle Doves, and 2 Collared Doves. At the lake with water levels
now somewhat higher after the first rains since May, we saw
Kingfisher 6+, Little Egret 3, Sparrowhawk 1, Grey Heron 3,
Shoveller, Gargany, Teal, Pintail 1 [Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe in
usual numbers] Ruff 2, Dunlin 6, Cetti’s Warbler [heard several
managed to spot one], Stonechat pair, Martins, Swallows, Hooded Crow
20+, Buzzard 2 distant.
Buzzard 4, Griffon Vultures 15, Sardinian
Warblers, Great Tit 2, Raven a sweep of the sky all round produced
20+. Isabelline wheatear, Collared Dove, Skylark.
Buzzard our usual 4, Sardinian warblers, Great Tit 2, Raven 4,
Isabelline wheatear, Northern wheatear 2, Collared Dove 2,
Sky/Crested Lark, Distant Falcon ?Eleonora’s, Cormorant 1,
Whinchat 2, Blue Rock Thrush 1, Stonechat pair, Willow warbler
4, Female red Backed shrike.
Chaffinch, Spotted Flycatcher all moving through in increased
numbers. Crested Lark, Goldfinch, Sardinian Warbler, Cormorant,
Griffon Vultures 15 then 3 followed by a single throughout the
morning. Kestrel 2, Buzzard 4, Raven 6, Little Egret 48 Hooded Crow,