ΦΕΒΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΣ - February - 2006

1st:
Red Admiral butterfly on the wing, Common Tree frog heard and this Green Toad discovered sheltering under a block of polystyrene near front gate (below)

3rd: In the afternoon found a couple of obliging Serins feeding on seeds. (see photograph of male below)

4th: Just enough breeze to encourage Buzzard display. Watching from rear balcony could see at least nine buzzards to the south, and at one point could see six at once through my telescope. A pale phase Booted Eagle was in our area and came over house at least twice (photo below). Highlight of the day though was an  aerial display over OUR gorge by a pair of Ravens, 2 Buzzards a Sparrowhawk and the Booted Eagle at around 12.30pm

5th: From the rear balcony at 12.15pm I spotted the Booted Eagle approach  from the Kalives area (almost certainly the same bird as previous day with damaged primary feathers). At around 2.15pm I was watching the Booted Eagle and a Buzzard overhead, when a larger bird appeared, a Bonelli's Eagle (see photo below). At 3pm there was what appeared to be a rather heated coming together of a Sparrowhawk and a pair of Hooded Crows. I had a further sighting of the Bonelli's Eagle over towards Kalives with last sighting of the Booted Eagle flying south past the gorge at 3pm.

9th: At least two pale phase Booted Eagles around on this date compare photo of bird below with the one photographed on the 4th above with damaged wingtips.


10th:
Lots of Buzzard activity, and a pale phase Booted Eagle seen in morning. Then in the late afternoon I was watching a Booted Eagle being harried by up to six crows, it eventually broke free and spiralled up with a Buzzard for company. They came nearer and I was able to see it was a dark phase bird. So over the last couple of days at least three Booted Eagles have visited  our area. Stylos river church area, one red darter dragonfly, Water Rail, and a Green Sandpiper in a flooded field. 

11th:
Blackbirds starting to sing.

13th:
Large red anemone and Giant Orchid photographed south of Stylos (below).

Other orchids and other plants will soon be in flower, see what you can find.

16th: First female Kestrel I have identified for a couple of months.

17th:
Buzzards are very much in evidence, I counted 17 in one scan from our balcony.
At Kalives west rivermouth area, Coot and Moorhen recorded. Also present Little Egret (see photo below).


19th:
Humming Bird Hawkmoth feeding on Almond blossom.

20th:
My last sighting of a Booted Eagle had been on the 11th, at 11am a dark phase individual flew from the east, westwards but at some distance. Later there were nine Buzzards over OUR gorge at one point. At approx 1pm to the north five, or as it became apparent, four Buzzards and a Bonelli's Eagle, high over the house. The Bonelli's  flew off in a south easterly direction having to fly and not soar over this relatively flat area.

21st: Six Kestrels over OUR (Maheri) gorge, Lots of buzzard sightings and red darter dragonfly sighted from the balcony. Serin and Greenfinch display flights.

Unfortunately my back trouble continues and have I not even been out in the car this week. Standing on the balcony is fairly comfortable and wildlife watching has kept me sane, I hope!


25th: Tern sp. probably Sandwich Tern east along Kalives seafront. Booted Eagle Provarma.  Buzzard with nest material Maheri Gorge.

27th:
Buzzards mating Maheri Gorge. A single Swift sp. over Maheri Gorge

28th:
Goldfinch collecting nest material from caterpillar shelter! (see photo below)

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